Integrated Antivirus in OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ColdFlame87, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. ColdFlame87 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2004
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I had recently been trying to talk my cousin into buying an iBook when he decides to buy a laptop. It is his first computer purchase and he is worried about receiving viruses and having to buy antivirus software. I told him macs are nearly impervious to virus threats and that he need not worry about getting antivirus software, and as proof i told him that in the 3 yrs ive had my iMac ive never once had a problem with viruses and never had a need for antivirus software. In comes an uncle of mine who thinks windows machines are better than macs in every subject matter. He says that the only reason i did not receive viruses was because i had antivirus installed all along, I told him that it wasnt true that macs just plain didnt get viruses as much as their windows counterparts. As such i made a bet with him, if he finds any antivirus software on the mac, i have to give him my whole setup, including computer printere scanner etc. which he will sell and by a windows computer with for himself, if he does not find any he will pay for a mac himself as a replacement for my already aging computer. Good deal but im starting to wonder could there possibly be an antivirus installed within the OS? It would be horrible if he found one and i had to loose my computer :(
  2. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    No. There is no anti virus software preinstalled on macs. However, you can buy anti virus software for the mac, but even it is to stop the spread of viruses to other Windows PCs.
  3. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    os x IS built-in anti-virus :p
    but seriously, there's no built-in antivirus software.
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    Put simply, there is no need to have antivirus protection on your Mac. It will do nothing except consume resources and RAM. End of story. :cool:
  5. umrdad macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2005
    why worry

    dosen't the bird flu virus kill winders based systems? damn i hope so, what this planet needs is a good healthy dump, dump all winders pc's overboard
  6. ColdFlame87 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2004
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Haha looks like i win the bet then! :D thankyou for the feedback
  7. redeye be macrumors 65816

    redeye be

    Jan 27, 2005
    There is kind of an anti-virus app in Macs. It's called OS X ;)

    If only i had family like that. :D
  8. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    Drag & drop on windblows computers:

    A) Drag machine to edge of desk
    B) Drop it into trash can

    Goodbye virii
    Goodbye trogans
    Good way for a windblows machine to die

    hehehehe :D :)
  9. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    A Windows Virus will do NOTHING to your Mac, but
    some schools and businesses are not aware of this and
    still require the use of anti-virus software.

    The only reason you might need A/V protection at all would be to prevent
    an infected file from one Windows user from passing on to another Windows user THROUGH your system.

    While many may have attempted to write a virus for Mac OS X

    NO ONE has succeeded to write an effective virus since the adoption
    of Mac OS X.

  10. alexstein macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2004

    Hope it stays that way for many more years to come!!:) :cool:
  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    I don't know why it wouldn't. Regardless of how popular OS X is or will be, the fact remains it is based on UNIX, which is extremely secure by nature, so I don't think too much will change with regards to the OS's security. :cool:

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