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Old 08-08-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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Anti-virus for Macs?

Hi guys,

Since purchasing my beloved Mac last December, I haven't installed any anti-virus programme but I was at a course this past week and the instructor said it will just be a matter of time before a virus is unleashed on our computers.

Anyway, just wondering if any of you have installed anti-virus and if so, which do you recommend?

Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:20 PM   #2
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So does this mean you Mac users out there don't use anti-virus?
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I've had Macs for 10 years or so now and I've never used anti-virus. That does not mean that your professor is wrong; maybe I'll need it one day soon...but for now, no.
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So does this mean you Mac users out there don't use anti-virus?
No.

I used to use Norton's Antivirus or Internet Security something, but I stopped a couple of years ago.

If someone does find a useful one, let us know. But really, I feel pretty safe with a Mac.


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Same here, I have not purchased one yet.....
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I may be completely wrong, but I was under the assumption that Macs were designed in such a way that there essentially already is "virus protection" included, it's just not a piece of software as PC users are used to. Even if some sort of virus was developed to attack Macs, no virus protection software presently available would probably be able to do anything to stop it at this point.
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So does this mean you Mac users out there don't use anti-virus?

Nope, don't use one! If I were going to though, the only one I would use would be ClamXav, which is free if you want to check it out.
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Hell, I don't use any anti-virus protection when I'm on Windows, much less Mac or Linux. But I very rarely use Windows for web browsing, and I use Firefox when I do. I take Linux 'out and about' and really only use Windows for Flight Simming (yes, I'm nerdy like that).
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only use Windows for Flight Simming (yes, I'm nerdy like that).
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I have two Macs at home; one is about 7 years old or so, and I've never used anti-virus either.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:32 AM   #13
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You can use ClamXav for the maybe 10 (mostly pre-OSX) viruses out there on the Mac
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Never needed one.

Which is why Macs rule.
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I do run one on my Mac, because we got it for free back when I was in law school. It's Sophos...never had any problems and I doubt that I need it, but it isn't as if it's sucking up any resources anyway.
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