Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 10:06 PM (in response to Intructions)
OS X has got its own security systems, and antiviruses just make the computer slow, so you don't need any antivirus. See > http://www.thesafemac.com/mmg
Anyway, if you have to install an antivirus, we recommend ClamXav and Sophos, but not different antiviruses
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 10:07 PM (in response to Intructions)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 10:18 PM (in response to Intructions)
For example, if you connect USB drives to your Mac that you are going to use with a PC. In this case, I recommend you to have an antivirus just to check the USB drive and the files you put into it, because your Mac isn't affected by viruses, but you can transfer them to other PCs
Currently Being ModeratedMar 6, 2013 6:54 AM (in response to Intructions)
Entirely your call....
Recent malware for various platforms has been based on Adobe Flash and on Oracle Java. Consider avoiding those tools.
Consider how you use your computer.... If you tend to download stuff from sites other than the Mac App Store (and particularly if you're prone to downloading and installing stuff that you didn't go looking for), if you're loading or otherwise using torrents "incautiously", if you're loading software from sites other than the developer's own (whether torrents or any of the various "download" sites), if you automatically type your administrative password when you're prompted for it by something, if you click on links in random mail messages believing that message is really from LinkedIn or Facebook or your cellular provider or your bank or your best friend, if you're running with Adobe Flash installed and with the Oracle Java JVM WebStart plug-in enabled in your browser(s), and if you're prone to picking weak passwords, then you might want to acquire and load some anti-malware software.
Having regular backups can also a key part of recovering from a malware problem; rolling back to before the problem and then "closing the hole" is a common recovery technique.
But realize that anti-malware tools are far from a panacea, as they're inherently prone to missing new and changed and "polymorphic" malware, and any of the tools can (unintentionally) render your Mac unstable, uncooperative and otherwise flaky. In how they insert themselves into the operating system, anti-malware tools can act like the malware they're defending against, after all.
If you don't do that sort of thing, and if you treat that administrative password as the "key" to your calendar, your address book, your email, your keychain login passwords to Facebook, LinkedIn and whereever, and granting access to the rest of your environment — that's what that administrative password is, after all — and if you keep good backups, then the built-in Xprotect tool does fairly well even with the recent malware.
If you're swapping storage with Windows or presenting file shares to a network, then you can use ClamAV as that can scan files and quarantine malware for various platforms including Windows and OS X. ClamAV is installed with OS X Server, and there are ports of ClamAV available for OS X client via Fink, Homebrew and MacPorts. There's also ClamXAV around — here is the ClamXAV Mac App Store link — that other thread has an indirect pointer.
I generally run with the built-in Xprotect, with Java off or not installed, and with Flash deinstalled, and don't run nor seed torrents, and no add-on anti-malware tools. The servers I run do use ClamAV, as they tend to have file shares.
This question gets asked, so have a look around the forums for some previous discussions, opinions and options.
There are trade-offs. You know how you use your Mac. Your call.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2013 11:56 AM (in response to Intructions)
what do i need to do to for maintence?
That's really a separate topic, and in the future would be better addressed on a new topic with a more appropriate title to get the most eyes looking at it. However, to answer the question, you don't really need to do anything as far as maintenance is concerned. See The myth of the dirty Mac.
As to the reasons for your system to be slow, we can't do more than guess without more details. Try my Mac Performance Guide as a starting point.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to Intructions)
Bias: a particular tendency or inclination, especially one that prevents unprejudcied consideration of a question; prejudice.
How exactly are Thomas' articles biased? I personally don't always agree with him...but that's not the same thing. To paraphrase a certain spanish duelist - I don't think that word means what you think it means.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2013 3:26 PM (in response to Intructions)
personaly i hate your articles! they are so biased! but some good things in there anyway so i guess they were ok articles!
I'm not sure how to respond to that. It would be far better if you could be clear about what exactly you don't like about them. You claim they're biased, but I'm not sure I understand that criticism. I try very hard to avoid bias. I'm also not quite sure how you could hate them but think they're okay...?
If you'd like to have a constructive conversation about this, I would be glad to talk to you about it. Feel free to e-mail me privately.