Virus software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by hdean, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. hdean macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2009
    Hi, I am new to the Macbook, is antivirus or spyware software is required to install? or is it virus free?
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Short answer:

    Virus free. You don't need any virus protection software. Just common sense.

    Long answer:

    There are a few trojans, but they're rare. You need to download them yourself, launch their installer, and supply your password to install them. Don't install software you don't trust, or that you downloaded from a shady site (i.e. porn sites asking to install a new video codec.)

    There aren't many good OS X antivirus products anyway. Most only pick up Windows threats, or don't work, or harm your system and crash it, or are overpriced.

    If you want to stop yourself from passing on Windows only threats, you could try ClamXAV, which is free.

    iAntiVirus is also free, and has a database of only OS X threats.

    Unfortunately, iAV may only detect the trojan installer packages, so if you have already accidentally installed them, it won't pick it up. This is because the threat definitions only specify the installer packages, not the actual installed components. I emailed the developer, they have now fixed the definitions for the keylogger I specified, but I'm not sure about the other threats they ahve in their database.
  3. MatLane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    England, United Kingdom
    Clamx is great

    I have that on here just incase
  4. technotask macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I'm confused. Is this just less intuitive than I am imagining?
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There ARE no viruses in the wild that affect Mac OS X.
    No antivirus software can detect a Mac virus, because no Mac viruses exist.
    There are trojans that exist, but these can be easily avoided if:
    • you are careful what applications you install
    • you are careful where you get applications
    • you never enter your administrative password without THINKING!
    You also may not be aware that this question, like many others, has already been discussed quite a bit (beat to death, actually!) Using MRoogle to search the forums before you post will frequently reveal threads related to your question that the standard forum search misses, and will help you avoid posting repetitive threads. Here are some of the dozens of threads on this topic, filled with opinions and recommendations:

    One thread that you may find particularly helpful is this one:

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