Windows convert feels naked!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by TMR812, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. TMR812 macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2007
    Hi, I'm new to the mac world. I recently (month ago) purchased a mac pro as my first mac after a long history with windows. I'm absolutely loving the mac pro, and have NO desire to head back to windows. However, I feel really naked with no anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc...

    Should I have anything like this? Do I need it? I have a home network with a hardware firewall, but that's it for the mac. What more, if anything, should I be doing/running?


  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Anti-virus software is great for defending your computer against viruses. However, it also bogs down the computer that it's running down (sometimes fairly considerably, depending on the software and settings). For this reason, I would advise not installing anti-virus software on your Mac, so long as the status quo persists (That is to say, there are currently ZERO viruses that attack OSX).

    It is still possible to get a file with a Windows virus embedded and deliberately pass that file to other Windows users without knowing that there is a virus attached. Anti-virus software can sometimes pick up on these things, but rather than having anti-virus software for this reason, I'd simply be careful about what files you receive and pass along.
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Anti-virus may or may not be worthwhile, depending on how much you'll be in contact with Windows users. Anti-spyware, however, is completely unnecessary. Also, there's a firewall in the Sharing preference pane, and LittleSnitch is handy.
  5. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004

    Naked? You'll fit right in on MR!
  6. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    It may make you feel better to know that I managed over 3500 Macs for 10 years and never saw a virus on any of them. Turn on the firewall, turn off Autofill and Open Trusted Sites in Safari Preferences (if you use Safari). As Counterfit suggests, you may want to check out Little Snitch.
  7. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Congrats on switching, i was the same a few months back, don't worry, you shouldn't have any virus problems, just turn on the default firewall and stealth the ports in advanced options and your away, the mac pro is by far my best computer purchase........ever,and with osx 10.5 release it will blow vista away, but i know the feeling your getting...... you keep feeling you forgot to do something........but no more error box in the middle of the screen and 'do you want to report the error to microsoft'
    ;) :D
  8. statikcat macrumors 6502


    Mar 20, 2007
    What exactly is in anti-mac-virus software? There is no real database for virus. I think this package actually has Windows virus definitions. This would make scanning a FAT32 drive or a Windows machine over a network for virus handy.. not much else that I know of!

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