what is a good antivirus program

minkis

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Mar 30, 2004
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i have norton anti virus but it just doesnt emm to work that well and i was wondering if anyone has some good anti virus and spyware scans for macs. thanks
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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No such thing. Until there's spyware and viruses that are a problem on OSX, your antivirus software is simply using up resources on your Mac.

By the way, I had heaps of trouble getting rid of Norton and ended up having to do a reformat and install.
 

mad jew

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True. In which case I'd recommend almost anything but Norton. Strictly speaking though, a PC without antivirus software will probably get pretty b0rked (sorry, just overrun by l33t speak momentarily, it won't happen again) irrespective of any incoming emails from Macs.

I'd say there's a greater risk from direct file-sharing which, to the best of my knowledge, bypasses the PC antivirus software.
 

PubGuy

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Jan 7, 2002
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Use ClamXav -- available on Macupdate.com (or do a Google search). O'Reilly just had a great write-up on it and its a FREE open-source program, full OS X compliant and even has a background agent. I've set it up to do live scans of my Desktop, inBox, and my downloads files. This way I won't be passing on "bad" files to my Window's friends --> don't want them blaming my Mac for a virus they got!
 
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