Virex and your CPU


macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 28, 2003
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I've noticed that my CPU has been running over time for a long while, especially every time I hooked up to the net.

At first, I wasn't sure what was up. When I opened up activity monitor, I noticed a few programs that were blasting my CPU up to 100% usage. Making my powerbook hot, and the fan would rattle away. Well, at least I assume that ticking sound on my powerbook is the fan... it ticks and rattles when it gets really hot.

After trial and error, I realized the problem was Virex. Virex was running several programs in the background, and even more programs were engaged once I plugged into the net.

In my Virex options, Active virus protection was turned on. After turning it off, I watched as my CPU usage drop, and so did the heat. I also noticed that my programs are working a little faster. Not only did I have more CPU power to spare, I had more RAM space, too.

So, if you noticed that something is making your CPU work overtime, you may want to check Virex and turn off the automatic updates and active virus protection options.

I'm not too worried about getting a virus. I've had my Mac for a year and I've never caught any virus, while my Window-user friends have.

I can still turn on Virex and scan for viruses whenever I feel like it, of course, but I don't have to be as paranoid on a Mac as I would on a Windows machine.

I hope this tip helps someone out.

--nate :)

PS I have a 15" Powerbook G4 @1GHz with 768 RAM


macrumors newbie
Feb 21, 2005
Anti-Viruse Question

How do you like the Vitrex on your mac beside the storage problems and temperature? Does it protect pretty good?

redeye be

macrumors 65816
Jan 27, 2005
ladymac392 said:
Does it protect pretty good?
actually u don't need it.
Right now it's just to make sure u don't pass on viri to windows users, so you might as wel not use it ;) .



macrumors 6502a
Nov 3, 2004
Near London
Virex is both pointless and waistful. No Mac user needs it as of yet because there are no viruses for the Mac, Virex just uses up CPU and ram resources.
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