Mac Anti-Virus?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ramenstien, May 7, 2011.

  1. Ramenstien macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2010
    I have had my MacBook Pro since Christmas and I have read in different places that it is hard for a Mac to get a virus. That being said, I have been less worried about my computer. But I was wondering if there was a way to just scan my computer to make sure that everything is alright. Nothing seems to be wrong but I am just a little bit worried about it. Thanks for all of the help.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You'd need to download some kind of anti-virus software to do that. There isn't anything included out of the box.
  3. Legion93 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Death Star, Rishi Maze
    If you want absolute protection, there are some anti-virus softwares available for macs, like Symantec, Kapersky, Norton, Mcafee etc. To an average consumer, viruses are very rare to get on macs.
  4. Ramenstien thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2010
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There has never been a virus in the wild that affects Mac OS X since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some education and common sense and care in what software you install:
  6. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
  7. dangerfish macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
    Really no reason to be worried.

    Mac Virus/Malware Info

    But, there are plenty of options if you insist on having antivirus software.

    (Damn, I should have known GGJ would have beat me to it)
  8. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    EDIT: Apparently I took way too long writing this...

    Please, please, don't go download and install an anti-virus program! There are many reasons, but the most significant is that none of the anti-virus programs in existence can catch a Mac virus, because there are none to catch (most don't even detect the few trojans that are out there). Because of this fact, you're looking at wasting a significant percentage of your computer's resources (mostly RAM and processor power) for zero benefit, and arguably placing yourself at more risk because of the false sense of security it brings.

    All you need to do to protect yourself is be aware of exactly what is asking for your password and why. If you don't type in your password for things you didn't intend to install and that you know where they came from and why, then you'll never have any problems with malware of any type on the Mac.

    If you are sharing files with a PC often and feel that you absolutely must have something to scan for Windows viruses, ClamXav is one of the least intrusive and more effective tools for that. I wouldn't recommend letting it scan in the background, just run it on files you plan to transfer. Definitely don't use iAntiVirus, it actually is almost malware itself. GGJStudios will probably show up and tell you more about that.


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