Whats a good Virus Program for the Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Seanrobrien, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Seanrobrien macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008
    What is a good virus program for my iMac? Is there anything out there like Zone Alarm or Norton utilities etc? A nice all in one program. Something that takes care of virus/system maintenance/and spy ware.

  2. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    Currently it's not needed. Some people say you only need one to stop you passing on virus the the lass fortunate (windows users).

    If you do decided, for some reason, to use an av. AVOID NORTON!
    It doesn't play nicely with OS X.
  3. MacRy macrumors 601


    Apr 2, 2004
  4. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Norton doesnt play nice with windows either. I like Kaspersky and Nod32. Even though work makes us use norton it doesnt find anything or it finds it, tells you about it, then doesnt do anything about it so I scan with either of the two above.
  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    As others have rightly stated AVOID NORTON like the plague,as it'll turn your Mac into a slug. Many users,myself included feel there is no need for a AV on there Mac,as at present there are no known
    viruses in the wild. If you feel you need a AV for checking mail attachments before forwarding them
    onto your windows buddy's try clamxav
  6. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Personally, I have not used an AV apps on my Mac since around 1995-6.

    As someone above said, use Leopard. ;)

    In all seriousness, if you are using Mac OS X (all versions), there is no need at this time for AV software.
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    You don't need to take care of viruses or spyware. There aren't any.

    As for system maintenance apps, you can try checking out Onyx, but, personally, I haven't had to run any such program in the years that I've been using Mac OS X.
  8. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    The best one is Windows.


    Do you want to get a virus or keep them away?
  9. operator207 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    Funny, seriously though, if he is in a similar position like myself, using a mac in a windows centric environment, he is probably being told you *must* have AV software if you want to put it on the domain, or put it on the network.

    clamxav is enough for my work place, but it may not be for others.

    Myself, I have a MBP, with VMwre Fusion and XP Pro. I use the XP Pro for office, and Leopard for everything else.
  10. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2007
    You dont need one for OSX, however if you boot camp Windows, you should get one for that. It can just be a Windows one though.. obviously.

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