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Need safety check/virus check for MacBooks

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Apr 24, 2013 6:27 PM

I need a really good and safe application thing that will check to see if i have a virus because my laptop has been acting weird and slow and overrun. so i wanted to check but didnt want to download something unsafe and get a virus in the process.

MacBook Pro
  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,265 points)
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    Apr 24, 2013 6:37 PM (in response to emicav)

    You don't really need one.


    Something else could be responsible for your issues.


    But if you want peace of mind - download and install ClamX AV and scan your Macbook Pro.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,370 points)
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    Apr 24, 2013 6:39 PM (in response to emicav)

    Most AV software is more damage then what it claim it will protect you from.



  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,660 points)
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    Apr 24, 2013 7:46 PM (in response to emicav)

    Here are some suggestions for getting the best results from this site.

    Create a user profile that accurately reflects your version of OS X, or include that information in your first message.

    Give details of the problem. Don't just state your conclusion as to what's causing it. A remark such as "I think I have a virus," or "I got an error," or "X doesn't work" conveys no information. If X did work, you wouldn't be here. Instead, you should post something like this: "I did A; I was expecting B; but I got C instead." Include the complete text of any error messages you saw and where you saw them: in an application window, a CrashReporter window, a log, or whatever. Also include the steps you’ve taken yourself, if any, to try to resolve the issue. If the problem is of recent origin, did you make any changes to your setup just before you first noticed it? Is the problem reproducible or intermittent? That is, does it always manifest itself when you take a certain action, or only at unpredictable times?

    Before posting, ask yourself whether it’s likely that you are the the only person ever to have had this problem. If not, search the discussions for answered questions similar to yours. If you found any pertinent information, but it didn't help, include details.

    Post in the most relevant discussion area. Usually that means the area for the type of Mac you're using, if the problem is hardware-related, or for the OS X version you’re running, if it’s more software-related. Some other Apple products, such as Safari, iTunes, and iPhoto, have their own forums.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    Apr 24, 2013 9:42 PM (in response to emicav)

    emicav wrote:


    I need a really good and safe application thing that will check to see if i have a virus because my laptop has been acting weird and slow and overrun.

    You haven't told us what OS you are using, but as long as it's fully up-to-date then it should protect you against all currently known malware that could impact OS X.


    A better approach might be to give us additional information on exactly what you are experiencing so that we can offer a few ideas on how to cure those issues.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)
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    Apr 25, 2013 3:44 AM (in response to emicav)

    As has already been pointed out, it's extremely unlikely that whatever problems you are having are the result of any kind of malware. Most of the time, malware does not have any noticeable effect on the system. There are exceptions to that rule, but they usually will follow certain patterns.


    Without knowing more about your problems, we can't give you much advice, but there are some good general troubleshooting tips for slow Macs in my Mac Performance Guide. Regarding the issue of malware, see my Mac Malware Guide.


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