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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LadyK8, Mar 15, 2011.
that I can use for my Mac, and from where?
You don't need it.
Mac Virus/Malware Info
for your Windows PC ... try AVG
for your Mac ... you don't really need it ... however Sophos is free
Please don't waste your CPU cycles. No AV product on the Mac as ever stopped a real malware in the wild. Most nag you about cookies and slow your io down.
Oh, okay. Thanks for he info.
Antivirus 2011 for Windows! I didn't even have to install it, just visit some site in Internet Explorer and it installs on its own. Best of all, I don't have to worry about accidentally uninstalling it.
best thing ever and its free you just have to buy a mac
False. Try Microsoft Security Essentials if you're looking for free. Several IT friends in large & mid-sized companies are in love with it. It's simple and unobtrusive. Surprising, since it comes from MS...
How is that false? While it may not be your preference, AVG works extremely well, and it's free.
Antivirus on a Mac?
AVG used to be good. Their footprint has gotten bigger and bigger since they released 8. 7 was awesome though.
Microsoft Essentials + Avast FTW!
Edit: assuming you're using a PC.
I haven't tried version 8, but previous versions were much lighter and less resource-consuming than many other options.
False, because I've had to do factory restores on 2 computers running the paid versions of AVG when they failed to prevent those PCs getting dragged through the gutters of virus/spyware land. False, because AVG failed to do what it's advertised as, anti-virus.
I've never used the paid versions, but I've installed the free versions on more PCs than I can count... never had a single bit of malware get through.
I was just throwing the AVG out there because there was an IT guy at a Printing Company I did some work for ... he was putting it onto about 100 Windows PCs and swore by it.
I told him ... don't worry about my office I use a Mac.
Very true. If Avast wasn't so awesome, I'd use AVG all day over Crapafee and Norton.
Sophos for Mac is new, easy on system resources, free updates and comes from a very reputable player in the IT security world.
For Macs The best antivirus is no antivirus
Well the two computers belonged to a 16 year old and a 15 year old. Obviously mileage varies.
Is it possible they weren't up to date with their virus definitions?
Agreed. If you know how to surf...virus protection isn't needed on a PC either. After fixing my aunt's PC for the fourth time in 18 months, I told my aunt her kids are the problem and she should buy them a Mac.
LOL! I hope nobody here who reads this takes your advice.
So it's not possible for a Mac to get any malware at all?
Only if a user actively installs it, which usually requires entering your admin password. For details, read the Virus/Malware link in the 2nd post of this thread.
Thanks. I'll check it out.