Should I even bother with an Antivirus app?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Catastrophe., Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Catastrophe. macrumors member

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    When I first bought my iMac I downloaded an antivirus app straight away. I tried iAntvirus at first but for some reason I couldn't turn on "Protect My Mac" so I now use Sophos. Apparently Sophos is quite useless, I've heard it doesn't actually delete any threats :|

    I've had this Mac for months and I've had no problems. I did stumble across a Mac rouge antivirus (Mac Security or whatever the hell it's called) using google image search but I got out of it straight away as I knew it was dodgy.

    Really, is there any point for Mac Antiviruses?
     
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  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    No, since there are currently no Mac viruses, there are no known signatures for them to look for. A zero day exploit will hit everyone just as hard.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Just use common sense, only download from reputable sources, and pay attention when you enter your admin password and you should be fine

    I have never used antivirus on my Macs for OS X
     
  5. Catastrophe. thread starter macrumors member

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    That's what I thought tbh. All you really need is common sense :/ As soon as I seen the Rouge I quit Safari and all was well. I have W.O.T. installed on Safari so I only go on trusted websites. And "open "safe" files after downloading" is switched off.

    I may just get rid of Sophos now.
     
  6. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    One thing I do use is opendns for my dns server. I know this is not really not much protection, but it keeps my family members from wondering to adware sites. I remember when my wife called me up to tell me she kept getting a block from opendns when she just had to get the plugin needed to print out a coupon...
     

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