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Henry R Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 8, 2012 9:55 AM

This is not the right forum, but I couldn't find an Intego forum, so hopefullly someone here can help me, or refer me somewhere else.

I have an IMac and the operating system is the latest version of Snow Leopard.

I have anti-virus software which is Intego Virus Barrier X6 version 10.6.12.

When I go into the Intego Virus Barrier application, and click on the Privacy tab which is on top:

It shows that the Spyware Protection is set to off, and in the Data Vault the Data Protection is set to off.

I have never fiddled with these settings in the 3 years I have had this program, so I never noticed it before.

So I don't know if they were off the entire time.

Should I change one or both of these settings from "off" to "on"?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iPhoto 8.1.2 (424)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,485 points)
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    May 8, 2012 9:57 AM (in response to Henry R)

    You don't need Virus Barrier which, l;ike most anti-birus applications, causes more problems than it solves.

     

    You will find this User Tip on Viruses, Trojan Detection and Removal, as well as general Internet Security and Privacy, useful:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2435

     

     

    The User Tip (which you are welcome to print out and retain for future reference) seeks to offer guidance on the main security threats and how to avoid them, including how to prevent, detect and/or remove the Flashback Trojan.

  • Silly rabbit Level 4 Level 4 (2,980 points)
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    May 8, 2012 10:01 AM (in response to Henry R)

    Henry R wrote: Should I change one or both of these settings from "off" to "on"?

     

    You should remove the antivirus from your computer altogether. Antivirus software is malware on a Mac. If you don't believe me, ask yourself this question: How many viruses has the software picked up in the three years it has been running? I already know the answer is, zero! Get that rubbish of your machine!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,485 points)
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    May 8, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to Henry R)

    Are you sure they were 'viruses'? No viruses that can attack OS X have so far been detected 'in the wild', i.e. in anything other than laboratory conditions. Trojans are another matter.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,220 points)
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    May 8, 2012 11:31 AM (in response to Henry R)
    MacBooks  iMacs  iPods  AirPorts, Mac OS X (10.7.3),  27 years Apple!
  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    May 8, 2012 2:02 PM (in response to Henry R)

    Both Windows malware, and won't run on the Mac.

     

    But at least you won't be passing them on to any Windows users.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,350 points)
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    May 8, 2012 8:15 PM (in response to Henry R)

    Henry R wrote:

     

    By "malware" do you mean spyware? If so, then how did this program by Intego stop the spyware if my spyware protection was set to "off"? This gets back to my original question, which no one has yet answered:

     

    My Virus Barrier 6 Program "shows that the Spyware Protection is set to off

    Spyware is a rather loosely defined term, but in general it is not considered to be malware. Since I own but do not use Virus Barrier X5 and X6, I should probably know what it protects against, but I can't give you an answer without looking it up, something you can probably do using the built in help or on the Intego site. I tried to find them up on X5, but they aren't there, so apparently they are new features.

     

    All the spyware I'm familiar with for the Mac must be installed by having physical or network access to your Mac. They are things like key loggers or remote access programs. Many of them are installed by users themselves to accomplish legitimate tasks. That's probably why the function is turned off. If you suspect that somebody else has installed something like that to "spy" on you, then you probably should turn it on for a complete scan of your hard drive and then turn it back off so it won't interfer with your computer operation any more than it is right now.

  • Silly rabbit Level 4 Level 4 (2,980 points)
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    May 9, 2012 4:14 AM (in response to Henry R)

    Do you have any pirated software or key generators on your computer? Anti-virus software will often pick these up as viruses.

     

    It is called malware because it is intrusive and unnecessary.

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