Viruscan software or not??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by wifeofpdx, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. wifeofpdx macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2008
    So... new to a Mac here, been doing a lot of reading and, it seems most everyone agrees that a virus scanner is not needed for a mac.

    My question is when downloading torrents and the like, is the consensus still the same?

    I've read about a trojan floating around and wonder how you would find out without any virus software.
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Even if you had a virus scanner you wouldn't find any trojans because a
    Trojan is a Trojan and a Virus is a Virus

    They are two completely seperate things


    You dont need a virus scanner.
  3. és: macrumors 6502a


    No need for one, in my opinion. I'm sure there will be a day when the first virus pops up and about 10 people will get it, but you're not using Windows here, so I'd not bother.

    There is one legitimate reason for using some kind of anti-virus and that is due to the fact that you can pass on a Windows virus. So if you're regularly sharing torrented files (from dubious sources) with a windows machine, it might be wise to either scan before sending or scan on the windows machine.
  4. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Well, most of the major anti-virus packages will scan for known trojans, so they're not completely useless if you're paranoid.

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