Do you know the name of the AV app you are running?
There may a Preference panel for it in System Preferences. Or you could launch Activity Monitor in Utilities which will show you all the processes/apps currently running (you'll need to recognise its name ).
The application itself is likely residing in the Applications folder.
Whatever virus software you are running, get rid of it!
If you know the name of the Antivirus software, type it into the spotlight search in the top right of the main OS X menu. This will tell you where the software was installed.
OS X doesn't need antivirus software and, typically, it interferes with normal OS X operation.
If the software has a dedicated uninstaller, use it to completely uninstall the Antivirus software.
If the software doesn't have an uninstaller app, you need to go to the antivirus' developer site and see if there is an uninstaller on the website that you can download, install and run.
Deb M3 wrote:
Get rid of it? What protects my computer without the software?
The protection already built into OS X.
You may find this User Tip on Viruses, Trojan Detection and Removal, as well as general Internet Security and Privacy, useful: The User Tip seeks to offer guidance on the main security threats and how to avoid them.
More useful information can also be found here:
Yes, you do not need any antivirus software at all with OS X.
If you run Windows on your iMac, if you want, you can install Antivirus software from within Windows.
This won't affect OS X.
OS X, itself, doesn't need any Antivirus software at all.
Uninstall it per my previous instructions.
Everyone here has given you info as to why you do not need Antivirus software in OS X.
OS X has many built-in features that will identify any malware or Trojans without the need of additonal Antivirus software. The additonal antivirus software only makes for contradictory and incompatible behaviour of OS X.'s antivirus services and the other intervening software. It, also,interferes with the normal and smooth operation of OS X.
Macs and OS X are not PCs with Windows.
You have had info and advice supplied to you by more experienced users than I.
They are telling the same things.
Uninstall the antivirus software you are using on OS X, it conflicts with the ordinary operation of OS X and its own virus tracking services.
Yes. A little hard for me to believe. Cllarrifying might help
Try reading my Mac Malware Guide.
Note that many people here tend to have very black-and-white views of anti-virus software. Although it is still, at this point, easily possible to stay safe with no anti-virus software at all, there are also certain basic things that many people do without thinking about it that can end up infecting a machine without the user knowing about it. You need to learn what those things are and not do them (my guide will help with that), and you need to decide for yourself whether or not anti-virus software is appropriate for you. My guide will also help with that decision, and will recommend some software if you decide to use it.
One thing in particular you should be aware of is that having Java enabled in your web browser is extremely dangerous at this time. If you have Java installed and enabled in the web browser, you may want to at least run a one-time scan with some good anti-virus software, even if you end up uninstalling it afterwards.