7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2012 7:48 PM by Kappy
TheTigerLily Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just noticed an icon for iAntiVirus on the top of my screen. Is iAntiVirus a legitimate Apple application (and I have merely been unobservant and just noticed it now)--or did I just get a virus posing as a legitimate Apple anti-virus application?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: iAntiVirus
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    iAntiVirus must have been something you downloaded and installed.  See here.  So it's a 3rd party utility, not Apple.

     

    I just downloaded using that link I provided to check it out.  If you don't want that stuff they supply an uninstaller (called appropriately enough  "Uninstall iAntiVirus").  Look in your Applications folder for it or possibly in a folder called iAntiVirus.

  • 2. Re: iAntiVirus
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    No, it's not an Apple product. That is just a commercial product available for a free trial on Macs. You don't need it. If you need antivirus software for your computer then use ClamXav 2.2.4. If you are concerned about the most recent malware attack then see this:

     

    Helpful Links Regarding Flashback Trojan

     

    Visit Thomas Reed's site for insight and help: Mac Malware Guide

     

    A Google search can reveal a variety of alternatives on how the remove the trojan should your computer get infected. This can get you started. However, be careful about what you do as new variants of the malware circumvent the efforts of earlier tools.

     

    Also see Apple's article About Flashback malware.

     

    Apple has released Java updates for Snow Leopard and Lion users:

     

    Java for OS X Lion 2012-003; available only for users of Lion with Java installed.

    Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 8; available only for users of Snow Leopard.

    Flashback malware removal tool; available only for users of Lion without Java installed.

     

    Install whichever shows up in Software Update. It removes the malware (if present), updates Java (if present) and tightens up Java settings for the future.  You may download from Apple's web site instead of using Software Update, but it's important to know which one to get, because the other two won't work for you.

     

    For the truly paranoid see 10 Simple Tips for Boosting The Security Of Your Mac.


  • 3. Re: iAntiVirus
    apple_master Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)

    Its a legitimate anti virus(AV) but not authorized by mac

    but bottomline is mac computers do not get viruses so its better to uninstall it and stop adding more problems to ur mac

  • 4. Re: iAntiVirus
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    You may wish to rethink that position since the Mac is currently under attack.

     

    Helpful Links Regarding Flashback Trojan

     

    Visit Thomas Reed's site for insight and help: Mac Malware Guide

     

    A Google search can reveal a variety of alternatives on how the remove the trojan should your computer get infected. This can get you started. However, be careful about what you do as new variants of the malware circumvent the efforts of earlier tools.

     

    Also see Apple's article About Flashback malware.

     

    Apple has released Java updates for Snow Leopard and Lion users:

     

    Java for OS X Lion 2012-003; available only for users of Lion with Java installed.

    Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 8; available only for users of Snow Leopard.

    Flashback malware removal tool; available only for users of Lion without Java installed.

     

    Install whichever shows up in Software Update. It removes the malware (if present), updates Java (if present) and tightens up Java settings for the future.  You may download from Apple's web site instead of using Software Update, but it's important to know which one to get, because the other two won't work for you.

     

    For the truly paranoid see 10 Simple Tips for Boosting The Security Of Your Mac.


  • 5. Re: iAntiVirus
    apple_master Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)

    U don't require any of them ...they're gonna aquire more space

    instead u can uninstall iantivirus use the finder and click on apps, and then right click to move it to trash that way!

    and keep using ur mac without caring about virus

    Mac is virus free OSX

  • 6. Re: iAntiVirus
    Eric Fauque Level 3 Level 3 (985 points)

    You must have download it at some point.

    I read that it's not something you want on you mac

    http://www.reedcorner.net/news.php/beware-iantivirus/

     

    Get rid of it

  • 7. Re: iAntiVirus
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    You don't know what you are talking about and are giving misleading advice.