Currently Being ModeratedNov 23, 2011 11:36 AM (in response to sculptor for all alaska)
Pretty much stay away from everything except ClamXav, which is free. A lot of programs you might install will do more harm than good. It's not harmful but I'm not all that impressed with Macscan. They recently missed or were very late updating the new Flashback Trojan, I think it was. Their malware catalog is completely inflated with ancient OS9 and pre-OS9 viruses and junk which can't possibly run on an OSX Mac. There are no viruses for OSX.
Best security is to use your brains. Only download and install programs you trust 150%. Only purchase from sites you trust. Stay far away from P2P.
To protect yourself against browser exploits, use Firefox with the Add-on NoScript.
Also get WOT. It's not perfect but it's a lot better than nothing.
And periodically google "mac malware" to see what's new and how to avoid it.
Thank you for the information. I try to remain vigilant but fear that something slipped past and is now on my computer. So I want a program to root it out and obliterate it. I'll be checking out clamxav.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 3:40 PM (in response to sculptor for all alaska)
Look at this link. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3525551?tstart=0
Cheers, Tom G4 1.25HGz MDD, PB 12" G4 1.5GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), (10.4.11, 9.2.2) iSight,iPad2
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 5:15 PM (in response to sculptor for all alaska)
If you think you really need it...
Not sure if Sophos Anti-Virus will work on your Mac? These are the technical requirements:
- Mac with Intel or PowerPC processor
- 256 MB of memory
- 150 MB of available disk space
- Mac with OS X 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or 10.7 (Lion)
- Supports all Apple Mac hardware including iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air
Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2011 10:42 PM (in response to sculptor for all alaska)
Best method is to backup, wipe and reinstall the operating system.
You might want to look into getting Deep Freeze for your Mac, upon reboot any changes on the drive are reverted.
You can have "thawed zones" like for users that can change.
This should keep most malware out of OS X itself, but of course programs an run from anywhere basically.
Also create a another Admin user, chnage your regular user to Standard to reduce prviledge level any malware gets.
Don't use anything online that your not willing to loose.
Also see my post warning here