Which Anti-Virus to get?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JCPH, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. JCPH macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,

    I need anti-virus software so that my school's IT department will allow me onto the wireless network.

    Which software do you recommend? Are the free ones actually any good? Or should I go with something like Norton Anti-Virus?

    The only thing I remember about my time using a Windows PC (many, many years ago) is the annoying anti-virus window popping up 24/7! I don't want that. I want something that does everything behind the scenes and only alerts me when I actually have a virus.

    Thanks!

    JCPH
     
  2. MadGoat macrumors 65816

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    tell them you have a Mac and that's the best anti virus out on the market :)
     
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I'll 2nd that. Once you get on the network you can disable it ;)
     
  4. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a

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    How does the school check this, anyway?

    Whatever you do, DO NOT install Norton! It can seriously corrupt your machine.
     
  5. eluk macrumors 6502a

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  6. tartsquid macrumors regular

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    Another warning against Norton. It's what my campus required that we install on our computers when using the school network, and it messed up my PowerBook enough that I had to wipe the drive to get rid of the problems.
     
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  8. Blubbert macrumors 6502

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    Why would your school's IT department require you to install an AV for your computer? Its impossible for your computer to get infected and spread a virus around the network anyways.
    My school has a sensible approach with AV software. Its a worry of the windows users, all mac and linux and other -nix users just register their MAC address and plug in the ethernet cable.
     
  9. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

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    I also want to say NEVER USE NORTON ANTIVIRUS! I know someone who has a corporate edition at work and every day at a specific time it almost stalls her computer running a background process.

    Free antivirus software is just fine, Like most people here I don't have antivirus software, but have 2 firewalls (the router and the computer), and don't surf everywhere and anywhere.

    When I was in college, we had a T1 line, it was up all the time and I don't believe that AV software was recommended.
     
  10. Poeben macrumors 6502

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    Norton AV is installed on most of our macs at work. I am in the process of slowly removing it from most of the computers. Just curious, how will they determine if you are running virus software?
     
  11. richardson.hila macrumors member

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    CA Anti-Virus

    One antivirus we recommend at work is the CA Anti-Virus for non-windows platforms. It's cheap, does the job, protects against viruses and malware, and there's a 24/7 support team there to help you with any problems. Having said that though, it's extremely unlikely that you will ever get a virus on a mac. Although with them becoming more popular, i'm sure someone could figure out a way of getting around it. Good luck!
     

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