Mac OS X - Virus resistant?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by funkfunkitup!, Feb 2, 2009.

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Is Mac OS X resistant to viruses and spyware?

  1. Yes - Mac OS X is resistant to viruses and spyware.

    60.0%
  2. No - Mac OS X is NOT resistant to viruses and spyware.

    40.0%
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  1. funkfunkitup! macrumors newbie

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    I've heard many people state that Macs are resistant to viruses and spyware. But then why is there anti-virus software for Mac OS X?

    What do you guys think, is Mac OS X resistant to viruses and spyware?
     
  2. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    It is simple.

    Because people will buy it.
     
  3. JG271 macrumors 6502a

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    My non-techy opinion is that they are not resistant to viruses, but more that viruses aren't really made for osx because the amount of users is relatively small.

    Anti-Virus exists for mac for the same reason it exists for PC: to make money. In my opinion, it isn't needed for either platform - it is down to the user to be careful in what they download and view in my opinion.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    One word: UNIX. It is very secure.

    To the two morons who voted "No, it is not resistant." TROJANS ARE NOT VIRUSES. THEY ARE NOT WHAT THIS POLL IS ABOUT. And the marketshare argument is a myth. There were viruses for Mac OS 9 and it had smaller marketshare than OS X ever had. Why aren't there any for OS X? Hmmm... UNIX.

    Virus=Installs itself in the background without you knowing
    Trojan=End-user must install it, thus it is always human error when you get a trojan
     
  5. armoguy94 macrumors 6502

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    It's not resistant by any means. Apple has MUCH less of the market for computers, and that's another huge reason why Macs don't have any viruses (yet).
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    people have spouted this for years and years now. yet as pointed out above OS 9 had viruses and had a smaller marketshare. its a myth.

    OS X is very stable, that doesn't mean that it is impervious.
     
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