6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2011 9:29 AM by Glen Grayson
kecoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've been having loads of pops up lately, or if I go to one page it redirects to another... Is there
a virus protection program that can wipe this problem away?

macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • 1. Re: best virus protection software for Mac?
    Crystal Phalanx Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    Reset Safari. To reset Safari, choose Safari > Reset Safari.
    Verify that your computer isn't configured to connect through a proxy. Choose 'Safari'>'Preferences'>'Advanced'>'Proxies'
    In a typical setup none of the items in the left column should be checked.
    While you're in there, click on the DNS tab and set your DNS servers to 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220
    Those are the ip addresses for opendns.

    If this fixes the problem on your computer, then you may want to consider downloading Firefox, using the 'No-Script' add-on, and not using Safari.

    The best malware protection on a mac is consistently applying updates as they are put out there. Once every day or two I manually click on the Apple logo in the top-left of the screen and then click on 'Software Update'.

    Anti-virus software is notoriously bad, and arguably unnecessary on a mac.
  • 2. Re: best virus protection software for Mac?
    kecoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the tip!
  • 3. Re: best virus protection software for Mac?
    Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,265 points)
    Use Firefox.

    I have been using Macs since 1984.

    I've worked at companies with 30+ Macs.

    I've used every Mac OS From 1.1 to 10.6.7

    I have never seen a Mac virus or known anyone that has.
  • 4. Re: best virus protection software for Mac?
    Crystal Phalanx Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    I've known of people who got themselves into trouble using VNC or SSH servers on their macs. Lesson learned: don't mess with remote desktop software if you don't need it.

    IMHO it's not impossible to write malware for a mac, but I think it requires more user intervention than is traditionally required in certain other operating systems.

    No matter what the OS, it's important to keep up with security updates and use safe browsing practices.
  • 5. Re: best virus protection software for Mac?
    Crystal Phalanx Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    Double Post
  • 6. Re: best virus protection software for Mac?
    Glen Grayson Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    I am trying to rid this problem from my sister's new MacBookPro. Apparently, it was carried over from her former iMac when we did Migration Assist.

    I am confused though. In your instructions, you say that "If this fixes the problem on your computer, then you ma want to consider downloading Firefox...". Did you mean to say: "If this doesn't fix the problem?" Why would you want to change browsers if it fixed the problem?