new to Macs, how necessary is virus scan software?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Blumac14, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Blumac14 macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2008
    About to make the switch to Apple, probably a 15" MBP once WWDC passes. I know Macs aren't prone to viruses like PCs, but I couldn't really find anything on recommended virus scan software for Macs, or if it's even truly necessary to buy.

    Any thoughts?
  2. redgaz26 macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2007
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    you don't need it. Sure if it makes you feel better theres a few you can buy but I've never had any problems and don't intend to buy any ant-virus in the near future.
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    No need, unless you really want a placebo effect.

    Mac OS X has no viruses since it was released almost 10 years ago.
  4. tibi08 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    Brighton, UK
    Not necessary at the current time - this may change at some point in the future!
  5. NeXTLoop macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2003
    As the others have said, there are no known viruses for OS X. However, if you want to be extra safe, rather than buy a program just download ClamXav. It's free and does a good job of scanning files you think might be suspicious.
  6. realfx macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2008
    <---- put very well, this could change over night but for now you need nothing. Don't worry when you need one you will know it. It will be the biggest media storm ever.
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    If you interact with PCs then I would suggest ClamXav which is free. You can't catch a PC virus but you can potentially be a carrier.
  8. blakintosh macrumors member

    May 26, 2008
    I've heard that people that share a lot of files with pc users scan their macs for viruses. I guess this is to avoid passing a virus to non-mac users.

    I'm really not sure about this and hopefully someone can clear this up.

    I guess that you can have documents with a virus but if you are on a mac you wouldn't notice but when you send it to a windows pc, this virus can activate on their pc.
  9. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
  10. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    if you will be running a mail server, or maybe some file site, you may want to use clamav for scans. Or if you will be sharing directories with windows users, in the case of a virus spreading around.

    If this is just a personal laptop used for standard usage, don't bother.
  11. adonofrio macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2008
    Possible Or Probable: Not Quite The Same Thing

    To shave a fine edge on the question of whether MACs are vulnerable to viruses. The reason why there have been no MAC OS 10 viruses in 12 years has more to do with the laziness of the folks who write virus code. They just don't want to bother writing virus code for UNIX platforms -- too much trouble. So they focus their talents on the weaker Windows environment. It is just easier.

    A case of optimizing the effects of time and effort. That only means that when a really neurotic code slinger gets motivated, then there will be a MAC virus.:eek:

    And whoever said -- None of the current protection plans will be effective -- Yes probably that is correct. :)

    Oh and I forgot. My MAC hard drive crashed a week ago right after I installed the most recent Intel security update. Lost a lot of stuff.
  12. shoewee macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2007
    Just my 2 cents. I say get it under certain circumstances. I just renewed my Norton Anti-virus. I got my first virus on my mac from my online college professor. He sent me my paper back graded and with it was a macro virus. Let me say it did NOTHING to my mac. I saved the file to my flash drive, and then reopened it on my PC at work. It was fine. I reopened the same file at home and there was a virus. The virus software at my work didn't catch it because it was crappy virus software.

    I went out and bought the virus software. Scanned my computer, and there was the virus. Some kind of macro virus. So, lesson learned, if you are sharing files with a windows computer, I would recommend virus software. Even though it did nothing to the MAC it could have caused havoc to Windows, the mac just being the carrier of the virus! :)
  13. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    MAC is short for Media Access Control ( MAC address )

    Norton is probably the worst thing you could install on your Mac,try a search
  14. Vster macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    Celina, TX
    Never really thought about being a "carrier". Clamxav here I come!
  15. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York

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