Is peerguardian a virus?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iSabifi, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. iSabifi macrumors member

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    Me and my friend were arguing about peerguardian being a virus or not. So can you solve our conflict? Thanks.
     
  2. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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  3. iSabifi thread starter macrumors member

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, PeerGuardian is not a virus. There has never been a Mac OS X virus in the wild.

    PeerGuardian is a privacy oriented firewall application. It blocks connections to and from hosts specified in huge blocklists (thousands or millions of IP ranges).

    Mac Virus/Malware FAQ
     
  5. jw2002 macrumors 6502

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    No, it's not a virus, but it's probably not worth installing unless you use a zillion different P2P applications at once. For instance, the bit torrent application Transmission has an option for loading and updating from a blocklist URL, so there is no need to have a separate app take care of that.
     

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