Do I need antivirus on OS X?

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  1. Baymack macrumors newbie

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    I'm a new MacBook Pro owner and was wondering if I should install an antivirus program and which one is recommended?
     
  2. mrkramer macrumors 603

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  3. Kissmyne macrumors 6502

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    Need of an antivirus strongly depends on user computer skills/habits. Sophos, Avira, and BitDefender are all great AV for macOS. Personally I use Sophos.. for the entire life of this Mac i am using to post. No issues, no hassles.. and it has helped me resolve issues on PCs as well(Can scan network drives via SMB protocol.)
     
  4. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    I've never had an anti-virus program on any Mac I've ever owned, and I've never had a virus problem. Safe surfing has a lot to do with it too. Surf porn and other potentially malicious sites, and you'll probably infect your computer with something detrimental to your computer's health.
     
  5. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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    Of course there are regular phishing attempts, adware and other exploits. The last targeting 166 models of routers that don't seem to care what OS or platform, just router firmware.

    Most A/V lack documented APIs to work properly and instead interfere with the kernel in MacOS.
     
  6. Markc1024 macrumors member

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    One thing to consider, although Macs are less prone, is passing along virus's to your non-Mac friends. I run bitdefender and it routinely finds problems within emails sent to me.
     
  7. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    I don't, but then again I don't try to download free games and movies, torrents, video streamers, etc.

    Should >you< install antivirus? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  8. lclev macrumors regular

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    I don't run any antivirus and never have. I have recommended Malwarebytes for mac which is a stand alone app that will look for nasties and is especially useful for the occasional browser issues. I also run browser extensions to protect my mac. I like to run Ghostery and Adblock Plus. Extensions help block tracking, adds, autostart videos, redirects to other potentially bad websites etc.

    Just my thoughts!
     
  9. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    This is pretty much the only reason to use antivirus on a Mac.
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    I've never used an "active" virus detection app with OS X -- not needed.

    I do use "Malware Bytes Anti-Malware for Mac", which is free. It doesn't detect viruses, but rather Malware, adware, etc.
     
  11. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Or, if you find out that someone in your Contacts is using Windows without anti-virus software, delete them and use a phone to call or text them a warning.
     
  12. ilandmac macrumors member

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    Same here, Bit defender.

    pretty astute and non invasive.

    ilandmac
     

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