Virus Barrier X5 question

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  1. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

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    1. Where do I find a list of threats that it can detect? I've googled, can't seem to find it.

    2. Is there any way to update virus definitions without using Net Update? My copy of Virus Barrier doesn't connect to the update server correctly.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    there are no viruses that infect OSx. the antivirus people rely on FUD. The website is full of **** about having your files damaged by a virus. pfft.
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I know all that, that's not what I was asking. I use Windows a lot, too, and I like to check all my files before copying them into Parallels or onto my Boot Camp partition.
     
  4. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    If you're in the mindset that you really want an antivirus scammer... Freudian slip... :eek: antivirus scanner - then google iAntivirus, it's free and does scan for and protect you against the 7 Mac malwares that exist. ;)
     
  5. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    I think he means a scanner to scan his files for windows viruses. check the forums, I remember some threads about it, not too long ago (~3 weeks)
     
  6. Jethryn Freyman thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I've been using ClamXAV for Windows viruses, and iAntiVirus for OS X threats.

    iAV damages files it quarantines, though, is missing half the current OS X trojans, and half its threat database are not threats at all (e.g. they are password crackers.)

    I'm not one of the people paranoid about getting something on OS X, as there are no viruses, adn the trojans can be avoided by common sense, but I need something for Windows threats, and if it works well on OS X threats too, even better.

    Thanks for the answers - although I'm actually looking for the answers to my questions in my first post.
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    From the Virus Barrier X5 website:

    "Protects your Mac from all known Mac viruses and malware"

    there are no known mac viruses. Malware can easily be avoided by not being stupid.
     
  8. wackymacky macrumors 65832

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    I've seen a lot of "Authorized re-seller" Mac stockist selling anti-viral software with boxes stating "detects all known OS X 10.5 virus.

    Apple even sells this cr** on their online store.

    "Intego VirusBarrier X5Simple, fast, and non-intrusive, VirusBarrier X5 keeps your Mac safe from all known viruses."

    What a load of rubbish.

    I guess if I was a lone (Intel) Mac plugged into a LAN of PC drones i may worry about all the PC files I’d have on my HD.

    But as I only have 3 Macs, firewalled on a secure network and I don't down load dodgy soft-ware I don't think I need anti-viral software.

    Perhaps I'm a little cavalier?
     
  9. Jethryn Freyman thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm looking for an answer to my two questions.
     
  10. BroadcastDoc macrumors 6502

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    I use Intego as well. There is, unfortunately, no way to update it without running net update.

    I was poking around to try and find a list of what it protects, my understanding is that it's a pretty full list of Windows viruses.

    Good on you for wanting to protect others! I run Intego to protect the Windows machines on my various networks. It certainly doesn't hurt!
     
  11. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    I have actually run into an interesting problem with Virus Barrier. The other day, I got a random message saying it had found a virus. However, the virus was not on the mac partition. It somehow thought that a file inside of my Windows installation of Office was a virus but when I am in Windows I get no such messages.
     
  12. Jethryn Freyman thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Alright, I tried to run it in the evaluation mode so I could update definitions, but I'm being told that my evaluation period has expired.

    I had it installed for one day, about a year ago. I tried AppZapper, a system search, and Intego's uninstallation program, but it was obviously not completely removed.

    Does anybody know how I can completely uninstall Virus Barrier?
     
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  14. Jethryn Freyman thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That doesn't fully uninstall it, it still leaves behind some little trace that it was installed - which is why it is telling me my evaluation period has expired.
     
  15. Jethryn Freyman thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Nevermind, I've erased every associated file I can find.

    Seriously, VB is harder to delete than spyware on Windows - and I don't think I want software like that on my computer.
     
  16. EmperorDarius macrumors 6502a

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    Not really, it pretty much detects all the mac malware that other vendors can find, it just updates a bit later (one day normally, more if a new threat is detected in the weekend, since the company doesn't work in the weekend).
     
  17. Jethryn Freyman thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You're right, I just checked the database then. They've done a pretty good job.
     

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