Virus protection

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Bigdog9586, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. Bigdog9586 macrumors 6502

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    just bought a iMac pro and downloaded for free Norton from my internet provider. Do I need this?
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    No. I would not install that.

    Get a good adblocker like Adguard, Adguard Pro, or Adguard Plus, 1Blocker etc. Don't download and install apps unless they are from the Mac App Store or the developer's website (provided he or she is well known and trusted). If you have a question about that, ask here as there are lots of knowledgeable people on the forum.
     
  3. haruhiko macrumors 601

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    If you don't install dubious software from unknown sources i.e. cracked apps, questionable utilities (e.g. "clean/optimize/enhance your Mac"), "Antivirus" apps from browser ads... I think you're fine. Otherwise, free antiviruses like Avast shall be fine. Just download from the official website.
     
  4. iMacDonald macrumors member

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    Switch on your Firewall if it's not on already: in System Preferences - > Security & Privacy.
     
  5. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    We did need Peter Norton Disk Doctor and Antivirus back in the Classic days, but not since the arrival of the Unix based operating system. Despite claims the world awaits the first genuine OS X virus, not an adware, malware or any other ware but a generation reproducing virus.

    And for Pete's sake refer to the company as Symantec lol! Your ISP does not understands Macs.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    Don't install the Norton software.
    Instead, download the FREE MalwareBytes Anti-Malware utility:
    https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

    Run it periodically. It updates the "malware definitions" it uses automatically.
    IMPORTANT:
    The app downloads for free.
    It will ask if you wish to register for the paid version.
    YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS (unless you want to).
    After the trial period of 30 days, the app automatically "converts itself" to freeware.
    And keeps on running.
     

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