Currently Being ModeratedJan 4, 2013 4:56 AM (in response to debobe)
My bank just issued security software to be installed to make on-line banking more secure. One thing it checks for is anti-virus software. Until now, I've not installed it on my iMac. I guess now is the time I should consider it. Has anyone installed any antivirus software, or a security software suite, that they are pleased with? As a former PC owner, I do not want my experiences there to cloud my judgement.
Also, would anti-virus software work on an iPad? I actually use that more than my desktop.
Usually Mac's don't need security because it already has got virus protection but if you're considering put iAntivirus from Norton available on the Mac APP STORE FREE.
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Currently Being ModeratedJan 3, 2013 3:51 PM (in response to debobe)
First ... iPad use iOS, while iMac uses OSX ... software ritten for one does not work on the other, usually.
Second ... read the "virus" links in this thread: https://discussions.apple.com/message/17340495#17340495
Anti-virus, according to senior contributors is not the same priority on Max as in Windows.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 4, 2013 2:02 AM (in response to debobe)
Under no circumstances install anything from Norton - it is incompatible with OS X.
There are many forms of ‘Malware’ that can affect a computer system, of which ‘a virus’ is but one type, ‘trojans’ another. Using the strict definition of a computer virus, no viruses that can attack OS X have so far been detected 'in the wild', i.e. in anything other than laboratory conditions. The same is not true of other forms of malware, such as Trojans. Whilst it is a fairly safe bet that your Mac will NOT be infected by a virus, it may have other security-related problem, but more likely a technical problem unrelated to any malware threat.
You may find this User Tip on Viruses, Trojan Detection and Removal, as well as general Internet Security and Privacy, useful:
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.
More useful information can also be found here:
Currently Being ModeratedJan 4, 2013 6:28 AM (in response to debobe)
Regarding your iPad, as long as you haven't jailbroken it, there isn't any kind of malware that can infect it at this time. Which is fortunate, since the security measures that are preventing malware on iOS also prevent anti-virus software from doing anything useful, so there really isn't any anti-virus software for iOS.
When it comes to the Mac, there are a lot of anti-virus programs out there, but most of them are junk. Do not, under any circumstances, pay for anything! The best anti-virus programs are some of the free ones. For more information, see my Mac Malware Guide, which will recommend some anti-virus programs if you choose to use them (which is not, at this time, necessary for most folks).
Regarding iAntivirus, which someone else recommended... Although I agree with Klaus that Norton is bad, iAntivirus is most definitely not the same as Norton! It comes from the App Store, and as such it cannot install any background processes that can cause instability, and it is limited in what files it can touch, so it really can't damage your system. However, the same limitations that prevent it from doing damage can also prevent it from being as useful as a non-App Store app, since it can't scan many places that malware might want to install into. In addition, the results of some testing I did not too long ago (found in Mac anti-virus detection rates) show that iAntivirus doesn't recognize a significant number of samples of recent malware. Based on those two things, I wouldn't recommend it. (Not meaning to criticize Klaus in any way, just trying to clarify the issue of iAntivirus.)