Best trojan scanner?

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  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, I'm sure this topic has been done to death, but what would you recommend in terms of something that is either:

    A) Free
    and/or
    B) Refreshes/updates definition files...

    Thanks a bunch.
     
  2. rdowty macrumors 6502a

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  3. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No actually, I didn't.
    Thanks for the accusation though!
     
  4. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    Little Snitch isn't free but you can run it in demo mode which asks you to start it again every three hours. That has the advantage of letting you control whatever wants to connect to the internet, not just trojans.
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Why would you need that? Unless you're stealing iLife, iWork, or installing porn codecs you have nothing to worry about.
     
  6. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Please tell me what a porn codec is... I would love to hear. Enlighten me.
     
  7. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Someone goes to a porn page, the video won't play and a pop up comes that says that you need to update a video codec in order to watch it. You install this "codec" that really is a trojan and then you're effed.

    You really don't need a trojan scanner in OS X, unless you're installing stuff without knowing what it is or where it came from.
     
  8. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I would just like to scan once to make sure I'm safe... I'm 99.9999999% sure I'm clean, but peace of mind would be nice.
     
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  10. jw2002 macrumors 6502

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    Finger pointing - Yay!

    Even though most of us here probably keep our macs pretty well secured with strong passwords and encrypted wireless access points at home, it is always good to periodically assess your computer for any vulnerabilities. That's just plain common sense, and while I consider OS X to be pretty secure, it is not 100% impregnable:

    http://secunia.com/advisories/product/96/

    My company's corporate IT policy requires that all purchased software be evaluated rigorously for spyware/trojans/viruses whether PC or Mac.

    Back to the OP's question, go to versiontracker and search for the word spy.
     
  11. orsfan21 macrumors newbie

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    Hahaha, accusations. I bet a lot of people frowned at that comment though. Mac is a growing target.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It could also be useful if you transfer files to and fro a network of windows machines. Even if your machine won't get infected, it's nice not to pass along malware to others.
     
  13. iklln6 macrumors newbie

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    um...people who completely sidetrack question forums with critical conversation should be shot. the man asked a question, if you don't have an ANSWER then hit BACK and move on to a forum that asks for your "intellectual" contribution. You don't know this person by the simple question; he could be asking on behalf of a friend that asked him, or he could be plain curious. Quit arrogantly labeling him a thief... Besides, who is a moron to label people thieves?


    To answer your question, ClamXav is a great free trojan scanner. The program, itself, was developed late august 2008, but the virus list gets updated frequently. It's simple, efficient, and FREE.

    http://www.clamxav.com/
     
  14. za9ra22 macrumors 6502

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    To add to the recommendation for ClamXav (though it's been around a lot longer than August 2008), once installed, there's a feature called Folder Sentry that you set to watch the folder your downloads go into. Also set it to watch your user folder and any other vulnerable places such as email, and update the definitions every couple of days or so to keep yourself as reasonably secure from Trojans and other malware as you need to be.
     

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