Do I need virus / spyware software for my new Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by wehokev, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. wehokev macrumors member

    wehokev

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    I have had Windows pcs for many years (prior to that I had my Amiga and Commodore 64). I just got a 24" Alu Mac. Since I have been on Windows XP for a while, I am used to running a virus checker, a spy ware scanner, etc.

    Do people use virus / spyware / malware scanners on Macs?

    If so what is your recommendation?

    Thanks!

    Also, if anyone knows a good freeware or shareware Mac version of the game Hearts similar to the one ships with Windows, I would love to hear about it! My spouse has asked me three times about it.
     
  2. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Nope, there's no need for anti-virus/spyware software on your Mac.

    There are some great card games available as widgets you can download from Apple.
     
  3. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    The viruses/malware I've seen for Mac OS X aren't like those on Windows. You have to manually install them before you're affected, they don't automatically install themselves. So currently antiviral software is a waste of money on Mac OS X.
     
  4. DerekS macrumors 6502

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    Don't waste your money. The unix core of OSX is secure. You can't mess it up unless you willfully do something dumb.
     
  5. Zuplar macrumors regular

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    i downloaded a virus scanner that is called ClamXav. i run it every once in awhile, but never have a virus.
     
  6. italiano40 macrumors 65816

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    i would get Avast it is free and very good, it would be good to have just for that .00001% case
     
  7. valdore macrumors 65816

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    When I was visiting the apple store this weekend I noticed they have anti-virus software for macs for sale in the store. Why?
     
  8. Zuplar macrumors regular

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    to make money from the people who just have to have it.
     
  9. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    There is only one mac Trojan out in the wild that I know of and no viruses. you do not need any anti virus, unless you go to porn sites and download a codec for video and put in your administrator password to manually install the Trojan, pretending to be a video codec.
     
  10. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    Because that'd be 10 less people they could have squeezed a dime out of ;)
     

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