Need fast, reliable, working Mac security software!

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by AppleFan22, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. AppleFan22 macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2014
    My uncle has had his Mac for a while, and recently he tried to install something dodgy to watch a live football match, from his Mac. However, he nearly always gets ad pop-ups now, and he's had enough. I installed Ad-Block for him, but that probably won't be enough. What's a good virus scanner for Mac, that's free, and works quickly? It needs to work in depth, but not take too long. I was thinking avast! might work, but it takes a little too long. Any other suggestions or would avast! be the best?
  2. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    ClamXav is what I use but really unless you go to some seedy sites, one does not need even this Anti Virus, but its rated very highly for a Mac.
  3. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    which browser? anyway, check the extensions...i had this happen a few weeks ago, and found an extension i did NOT choose to install (can't remember the name :( ) that was causing this...
  4. AppleFan22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2014
    The browser was Chrome, and I did check the extensions, but there was nothing dodgy there. I ended up sticking with avast!, and it found over 170 infections, all of which have since been deleted. I'm hoping that will have done it for hime, although there were a load of files that couldn't be scanned (presumably because they were core files). Nevertheless, it all seemed good.

    On the other hand, the ClamXav thing seemed useless, and was full of warning on how the computer should be backed up first, etc. and it then had the nerve to say it needed to install another piece of software, at which point it was sent straight to the Trash.
  5. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    The warning to create a backup before changing or altering system files is always good advice, and the file ClamXav wanted to download was the latest updated data file of virus signatures, necessary for proper operation, but of course you knew that.:rolleyes:

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