Virus Checker ?

Washac

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I used to use ClamXAV for the occassional virus scan on my Mas just in case and it find things that maybe should not have been present on my machine. I went to use it today only to find that they now want an annual fee to use it. So what I am looking for is a good free or one of payment virus checker for my Mac.

Oh and not Norton it installs crap on your machine that is pretty hard to get rid of.


Thanks
 

keysofanxiety

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Almost every infection you'd encounter is malware, so MWB is your guy: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

AVs would normally just detect Windows viruses and certainly wouldn't detect anything Mac-native that MWB wouldn't.

Regardless if you're still looking for one, I'd probably say Avast is your best bet. It's quite lightweight and not particularly intrusive.
 
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Washac

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Almost every infection you'd encounter is malware, so MWB is your guy: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

AVs would normally just detect Windows viruses and certainly wouldn't detect anything Mac-native that MWB wouldn't.

Regardless if you're still looking for one, I'd probably say Avast is your best bet. It's quite lightweight and not particularly intrusive.
Thanks will take a look at that.
 

Bending Pixels

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Unless you're looking at naughty stuff or are on the Dark Web, AV software will only slow down your Mac.

Don't waste your money or time.
 
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Washac

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Unless you're looking at naughty stuff or are on the Dark Web, AV software will only slow down your Mac.

Don't waste your money or time.
OK, I am doing neither so will give that a miss then, thank you.
 

whoisyourdaddy

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Unless you're looking at naughty stuff or are on the Dark Web, AV software will only slow down your Mac.

Don't waste your money or time.
This is a very irrational reply for giving reasons about why you would/wouldn't want to have any security software. Here you go. r/DankChristianMemes
 

GGJstudios

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Macs are not immune to malware and no system is 100% secure, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on macOS, and there never have been any since it was released over 17 years ago. The only true malware in the wild that can affect your Mac is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by being careful about what apps you install (no pirated software). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing. In addition, some antivirus apps have themselves been used to introduce malware to Macs. In general, macOS malware is so relatively rare, that only a very small percentage of Mac users have ever encountered any.
 

whoisyourdaddy

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I used to use ClamXAV for the occassional virus scan on my Mas just in case and it find things that maybe should not have been present on my machine. I went to use it today only to find that they now want an annual fee to use it. So what I am looking for is a good free or one of payment virus checker for my Mac.

Oh and not Norton it installs crap on your machine that is pretty hard to get rid of.


Thanks
It depends upon your use. So, to tailor the suggestion would require some ideas about the probability of your OS being compromised. Average home user who may access websites with adult-related material and even places on the "Dark Web"; you would be fine with enabling the software firewall, adding an extension such as uBlock Origin, and not installing unsigned software from any sources outside of the Mac Store or official repositories of third-party developers. You could even use a "Privacy" mode of the browser and disable JavaScript. Connecting via a VPN, proxy service, or Tor network can anonymize your web surfing. If you want to install anti-virus/anti-malware, etc., then I would suggest a static, on-demand scanner with no real-time active component for interfering with other applications or the OS. MWB (Free), ClamAV, Avira, etc. are just a few without this dynamic scanning that's always loaded into memory which can compromise the system. Other thoughts and suggestions I could make but done with this reply.