Antivirus Software for Macs

Hi All

Can any body recommend a good antivirus software, if possible for free. When I was on my old windows laptop I used AVG but they don’t support OSX

Regards

Lee


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On 22 Aug 2008, at 21:09, Gray Owl wrote:

Can any body recommend a good antivirus software, if possible for
free. When I was on my old windows laptop I used AVG but they don’t
support OSX

That’s OK, OS X doesn’t support viruses!

best wishes,

Paul Bradforth

http://www.paulbradforth.com


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Sometime around 22/8/08 (at 16:09 -0400) Gray Owl said:

Can any body recommend a good antivirus software, if possible for
free. When I was on my old windows laptop I used AVG but they don’t
support OSX

Sure: Mac OS X.

I don’t want to make people too complacent, but - viruses, Macs?
Beyond a few proof-of-concept experiments that barely got out of
developer labs, ain’t never been anything this century.

You can get anti-virus software for your Mac, and it’ll drag
performance down nicely if you use it, too. Trust me, I’ve tried it,
observed it at length, tested it, then wiped every trace of it from
my system!

Will there ever be a real Mac virus? Perhaps. But the Mac OS is steel
plate compared to Windows’ rusty seive-like security. Okay, Vista is
somewhat better. Like having your very own security guard your every
move for your own protection is better.

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Hi K & Paul

Thanks for the information. I think I’ll stop looking.

Lee


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I use Virus Barier from Intego.

There are Mac viruses, but seldom do they crop up in daily use, almost never. But what does happen is viruses aimed at Windows that come in unsolicated emails still arrive at Macs. Entourage caches those attachments so “in theory” they can be passed on to your unsuspecting Windows using compatriots. Virus software can catch that stuff…in theory.

There is a reason to be wary as Keith alluded to, but not paranoid. Phishing emails are much more of a problem for Mac users than viruses are. At least for the moment…


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Have a look at http://www.clamxav.com/

It’s free and updated regularly.

Personally all I use is the drag-and-drop or contextual menu ‘scan’ feature. However it can be quite flexible if you are willing to dig through the documentation.

It’s been great for picking up the word macro viruses that still rear their ugly heads on some clients’ machines.

I have to concur with Keith on the detrimental effect on performance with background anti-virus scans. That path leads to insanity or over consumption of tea/coffee (I tend to boil the kettle a lot while waiting for the computer).

JG

P.S Entourage users be cautious of any anti-virus software.
Some users have managed to delete their entire mail archives as it was seen as a suspicious file.

Rules to be safe:

  1. Don’t let software think for you.

  2. Backup. That ridiculous single database file Entourage uses ‘WILL’ get corrupt beyond repair one day. (It’s just what it does - Outlook suffers the same affliction.)


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There has been like 2-3 iChat transferred Virus’s and one mac-trojan, but those were crushed by an Apple Update.

An Apple a day, keeps the Virus’s away.


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Sometime around 22/8/08 (at 18:15 -0400) chuckamuck said:

But what does happen is viruses aimed at Windows that come in
unsolicated emails still arrive at Macs. Entourage caches those
attachments so “in theory” they can be passed on to your
unsuspecting Windows using compatriots. Virus software can catch
that stuff…in theory.

It catches that stuff in practise, too. In fact, that is the only
reason I can think of for installing such software. Otherwise, it is
like wearing a crash helmet and full leathers in order to walk to the
corner shop for a pint of milk. Whereas running Windows without
anti-virus software is like wearing flipflops and a t-shirt in the
finals of the Moto GP.

As I said, I have had anti-virus software installed (can’t remember
which right now), courtesy of the college software suite. It proved
to be a serious processor hog, getting in the way to a shocking
extent whenever I wanted to do something. If I only did MS
Office-level stuff I suppose I would have accepted it, but sometimes
I need every processor cycle I can get - and it would often make it
run slower than molasses in January.

So - I ended up yanking it out, root processes and all. That made an
immediate, positive and major difference to how my Mac ran, and the
IT guys agreed that it was probably the most sensible move.

Sure, now I might pass on a Windows virus to a Windows user, if I’m
slack enough to forward that kind of attachment. But if they don’t
have anti-virus software they’ll be getting hit from all sides as it
is. Not the most charitable point of view, but I won’t sacrifice the
usability of my Mac for that kind of reason!

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There are Mac viruses, but seldom do they crop up in daily use, almost never. But what does happen is viruses aimed at Windows that come in unsolicated emails still arrive at Macs. Entourage caches those attachments so “in theory” they can be passed on to your unsuspecting Windows using compatriots. Virus software can catch that stuff…in theory.

I’m not aware of any Mac viruses (at least for OS X) and any
unprotected Windows user is likely to have already received the virus
from another PC by the time a Mac passes it on. If a Mac virus does
appear you’ll likely hear about it online before any existing
antivirus software has been updated to deal with it.

Roger


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