Mac antivirus?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Sahumah, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Sahumah macrumors newbie

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    Hello! I'm really new to the mac world but I love it so much! I couldn't sleep well since I got my brand new macbook. :p So please bear with me.
    I downloaded macKeeper the full version, I mean I purchased it. My question is: is this App enough for my mac to be safe or I need an anti virus like Kasper and stuff?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I highly recommend you delete MacKeeper. It has a horrible reputation and is pretty much useless.

    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). Also, Mac OS X 10.6 and later versions have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall

    2. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General

    3. Disable Java in your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox). This will protect you from malware that exploits Java in your browser, including the recent Flashback trojan. Leave Java disabled until you visit a trusted site that requires it, then re-enable only for the duration of your visit to that site. (This is not to be confused with JavaScript, which you should leave enabled.)

    4. Change your DNS servers to OpenDNS servers by reading this.

    5. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you're not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.

    6. Never let someone else have access to install anything on your Mac.

    7. Don't open files that you receive from unknown or untrusted sources.

    8. For added security, make sure all network, email, financial and other important passwords are long and complex, including upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

    9. Always keep your Mac and application software updated. Use Software Update for your Mac software. For other software, it's safer to get updates from the developer's site or from the menu item "Check for updates", rather than installing from any notification window that pops up while you're surfing the web.
    That's all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any Mac OS X malware that has ever been released into the wild. While you may elect to use it, 3rd party antivirus software is not required to keep your Mac malware-free.

    If you still want to run antivirus for some reason, ClamXav (which is free) is one of the best choices, since it isn't a resource hog, detects both Mac and Windows malware and doesn't run with elevated privileges. You can run scans when you choose, rather than leaving it running all the time, slowing your system.
     
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  4. Eddyala macrumors newbie

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    Hello and I would like to know why is it that CleanMyMac does more harm then good? I thought it was a good program and this was the first time I heard anything negative about it. Can you Please be more specific about it cause I've been using it and so far I don't think I've had any problems from it...or have I ?:confused:
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    It is not necessary in the first place: Five Mac maintenance myths

    And here are some posts I found via search:
    single post with quotes from posters, who had problems since installing CleanMyMac
    Thread describing, that too much got cleaned.

    And free, less destructive, alternative to CMC, if one has the wish to clean, albeit not necessary.
     
  6. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    As posted, get rid of and stay away from Mackeeper, it does more harm than good, and I find it odd that it's still mainstream advertising. If you want a free AV for MAc (although you really do not need it) ClamAV is free from the App store.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    I see CleanMyMac advertised on this message board all the time, but that may be due to me browsing those shady Lamebook sites.
     
  8. Sahumah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    These are so valuable tips! I feel to cry for the 39$ I paid for it but I just deleted it when I saw ur reply. :( thank you so much for your time and effort to write these tips. :)

    so is TORRENT again not safe to download from? I think it might be the only thing I'm worried about my mac from.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You should always exercise caution with torrent files. I especially wouldn't install any apps from torrent sites, as there have been several instances of malware-infected pirated apps on such sites.
     
  10. Sahumah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just deleted it! Thanks for your advice.

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    but I'm addicted to games that I can find full version on torrent and I think that it ruined my previous laptop. But then I have to stay away from torrents? :confused: Is there any other solution.

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    You know nobody told me about it! I just found its ads on safari and thought it's good. the minute i purchased it they kept sending me emails telling me how to use it. I wish that I asked before.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, install free games from reputable, trusted sites or buy games from such sites.
    MacKeeper's advertising is notorious, pervasive and misleading.
     
  12. Sahumah, Aug 28, 2012
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    Sahumah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yep I should have asked here before wasting money on it! anyway I will just ask here again before doing anything stupid again.
     

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