Virus protection

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by syldok, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. syldok macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2011
    I have just put Windows on my MBA, do i need a virus protection, can put my Mcafee on and will it only run in the windows environment.

    So do you need two virus protections 1 for Mac and 1 for Windows.

    I have only just changed over to Mac 1 month.
  2. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    A Mac's virus protection does not see windows so I would think you would need protection in Windows.
  3. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    Good general rule of thumb: before you tap it, be sure and wrap it.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    there are zero viruses that affect OSx.

    Just put anti-virus on your windows partition.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You do need antivirus on Windows, but it's not necessary on Mac OS X. No viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install:
  6. PraisiX-windows, Jun 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011

    PraisiX-windows macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    Hehe hehe, *smirk*.
    I wouldn't say you need antivirus for windows, especially not if it's windows 7, however if one wants to feel safe, sure.
    For the mac osx however, like GGJ says here, no virus has been created for Mac osx, other than a proof of concept virus.

    That's not to say you wouldn't benefit from having anti viral software, as I believe it covers both worms and trojans, right? - In that case you would definately need it on OS X as well if you want to feel secure.

    Edit: You just adviced against getting anti viral software, GGJ, but those do usually protect against spyware, and the other types of malware, that's illadviced, isn't it?
  7. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Just run Microsoft Security Essentials on the Windows side. It is free and actually quite good. I cancelled my subscription-based virus protection on 3 machines and switched to MSE about 6 months ago. So far, no problems and no viruses.
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I've never said you shouldn't get antivirus... I've said it's not necessary to protect a Mac. The problem with antivirus rests with the bolded part of your post that I quoted. Too many would install antivirus and then have a false sense of security, thinking the AV will protect them, no matter what. A better approach is to always be on guard, exercising caution when selecting, acquiring and installing any software on your Mac. As long as you do that, you don't need antivirus to protect your Mac.
  9. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    What about when Antivirus is needed for compliance/audits? Or when you have non-savvy users? Lol, I have to deal with both right now unfortunately.

    I need to get some sort of "antivirus" for 10 Macs, hopefully something that can be installed/managed from a Mac Mini server. I've searched and noticed several threads, a lot of good info posted, I would have had no idea about the nonsense that Sophos is unless I read here.

    Any suggestions? I notice a lot of guys here mentioning clamXav.
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    ClamXav is the one I would recommend for your situation.
  11. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Thanks, appreciate the response

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