New iMac - Anti-Virus Program

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JD Shaw, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. JD Shaw macrumors newbie

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    Getting new 27 inch (256 GB SSD) tomorrow. Do I need an anti-virus program? Thanks.
     
  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    Only if you run Windows on it via VM or BootCamp.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Use an AV program if that makes you feel good, or you just want it.
    Do you need it? No.

    If you scroll to the bottom of your thread here - you will see similar threads listed, probably with exactly the same information that you will get in this thread. You will see both sides there, which will give you recommendations and opinions.
     
  4. Conutz macrumors regular

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    If you frequent shady web sites or install apps from unknown sources, then consider it. Otherwise you should be fine.
     
  5. macryan1 macrumors member

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    I run Malwarebytes once in awhile, it's free.
     
  6. USAntigoon macrumors regular

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    Intego - Virus Barrier is pretty good..
     
  7. kazmac macrumors 604

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    Webroot or ClamXav are good. Webroot runs in the background though and may slow the system down (It does not do so on my W10 laptop with an SSD, it did slow down my aging iMac though, but not a problem for the OP.)

    ClamXav is solid but you choose when to run it.

    OP, enjoy your new iMac.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    "MalwareBytes anti-Malware for Mac" is all you need.
    It comes in both a "free" and "paid" (subscription) version.
    Free is all you need.

    As mentioned above, if you run BootCamp, you might want some kind of protection "on the PC side". But what happens there won't affect the Mac side.
     
  9. siomitos macrumors newbie

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    I use the Bit Defender for MAC. It stops all the attachments from the email that contain viruses, or spam messages. It is light.
     
  10. cynics macrumors G4

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    MalwareBytes is pretty much all you need, and of course use common sense.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on macOS, and there never have been any since it was released over 17 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect your Mac is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by being careful about what apps you install (no pirated software). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing.
     

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