Mac Anti-Virus Software

cambsno

Active Member
What is the best Mac Anti Virus Software to have?

I know that Macs are almost virus proof but would like the piece of mind in having something installed just in case!
 

andytabor

Active Member
id also be interested to know if there is any good free anti-virus utilities for mac, i got my imac a few days ago.
 

fizl

Well-known Member
I doubt its free, but sophos make a mac version

shaz
 

danvitale

Active Member
I think Norton is the most well recognised Mac AV providers. Personally I'll be buying a MacBook Pro soon and Im very disappointed that Kaspersky do not do Mac AV.
 

davidwatsonok

Well-known Member
Apart from not wanting to spread anything to your PC friends, there's no need, really. Just make sure all your daily activities are done under a 'standard' account, ie with no admin privileges. You can still enter the admin username and pw whenever required, but OS X will pick up any attempt to run installers or even download an app. The only recent virus' out there for Mac's were one embedded in a JPEG, and if you give admin approval to a picture then you deserve all that's coming. The other comes from a hotlinked website you get redirected to when viewing pron, where it states you need an updated QT codec and starts D/L'ing. Again, OS X slams the admin approval door in its face. NEVER download anything from anywhere you don't know. Simple, and free, and already installed :D
 

markuswarren

Active Member
As said by others, the only real reason, apart from MS Office Macro Viruses, to run AV software under Mac OS X, is to prevent distribution of infected files to PC users.

The only time I've run AV under OS X recently was when I had to test a compatibility issue caused by a Mac AV product and one of our software products. Prior to that, the last time I actively ran AV on a Mac was probably about 8 - 10 years ago, and the app was called Disinfectant. The last true Mac virus I recall was the CD Autostart worm, again around 8 - 10 years ago.

I do have PC's here, including the iMac which is Boot Camped, plus I run both VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop for Mac. I run AVG, Ad-Aware 2007 and Zone Alarm Pro to keep the PC side of things infection free.

To be frank, if any PC user isn't running any kind of AV/Spyware/Firewall then they really do need educating as to why this is a seriously bad idea.
 

teejay38

Active Member
I can't think of any worse advice to a Mac user about anti-virus software than the advice to use Norton AV. Apart from the fact that its definitions are all about pc viruses,and therefore a waste of space, it is a fact that over several versions of OSX now Norton's software has caused nothing but problems for Mac owners. As others have said, the best form of anti-virus is your own commonsense. Don't open unsolicited emails from unknown senders, don't open attachments and don't visit dodgy porno sites.
 

barongreenback

Active Member
I can't think of any worse advice to a Mac user about anti-virus software than the advice to use Norton AV. Apart from the fact that its definitions are all about pc viruses,and therefore a waste of space, it is a fact that over several versions of OSX now Norton's software has caused nothing but problems for Mac owners. As others have said, the best form of anti-virus is your own commonsense. Don't open unsolicited emails from unknown senders, don't open attachments and don't visit dodgy porno sites.

Totally agree. AV software is a waste of time and system resources unless you have some sort of virus death wish that includes downloading from dodgy sources and ignoring loads of warning messages from Mac OS.

In fact, in many respects I'd say the same for Windows. Whilst I used anti-spyware and firewall software with my old XP box, I never once had a virus.
 

Pavey

Well-known Member
Apart from not wanting to spread anything to your PC friends, there's no need, really. Just make sure all your daily activities are done under a 'standard' account, ie with no admin privileges. You can still enter the admin username and pw whenever required, but OS X will pick up any attempt to run installers or even download an app. The only recent virus' out there for Mac's were one embedded in a JPEG, and if you give admin approval to a picture then you deserve all that's coming. The other comes from a hotlinked website you get redirected to when viewing pron, where it states you need an updated QT codec and starts D/L'ing. Again, OS X slams the admin approval door in its face. NEVER download anything from anywhere you don't know. Simple, and free, and already installed :D

This.
 

CrispyXUK

Well-known Member
Only an Idiot would install AV on a mac, sorry, harsh but true.
 

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