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jaybar

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Hi

I have been using Intego since 2008. It is getting more “buggy”. It vanished from my dock and I could no longer place it back into the dock. That was the final straw.

Looking for Virus software recommendations for my 2017 iMac.

Thanks.
 

revmacian

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Hi

I have been using Intego since 2008. It is getting more “buggy”. It vanished from my dock and I could no longer place it back into the dock. That was the final straw.

Looking for Virus software recommendations for my 2017 iMac.

Thanks.
Anti-virus software is not necessary on a Mac. I would, however, recommend Malwarebytes for malware scanning - the free version works fine. Just stick to safe computing practices and you should be fine.
 

jaybar

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Anti-virus software is not necessary on a Mac. I would, however, recommend Malwarebytes for malware scanning - the free version works fine. Just stick to safe computing practices and you should be fine.
Does the paid version have any advantages?

my iMac has two accounts. Do I need to install it on each? I Practice safe computing. My husband is a big Facebook user. Does that change what product I need?
 

jaybar

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I was also going to say Malwarebytes free, but only if you encounter an issue.
can the software scan multiple accounts on the same computer or do you have to scan each account independently?
 

jaybar

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Is there any advantage to the paid version of Malwarebytes? The cost is not an issue if there was an advantage.
 

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Anti-virus software is not necessary on a Mac. I would, however, recommend Malwarebytes for malware scanning - the free version works fine. Just stick to safe computing practices and you should be fine.
, Not needed on a Mac but I would just keep the free version of Malwarebytes for occasional manual scans.
 
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WebRoot (if you're not on Catalina). Their current product is having issues installing/working on Catalina -- beta fix to be released hopefully mid-November.
 

jaybar

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WebRoot (if you're not on Catalina). Their current product is having issues installing/working on Catalina -- beta fix to be released hopefully mid-November.
I am using Catalina.
 

Big Bad D

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I have used Intego for many years and it works well for me, I do not find it buggy and it works well in the background and does not have noticeable impact on Mac performance.

For me the decision to install an anti virus app is not so much for the risk for security of my Mac, but because for work and other associations I share many files between colleagues who use PCs and I do not want to spread viruses if they have not been so conscientious.

I add my support to the recommendations for Malwarebytes.
 

jaybar

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I have used Intego for many years and it works well for me, I do not find it buggy and it works well in the background and does not have noticeable impact on Mac performance.

For me the decision to install an anti virus app is not so much for the risk for security of my Mac, but because for work and other associations I share many files between colleagues who use PCs and I do not want to spread viruses if they have not been so conscientious.

I add my support to the recommendations for Malwarebytes.
@Big Bad D

My issue with Intego is they make changes b/c of changes in the MacOS, but don’t tell you when the product works differently. If you email them, they have good support and they tell you what you then need to do, but they should tell you up front.

For example, changes in MacOS, made them change their software, which in turn removed the icon from the dock. Getting it back into the dock, was not possible with the usual drag and drop. Advising the customer via email or release notes would have helped.
 

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Is there any advantage to the paid version of Malwarebytes? The cost is not an issue if there was an advantage.
Paid version is an automated, full-time scanner. The free version you have to run manually. You pay if you think you need full-time protection. You don't have to pay if you feel you need to just run a scan when you suspect a problem.
 

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Well he’s full of crap, so it would be hard for him to elaborate.
Maybe I can shed some light crap around.
We (not me specifically, I'm the good guy acting like a bad guy) attack software as well as OS to inject agents. It is much easier to find/exploit software bugs and they often go unpatched for months, sometimes years. Virus protection software is ubiquitous. So we study it, mostly for irony.
We "pentest" all common software: Skype, Zoom, Norton, Facebook Apps, ect.

@wardie
 
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Maybe I can shed some light crap around.
We (not me specifically, I'm the good guy acting like a bad guy) attack software as well as OS to inject agents. It is much easier to find/exploit software bugs and they often go unpatched for months, sometimes years. Virus protection software is ubiquitous. So we study it, mostly for irony.
We "pentest" all common software: Skype, Zoom, Norton, Facebook Apps, ect.

@wardie
Norton is and always has been a steaming pile of crap.
 
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