Do I need antivirus on my mbp?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Deedz, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Deedz macrumors newbie

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    Just curious what would cause me to need antivirus on my mac? I have ESET on my mac but it seems to slow it down a bit. I do use torrents & download mp3s from blogs. Should I keep this on?
     
  2. redbotsoftware macrumors regular

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    No, you don't need anti-virus programs, unless you are running windows, through parallels, or fusion or bootcamp.
     
  3. a-m-k macrumors 6502a

    a-m-k

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    I do have one only because you never know what other sites are like out there....
     
  4. Mike Macintosh macrumors regular

    Mike Macintosh

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    No need for Virus scanners, never used them on a Mac and I never will, chances of running into a Mac virus is like finding a needle in a haystack.

    However if you use Windows I suggest getting some protection for that side, but all in all you don't really need it while using OSX.
     
  5. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

    CaptainChunk

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    I've been using Macs for over 10 years and never once have I ran into a virus.

    But if you run Windows through either virtualzation or Boot Camp, you'll definitely want to install a good virus scanner.
     
  6. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

    Blondie :)

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    I actually have ClamXav as my virus scanner. Mainly because I scan almost all my downloads after I get them haha. You really don't need it at all, but it's a nice safe guard for yourself haha
     
  7. FnuGk macrumors regular

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    you could just disable the "on-access" scanner wich is what is slowing things down and then just do a complete scan every now and then if you feel unsecure
     

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