What is a the best free Antivirus out there?

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  1. iSurfHi macrumors regular

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    Hi all,
    I have a iMac G5 running Leapord and I wanted to know what is the best free antivirus to download? and what is the website? I appreciated!!!
    Mahalo~
     
  2. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    Why would u want an anti virus on a mac? They don't get them(viruses).
     
  3. iSurfHi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Need a free Antivirus any out there?

    Hi There,
    I have a iMac G5 and running OS X Leopard and I need a free Antivirus and where can I down load it from? I appreciated!!!
    Thank you....
     
  4. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    Why?!? Macs don't have any viruses, so the only thing any anti-virus software achieves is to take up some hard drive space, take up some RAM, and slightly slow the computer down ... it's a complete waste of time, other than you being able to tell a Windows use that the email they just sent you has a virus (assuming the software even recognises it, which from my experience even the Windows anti-virus software doesn't recognise or stop much of it anyway).
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    But they can still send them on to Windows users.

    http://www.clamxav.com/
     
  6. Serif macrumors regular

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    Seconded. Just keep up to date with Software Update and you shouldn't have any issues. There are reputable Anti-Virus products for Macs, but they tend to be aimed at servers supporting Windows clients where it's sensible to scan mail and the file store for viruses targeting Windows. The leading open source AV software is ClamAV, but if you're just running a Mac client then this isn't for you.
     
  7. ethical macrumors 68000

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    +1 for clamxav.

    @techfreak85 - Just because your odds of catching any mac-specific viruses are minimal doesn't mean you cant re-distribute windows viruses through emails etc.

    You can set up Clamxav to monitor certain folders, such as your downloads folder or the folder that email attachments go to, and it will alert you if anything abnormal is found.

    You can also install the plugin which means you can right click on any file, and select "scan" (or whatever it says), and clamx will then scan that file. excellent program considering it's free in my opinion.
     
  8. Winni macrumors 68030

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    Sure. Don't get an anti-virus software for your precious Mac. You're welcome to the Mac botnet on the Internet.

    Rather sooner than later, people with your attitude are up for some very unpleasant surprises.
     
  9. Serif macrumors regular

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    I think what you're referring to is the threat described in this article?

    The infection vectors are trojans, not viruses, typically spread through warez sites. The difference is that you have to go looking for the problem, and manually trigger it, rather than it coming to find you.

    I'm genuinely interested though, what security product do you use that you believe will protect you from such threats?
     
  10. iSurfHi thread starter macrumors regular

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    antivirus on mac computers!

    Thanks to all of you so we really don't need a Antivirus thats cool because i have a iMac and I just want to make sure I don't really need it.
    Mahalo~
     
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    People have been hearing this for years now. So, later looks to be good.
     
  12. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    I still think someday it will happen, just not as bad as it is on Windows.
     
  13. iSurfHi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for everyone input well I decided im not going to add any antivirus i don't want my system to run slow and all....
    Mahalo all...:apple:
     
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  15. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Right now, the best free antivirus for the Mac is common sense and safe computing practices on the internet


    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  16. Serif macrumors regular

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    Exactly. Well said :)
     
  17. ABG macrumors 6502

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    They also never go wrong so don't buy Applecare ;)
     

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