Is there a Mac app to scan for spyware?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rassoodock, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. rassoodock macrumors member

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    I have been experiencing some slow internet applications, strange app hang-ups and intermittent disruptions. I know that Macs do not have the same virus problems as Windows, but what about spy ware or slave-bots? Is there any software out there that can scan for this type of stuff? Any help most appreciated. Thanks, Michael
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    There aren't any viruses or spyware in the wild for the Mac...try repairing disk permissions in Disk Utility :)
     
  3. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    also if you haven't rebooted recently do that.
     
  4. JudasX macrumors newbie

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    These guys are right....mac users can sleep easy knowing that their expensive machinery is virus and spyware free.

    BUT

    Thats not to say virus scanners don't exist. If you want to double check...download clamXav. It is freeware and will do the job completely. Last time i checked my entire comp...the search took 90 minutes and searched a hundred thousand files and found 0 viruses.

    so if you value your time...just don't worry about it
     
  5. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    but all that those do is scan for windows viruses, if you somehow were that first person to pick up a mac virus in the wild it would not know it was a virus.
     

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