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How reliable is iAntivirus

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Tiaan Korf Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Jan 3, 2012 9:28 AM

I have installed a app from the Internet by the name iAntivirus it look reliable enough to use... Does anyone know if it is worth it?

Also it had a definitions list of 107 viruses/trojans/malware on the website....

Good app?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • iMacange Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 9:32 AM (in response to Tiaan Korf)

    Per SecurityNewsDaily, iAntivirus is the third best antivirus in mac.

     

    http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/10-best-anti-virus-programs-for-macs-0822/4/

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 9:35 AM (in response to Tiaan Korf)

    Why is there two copies of this thread? See the other thread for my answer.

  • iMacange Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 9:37 AM (in response to softwater)

    He is asking for two different antiviruses in two Thread instead of one.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 9:43 AM (in response to Tiaan Korf)

    AV software is unnecessary and counter-productive on a Mac. Mac has plenty of built-in protection. At best your system will take a hit on performance and at worst it will muck up your system.

     

    Save your money for better things.

  • JPD61386 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 10:32 AM (in response to iMacange)

    According to the article that you link to, those antivirus programs are ranked by price, not which one is better than the other.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,420 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 6:55 PM (in response to iMacange)

    "iAntiVirus" is just as utterly worthless as all other commercial "anti-virus" software for the Mac.

  • TheTigerLily Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 7:36 PM (in response to macjack)

    So should I uninstall mine? How did I even get it to begin with? One of my family members must have done it....

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,295 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 8:27 PM (in response to Tiaan Korf)

    Anti-malware software can easily be configured to have minimal impact on the system, and can be very useful for those who are uncertain about what malware threats mean and question their abilities to follow through on instructions to manually remove them.

     

    For people who are not too technically savvy I recommend installing a basic scanner such as Sophos, ClamXav, or iAntivirus, and then configuring it to only do a scan of the system once a month or so. The scanner existing on the system will not hurt anything or slow it down, and as such can be used to manually scan systems on-demand instead of continuously scanning on-access (which can slow down the system).

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,315 points)
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    Apr 17, 2012 1:05 AM (in response to Tiaan Korf)

    Tiaan Korf wrote:

     

    I have installed a app from the Internet by the name iAntivirus it look reliable enough to use... Does anyone know if it is worth it?

    My understanding is that it hasn't been updated since 2009 and their Threat List doesn't include any of the current malware, so I must question it's worth.

     

    Give this article a read Beware iAntivirus.

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  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,315 points)
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    Apr 17, 2012 1:10 AM (in response to Tiaan Korf)

    Tiaan Korf wrote:

     

    Thanks but someone mentioned that you don't get viruses for Mac and I hate to break it to him that you do

    Actually, using the technical definition for a virus, there are currently none known that impact OS X, but there are certainly other types of malware that one should be aware of. Most of the Mac variety are Trojans and we are starting to see Backdoors.

  • bbfc Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
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    Apr 17, 2012 3:47 AM (in response to Tiaan Korf)

    Use Sophos. It's free and they have just released a new version.

     

    http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-ed ition.aspx

  • atomalbert Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 28, 2012 10:13 PM (in response to Tiaan Korf)

    I've been using iAntivirus before switching to Sophos. They're both reliable in my opinion.

     

    As for devout Mac users who suscribe to the "we will never get a virus on Macs", better to be safe than sorry.  I've been using the programs to stop me from spreading dormant viruses or malware to PCs unknowingly, as this often occurs when trading USBs during project work.

     

    Not a bad idea to keep it there.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,315 points)
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    Jul 28, 2012 11:37 PM (in response to atomalbert)

    atomalbert wrote:

     

    I've been using iAntivirus before switching to Sophos.

    Hopefully that was the new Symantec version of iAntiVirus and not the one from PCTools which had not been updated since 2009. I'm told the only thing they have in common is the name, but Thomas Reed had an issue or two with both in the article I referenced previously "Beware iantivirus!"

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