What is the Best AntiVirus?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MTMiPower, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. MTMiPower macrumors newbie

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    yellow, i finally got my money and wonder to purchase an antivirus protector, i want to get the best one for me i now their are many apps for the mac and so many big business that have a antivirus, i got two apps already but i'm not sure to use them.
    1. Mackeeper ($)
    (i didn't install the virus protector yet)
    :apple:
    2.iAntivirus (free)
    (i got, but i feel like its to weak, is it?)
    just hoping to get the best info from this forum's opinion.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You certainly don't need to pay for an antivirus program for OS X. Free ones do a fine job at scanning files you may be passing along to other machines., and it won't help you against a trojan or phishing attack.
     
  3. biggd macrumors 6502

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    i use free sophos anti virus
    simply because im paranoid
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You really don't need one, but if you're convinced you do, under no circumstances use iAntivirus. It's some of the worst software ever written for Mac. It will slow your computer down just as much as a virus would if they existed for mac
     
  5. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The best recommendation is to read the links posted by simsaladimbamba. Rather than simply buying an app before understanding the need for it, equip yourself with knowledge. Then you can make an educated decision about anti-virus apps
    The cure for paranoia is knowledge. Read the links.
     
  7. Feng Shui macrumors regular

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    best antivirus is to avoid obvious virus baits from porn sites
     
  8. biggd macrumors 6502

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    I never trust myself.
    It's like carrying a condom in ur wallet, I know she's dirty, and maybe I'll actually wear it.
     
  9. chris98vf macrumors regular

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    You should never trust a condom in your wallet, look at what happens to credit cards inside a wallet. They get misformed and crack :eek:

    I've never used an antivirus and I don't wear condoms, still healthy *cough cough*

    Seriously though, I've drudged my Mac through some pretty bad sites and it's still running like a champ. Keep it updated and you'll be fine.
     
  10. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    The best AV software available is installed between your ears :)
    That`s all you need on a Mac at the moment.
    Don`t install things you don`t trust, and if it looks too good to be true, it is.
     
  11. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    It's folklore that you can only contact web malware from dubious sites.

    http://www.marshall.edu/infosec/webmalware/

    I would at least run LittleSnitch or another good firewall, and the impact of a good AV program like Sophos AV for the Mac is minimal.
     
  12. GGJstudios, Feb 8, 2011
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    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I don't know who ever claimed that, but it's false. It's just that dubious sites are more likely to contain malware, but they're by no means the only source.
     
  13. dwhynman macrumors regular

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    I use paralleles without a boot camp partition to run windows 7 on my imac and MBP. Can I get a virus on my computer while running windows and what will happen to my computer if this happens?
     
  14. g4 powerbookboy macrumors regular

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    I have been using os x for 2 years now, never ran any antivirus program on them and never had an issue. don't randomly install crap that asks for your password and you should be fine. as for the condom issue i never found one that is comfortable to wear most dont fit right!...lol :D
     

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