What is the best Anti-Virus software?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Apple!Freak, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. Apple!Freak macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    East Coast
    Alright for my new iMac which software would you most recommend for virus protection? Thanks in advance!
  2. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    Mac OS is the best antivirus software because there are zero viruses for OS X currently. you don't really need anything further.
  3. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    You will get Virex with your .Mac subscription. I have that and I have never used it. I have heard that Norton may mess up your system more than it helps.
    IMO, you don't need any anti-virus software right now. There is no virus around currently. If you keep visiting these forums, you would definitely know when one comes up. Then probably you can install virex.

  4. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    Liek they said, you already have the best anti-virus software: OS X. There are no major viruses for OS X. Sure Norton and a few other companies make anti-virus software for Mac, but they really are not necessary.
    People here will tell you horror stories of running anti-virus software on their systems. You are very well protected
  5. Apple!Freak thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    East Coast
  6. Diomedes macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2004
    San Francisco
    While it is true that OS X is virtually virus free, and likely to be so, I would consider it unwise not to have virus scanning software. Unless you never have to interact with Windows users, there is always a possibility that one may unintentionally infect Windows users.

    I used both Symantec and McAfee (.Mac), but based on Macworld's recent review of Intego's VirusBarrier, I would have to say that it is the best Mac virus scanning software out there. Symantec is in need of an update, and Virex (I thought) was a bit slow.
  7. Loki.Mephisto macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2005
    Germany / Austria - Mozart, no Kangaroos!
    I cannot see an reason why i should spend money to protect the ones who do not care for their virus-protection themselves.

    Augmenting Mac-Communities will do for the moment
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Fair enough, but some people (me for example) HAVE to use Windows which means that all my Macs run antivirus just in case (Norton for the record). It's unfortunate, but it's the way it is. The day someone ports some good CAD programs to OSX... :)
  9. PickledSquirrel macrumors regular


    Dec 10, 2003
    Aarhus, DK
    I like the idea that people with surplus help out a little extra when amongst those who hasn't; and I use virex, evertime my boyfriend has used my mac to check out suspecious mails. Occasionally it finds something nasty and gets rid of it before I pass it on to unfortunate windows users.


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