omg Complete Panic. Virus protection needed?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JulieGirl, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. JulieGirl macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2009
    I just bought a 2005 G5 iMac. (2 weeks ago)

    Totally love it. Amazing. Amazing.

    Do I need to install virus protection?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. The term "virus" is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, adware, and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability.

    From Symantec:
    As of this time, there are NO viruses in the wild that affect current Mac OS X. In the past, there have been a few viruses that ran on older versions of the Mac operating system, but no longer.

    There are, as of this time, trojans that can affect Mac OS X, but these must be downloaded and installed by the user, which involves entering the user's administrator password. Trojans can easily be avoided by the user exercising common sense and caution when installing applications. A common source of trojans is pirated software, typically downloaded from bit torrent sites.

    Having virus protection software on your Mac is pointless, as far as protecting your Mac from viruses, since AV software can't detect a virus that doesn't exist. It is possible to have a file reside on your hard drive that contains a Windows virus, but since a Windows virus (program) can't run in native Mac OS X, it would be harmless to your Mac. Some choose to run AV on their Mac to scan for Windows viruses, so the Mac user can't pass a virus-infected file to a Windows user. In my opinion, a Windows user should be protected by their own AV software, so the burden of protection lies with the Windows user.
  3. JulieGirl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2009
  4. DazBrowne macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2009
    If your scared you can download a free one from not needed though! Mac 1-0 PC

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