I need antivirus protection for college...

Malus

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Hi,

I'm going to college this Saturday, and it is required to have an antivirus program installed on your computer (even though I will probably be the 1 out of 10 kids that use a Mac down there).

Anyway, to my question. I heard that Norton has nightmarish compatibility with Tiger, so I was going to go with Mcafee Virex, but I can't seem to just get one lisence to it. They say I need to buy at least 5...which is 200 bucks!!

If anyone can help me out to get one lisence to Mcafee Virex, or can suggest a better antivirus prgram, I would be much obliged.
 

MacDawg

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Guess your college hasn't heard... no Mac viruses
But I guess you could spread a MS Office virus to a PeeCee :eek:

I think Virex is free if you have a .Mac account
I have it, but never use it

You might try VersionTracker to see if there something available

Woof, Woof - Dawg
 

mad jew

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I don't use antivirus so I may not be much help, but for what it's worth, I'm pretty sure Norton works well with Tiger now (as well as Norton can). It didn't initially though.
 

MacDawg

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mad jew said:
I don't use antivirus so I may not be much help, but for what it's worth, I'm pretty sure Norton works well with Tiger now (as well as Norton can). It didn't initially though.
Norton did well in the old days... System 6 and 7, but after that it took a nose dive in my opinion. But my experience was more with Norton Utilities than with the Antivirus. I'm not too trusting these days.

Woof, Woof - Dawg
 

mad jew

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MacDawg said:
I'm not too trusting these days.

That's fair enough. I think all OSX antivirus programs will be pretty bad though and sometimes it's okay to go with one of the market leaders. Still, I wouldn't ever let it near my Macs.
 

MacDawg

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eva01 said:
didn't someone here write a fake antivirus software
You know, I think you are right... someone did write it or had access to it. It was just for these occasions. Hmmmmmm, where could we find that thread...


Woof, Woof - Dawg
 

joepunk

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My University has McAfee Virex for free for the students to download onto their computers. Why not wait and ask if your school has a program for free.
 

yippy

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If your university requires it they probably offer something to you free or cheap. Check that out.

Also, how are they going to know if you have AV software installed? As long as you never get a virus.....
 

Malus

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joepunk said:
My University has McAfee Virex for free for the students to download onto their computers. Why not wait and ask if your school has a program for free.
My Uncle is a prof there, I asked, and they arn't to keen on giving software out for free :(
 

Malus

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yippy said:
If your university requires it they probably offer something to you free or cheap. Check that out.

Also, how are they going to know if you have AV software installed? As long as you never get a virus.....
I'm not sure, but they do. I guess something scans your computer for it before you can log onto the internet. So no antivirus = no internet.
 

mkrishnan

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Malus said:
I've been searching for it, but to no avail.
ClamXAV, a version of ClamAV, is the major OSS free AV program: link

AFAIK, it detects but cannot cleanse.

And yeah, most big universities in the US now seem to give free licenses to one AV or another....
 

ohcrap

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Malus said:
I'm not sure, but they do. I guess something scans your computer for it before you can log onto the internet. So no antivirus = no internet.
Have you ever personally seen a computer without AV be restricted from the net?

It seems to me (call me crazy) that a good AV program would stop such a script from running at all, am I wrong?
 

Heb1228

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ohcrap said:
Have you ever personally seen a computer without AV be restricted from the net?

It seems to me (call me crazy) that a good AV program would stop such a script from running at all, am I wrong?
Also, whatever software they use to scan a windows computer for virus protection seems like it wouldn't work on a Mac. I don't think they can tell if you have it or not.

Also, if anybody knows anythign else about that fake AV software, let me know!
 

joepunk

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Ok, here is a link to my University restek website page on viruses.

At the bottom is a link to the Mac version of McAfee Virex. From there you are on your own. Good luck.
 

Malus

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ohcrap said:
Have you ever personally seen a computer without AV be restricted from the net?

It seems to me (call me crazy) that a good AV program would stop such a script from running at all, am I wrong?
I know the people who fix the computers around campus (I actually will be working there as well), and they told me to get antivirus software so I can get on the net.

Also, my cousin left her computer over winter break, when she got back to it, she was not up to date with current updates, so she had to take it back home get the updates, then take it back up to college.

I personally think it is stupid for the smart people who don't open suspicious files to buy unnessisary software cause the guy across the hall will open anything, yes...even thisisavirus.exe
 

ohcrap

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Malus said:
I know the people who fix the computers around campus (I actually will be working there as well), and they told me to get antivirus software so I can get on the net.
Let me know when you find out how it works. I'm curious..
 

faintember

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I believe that my university requires it, but i live off campus, so i have no clue as to how it works in the "real world" setting of the dorm.

I can connect wirelessly or via ethernet to the schools network with my PB with no problems (that is otherwise having to fool the network into letting you on in the first place, lol).

Anyways, i am in charge of the computers in our Electronic Music Composition lab, and the first thing i do when the tech guys install Norton after we get a new computer is to delete Norton. Sorry, but i do not need a virus scan starting every time i insert my flash drive.

Basically, i dont think that they can tell about the AV if you are using your Mac. Here is a list of what VersionTracker has listed.
 

ohcrap

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faintember said:
Basically, i dont think that they can tell.
Neither do I. MAYBE on a PC, but I really doubt they would be able to tell without actually installing software on the host computer and actively running it before establishing any network connection, even then this action should spark an alert with any respectable antivirus program (oh, and maybe even Norton :D ).
 

Malus

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ohcrap said:
Neither do I. MAYBE on a PC, but I really doubt they would be able to tell without actually installing software on the host computer and actively running it before establishing any network connection, even then this action should spark an alert with any respectable antivirus program (oh, and maybe even Norton :D ).
I doubt that it will notice for a mac, but it does know if your not updated with Windows. I dunno, I just wanna make sure that I can connect while I'm down there.
 

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