11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2012 8:50 PM by stevejobsfan0123
Thuwarakan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hey,

 

I do a lot of business/personal work on my laptop. I have read online about VirusBarrier, BitDefender and Norton. What is your opinion on the best antivirus?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (241,890 points)

    ClamXav.

     

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  • 2. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,925 points)

    Norton has a very bad reputation, and my testing shows very poor identification rates with BitDefender.  No real idea regarding VirusBarrier.  Sophos does a very nice job.  But you may want to read this before installing anything:

     

    http://www.reedcorner.net/guides/macvirus

     

    (Note that my pages contain links to other pages that promote my services, and this should not be taken as an endorsement of my services by Apple.)

  • 3. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    P.Mirabile Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I use MacKeeper and it is awesome. It is very inexpensive, but still does a wonderful job.

  • 4. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,830 points)

    MacKeeper is worthless garbage. No, not worthless. Worth a lot less than nothing.

  • 5. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,830 points)

    Mac OS X versions 10.6.7 and later have built-in detection of known Mac malware in downloaded files. The recognition database is automatically updated once a day; however, you shouldn't rely on it, because the attackers are always at least a day ahead of the defenders. In most cases, there’s no benefit from any other automated protection against malware.

     

    The most effective defense against malware is your own intelligence. All known malware that affects a fully-updated installation of Mac OS X 10.6 or later takes the form of trojans, which can only work if the victim is duped into running them. If you're smarter than the malware attacker thinks you are, you won't be duped. That means, primarily, that you never install software from an untrustworthy source. How do you know a source is untrustworthy?

     

    • Any website that prompts you to install a “codec,” “plug-in,” or “certificate” that comes from that same site, or an unknown site, merely in order to use the site, is untrustworthy.
    • A web operator who tells you that you have a “virus,” or that anything else is wrong with your computer, or that you have won a prize in a contest you never entered, is trying to commit a crime with you as the victim.
    • “Cracked” versions of commercial software downloaded from a bittorrent are likely to be infected.
    • Software with a corporate brand, such as Adobe Flash Player, must be downloaded directly from the developer’s website. No intermediary is acceptable.

     

    Disable Java (not JavaScript) in your web browser(s). Few websites have Java content nowadays, so you won’t be missing much. This setting is mandatory in Mac OS X 10.5.8 or earlier, because Java in those versions has bugs that make it unsafe to use on the Internet. Those bugs will probably never be fixed, because those older operating systems are no longer being maintained by Apple. Migrate to a newer version of the Mac OS as soon as you can.

     

    Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be as safe from malware as you can reasonably be.

     

    Never install any commercial "anti-virus" products for the Mac, as they all do more harm than good. If you need to be able to detect Windows malware in your files, use ClamXav — nothing else.

  • 6. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    P.Mirabile Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well thanks for the heads-up, but do you care to explain why it is so bad? I am just wondering why you do not, at all, like it.

  • 7. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,315 points)

    How much are they paying you for that?

  • 8. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,830 points)

    Because it does nothing useful that you can't do just as well or better without it, and causes a lot of problems. Search this site for examples.

  • 10. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    P.Mirabile Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the heads-up, I just uninstalled it and everything. I will deffinately make sure to let others know never to download Mackeeper!

  • 11. Re: Best Antivirus for Macbook Pro?
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,315 points)

    A wise choice