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Aug 8, 2012 5:37 PM

I am concerned my Mac is not secure, as when I go to do online banking the security lock is no longer visible. Is there an anti-virus software I can use to check my mac?

  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 5:39 PM (in response to booniieee)

    ClamXav is about the only package that even "anti" antivirus folk will agree is worthwhile. Install it, update the signatures, and do a full disk scan.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 5:40 PM (in response to booniieee)

    There are no known viruses in the wild that affect Mac OS X.  If you feel you must have anti-virus protection, two good programs are free: ClamXAV and SOPHOS.  Avoid at all costs the commercial product from Norton, that has messed many users computers on here.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 6:12 PM (in response to booniieee)

    If you're using Safari 6, you should see a lock icon labeled https in the address bar when viewing this site, or any secure site.

  • jrssms97 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 6:28 PM (in response to booniieee)

    Smart to add antivirus software.  There are now exploits in the wild for Mac, so anyone not running protection is at risk.  I just bought an iMac, and my first purchase was eset Cybersecurity for Mac.  I run eset NOD32 antivirus on my PC, and I've never had a problem on it.  I highly recommend Cybersecurity for Mac. 

     

    I previously ran Norton on my PC's, but I no longer trust a security company that got cracked, and had their source code posted out on the web.  Hope this helps.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,625 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 6:44 PM (in response to jrssms97)

    Nonsense, please name one just one virus? They don't exist. There are however a few Trojans out there which are normally easily handled by keeping your machine up-to-date. If the OP is really paranoid then get ClamXav because it's kept up-to-date and isn't intrusive. Most anti-virus software tends to create more problems than they solve. I have been using my Mac for 5+ years, no antivirus software and the machine runs better today than it did when it was new.

  • hpr3 Level 5 Level 5 (5,700 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 7:43 PM (in response to jrssms97)

    That was a complete waste of money. You are living in a Windows world. When your Mac starts to bog down or act erratically you can look to your anti virus software first as the culprit. I hope it came with an uninstaller.

     

    Good Luck 

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,425 points)
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    Aug 9, 2012 1:49 AM (in response to booniieee)

    You do not have a virus.

     

    It help us to help you if you included information on what Mac you have, what version of OS X and what browser you are using.

     

    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.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,980 points)
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    Aug 9, 2012 4:14 AM (in response to booniieee)

    I am concerned my Mac is not secure, as when I go to do online banking the security lock is no longer visible. Is there an anti-virus software I can use to check my mac?

     

    Malware would not have any effect on the security of the connection to your bank site. As Linc says, if you have upgraded to Mountain Lion recently, or have downloaded Safari 6 separately, you should see something like this for secure sites:

     

    Screen Shot 2012-08-09 at 7.07.44 AM.png

     

    If you are not seeing that https lock symbol for your bank site, it is not using a secured connection. I would be extremely surprised to find that a reputable bank is using an unsecure connection for its web-based banking tools, but it could happen. You'll want to contact your bank about that.

     

    You, unfortunately, used the word "virus" in your post, which is a great way to inflame people into debates over whether there are any Mac viruses and whether anti-virus software is worthwhile rather than addressing your issue. If you find that your bank says that the connection should be secure and it isn't, I would advise abandoning this topic and starting a new topic here, avoiding any mention of malware, to see if anyone can help you fix the problem.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Aug 9, 2012 4:37 AM (in response to booniieee)

    booniiee, you should be getting the flavor of opinion by now on the subject of viruses and Mac OS X.  Stick with the advice of those of us saying you do not need elaborate, intrusive anti-virus software.  The best answers dealing with viruses/trojans/malware are found in Klaus1's tip page which he references above, and Thomas Reed's outstanding guide on malware found here.  Read through that information if you still have doubts, they are excellent.

  • Budjens Level 2 Level 2 (230 points)
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    Aug 9, 2012 8:47 PM (in response to thomas_r.)

    Thomas --

     

    In Safari 6.0 with Mountain Lion, the URL/search bar displays security info (Lock/https:) only very briefly as the page is loading.  After the page is loaded, I can't tell if the site I'm on is secure or not.  This only happens on my iMac, not my PowerBook Pro.

     

    Any help on this?  A corrupt file somewhere?

     

    Thanks.

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