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Topic # 100312 8-Apr-2012 18:54 Send private message

My baby (aka. my Macbook Pro - seriously, I would sometimes hold its life over that of others) has no antivirus protection.

When I got it earlier in the year, I didn't worry about any antivirus protection, especially with the whole "macs don't get viruses" thing. I haven't had any problems... But thats not too say it doesn't have any viruses.

I was just wondering if I should bother to put any virus protection etc on it... What do you guys do? On my windows PC I used to just run MSE and it was fine... 

Thanks 

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  Reply # 606788 8-Apr-2012 18:56 Send private message

I have never had anti-virus on mine and it's never been a problem. If you're careful if anything prompts you for your admin password then you should be fine in my experience.

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  Reply # 606800 8-Apr-2012 19:22 Send private message

if you want to put one, i highly recommend MacKeeper. It uses avira antivirus engine.

On top of that, it comes bundled with anti-theft, data-encryptor, files recovery, backup, shredder, cleanup (includes the ability to delete duplicate files), smart uninstaller, optimization and lastly you can get Live Support 24/7.





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  Reply # 606830 8-Apr-2012 21:12 Send private message

You can get the donation ware clamxav virus engine.

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  Reply # 606832 8-Apr-2012 21:16 Send private message

I ran anti-virus on my Mac for a year, and every single scan came up empty...
Having said that, one year of no results doesn't stop the risk.
BUT, being careful about what I download would have helped.

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  Reply # 606852 8-Apr-2012 21:36 Send private message

Mac user for 10+ years, never had any AV. Not to say that one day a real virus might come along and I'd be stuffed! It's possible i suppose.
But almost every Mac "virus" is in fact a trojan, and most of these need user permission to install.
Don't click any dialog Yes buttons if you don't know why it's there, and don't put in you admin password if you're suspicious!

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  Reply # 606874 8-Apr-2012 23:01 Send private message

On a similar but not quite aligned subject, are people familar with eEye Blink?
It's an alternative to a traditional standalone AV system/firewall.

I find it really useful on the Windows platform and was kind of curious if such a system had ever been written for the Mac?

Thanks in advance.




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  Reply # 606881 8-Apr-2012 23:28 Send private message

There is a free anti-virus program for Macs (home use only) from Sophos.
Sophos do report that there is malware out there that targets Macs - albeit a relatively small amount. Interestingly, it is sometimes designed to "hide" on Macs, not doing anything to the Mac, but then later find and infect nearby Windows PCs.

www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

(Disclosure: I work for a company that sells Sophos products to businesses etc.)




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  Reply # 606923 9-Apr-2012 01:26 Send private message

AndrewTD: There is a free anti-virus program for Macs (home use only) from Sophos.
Sophos do report that there is malware out there that targets Macs - albeit a relatively small amount. Interestingly, it is sometimes designed to "hide" on Macs, not doing anything to the Mac, but then later find and infect nearby Windows PCs.

www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

(Disclosure: I work for a company that sells Sophos products to businesses etc.)


Ive heard of this before. My University recommends it, they even include the steps to install it as part of our internet access setup guide. They also have the download link on their server. 

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