Virus Software for my MBP? Necessary?

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  1. armoredsaint macrumors regular

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    I'm still new to Macs, but is it really necessary for an anti-virus software? I know PC's it's an automatic requirement.

    So to be on the safe side, should I get an anti-virus for my mac? If so, what do you recommend?
     
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  3. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    depends on how much file sharing you do, if you are inserting tons of usb stick and downloading thousands of songs and movies a year then you should probably get something, but if you download like 500 songs, and have more average file sharing then you should be fine, just make sure you have a time machine backup
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can't infect a Mac by inserting a USB drive or downloading songs and movies. The only malware that exists that run on current Mac OS X are trojans, which require that you install an app, usually giving your admin password.
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    ... Is the only valid advice in this post.
     
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    Have you read the link GGJstudios provided?

    As there are currently NO (ZERO) viruses in public circulation that can affect Mac OS X, music and videos can't do any harm, unless one needs to install music and videos and give their admin password to open the music and videos.

    ****, I think I got thousands of badware on my Mac by watching YouTorn.
     
  7. armoredsaint thread starter macrumors regular

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    but i assume since i'll be using boot-camp, i will need an anti-virus for the PC side of my MBP?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Correct. I recommend AVG, although there are many acceptable options.
     
  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Absolutely. Running Windows through BootCamp is like running Windows on any other PC.
     
  10. armoredsaint thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the advice! i haven't owned a mac since a quadra 650 in college, it's been PC since then :D i can't wait till my MBP 15 i5 arrives on Weds :D
     
  11. BurningJah macrumors regular

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    I know alot will disagree! but I have one on my macbook and running dayly! I don't mind having it and it gives me peace of mind!
    is it necessary! No! does it hurt! no

    so I think if you want one! get one!

    Mine came with my nanobundle so didn't pay nothing for it
     
  12. armoredsaint thread starter macrumors regular

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    i do like AVG on my PC with good results, it's good to know also Macs aren't prone to viruses, but trojans.
     
  13. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    In addition you might want to consider Avast or Avira, both free I believe
    But Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is also free and quite capable
     
  14. wywern209 macrumors 65832

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    AVG is okay but i have had better luck with avast. That is what i use currently. never had a virus since i switched over to Avast. This is of course on my PC. My iMac has no such thing as anti-virus software on it.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you ever have one using AVG?
     

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