Going to buy a MBP, do I need a virus scanner?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ulf1103, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Ulf1103 macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hy, I'm going to buy my first MBP (the current 17" model, or the next, don't know it yet if I'm going to wait for it :().
    (Also buying the Apple warranty)
    Anyway, since it's my first, I don't know if I need a virus scanner for OSX.
    I'm gonna use windows on it as well, I can use Kaspersky Internet security for it (for free, we have 2 pc's at home, so we buy a 3-pack :p).

    I've heard you don't need a virus scanner for OSX, is this true? Or do you recommend me one to buy?
    If I use windows on it, and a virus destroys windows or so, will I stil be able to use OSX?
    Is there a difference when you get a virus running windows tru bootcamp or tru parallel desktops?
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Don't even bother buying one. It's a waste of money and wil make your computer slower
  3. solowmodel macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2011
    I've never used one on various Macs, never had any problems so far :)
  4. Ulf1103 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    so, don't buy a virus scanner for your Mac...

    But it's probably best for the windows part wright?
  5. Beyondthought macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2011
    I have Mackeeper on mine and would say it was worth it. It cleans and various other things too. Yes theres not many virus's out there but, Mackeeper did find 1 a couple of days ago!!
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If it found one, it was a Windows virus that can't possibly harm your Mac in any way. You don't need apps like Mackeeper.

    No viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install:
  7. Ulf1103 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    wow, thanxs.

    But, if I understand correctly, and I download software from torrents, I can get ending up destroying my Mac wright?
  8. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010

    Nothing that will "destroy" your Mac, only give you a small headache until you clean it off.

    Stop pirating software and you won't have that problem.
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, nothing you download is going to destroy your Mac. Read the link I posted for details.
  10. Ulf1103 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hey, it ain't illegal to download (only the upload is illegal) software/music/movies if you, and you alone use it. If you download some music and only you listen to it, it's legal. But from the moment you give the downloaded content to someone else, it's illegal.

    (That's how it was the last time I checked what you could and couldn't do :p)
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Actually, that's not true, but it also is irrelevant to the thread topic. If you download and install pirated software, you could be installing a trojan. It's simply not a wise thing to do, legal or not.
  12. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    Depending on what you are downloading, yes, it can be illegal and you take a great risk of getting a trojan. Lots of folks have been sued for simply downloading.....

    My advice is to avoid torrents, they are nothing but trouble. If you can't afford it find a different solution other than stealing.
  13. Ulf1103 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    I've searched a bit on the internet and found out that you're right.
    I was wrong telling that downloading software and games is legal.
    In most countries you only may download music and movies (not upload), software and games is always illegal.

    (Yes I know it's off topic)

    But anyway.
    If you only download stuff from the Mac App store and browse the web.
    There's no way you can get viruses etc. So there's no real need for a virus scanner.

    Thanks, I saved some money :)
  14. Michael383, Aug 2, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011

    Michael383 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
    I don't use a virus scanner on either of my Macs. However since you're going to run Windows on your MBP I'd recommend a virus scanner for the Windows partition.

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