Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2013 3:23 AM (in response to Douglas14202)
There is malware out there, and every now and then it manages to get through Mac OS X's defenses for a little while here and there. You need to learn how to protect yourself at a minimum. Further, nobody has really addressed the question directly. If there is some requirement imposed on you that you must run anti-virus software, there are some that will be very low-impact.
For more information on this sort of stuff, including some recommendations with regard to deciding whether to use anti-virus software and what to use if you do, see my Mac Malware Guide.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2013 3:50 AM (in response to Douglas14202)
Hahaha this bit made me laugh "7. Never install any commercial "anti-virus" or "Internet security" products for the Mac, as they all do more harm than good, if they do any good at all. Any database of known threats is always going to be out of date. Most of the danger is from unknown threats. If you need to be able to detect Windows malware in your files........." Cheers Linc Davis
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2013 3:54 AM (in response to Douglas14202)
I am looking for anti-virus, internet security software that does a good job against malware and doesn't slow down OS 10.8?
In short, you don't need it. Apple has got your back.
If your dealing with Windows files and transferring them to other Windows users, then install the free ClamXav and run a scan when you need too., it's not on all the time.
Since 10.8 has Gatekeeper, some software from the web won't install if it's not signed with a Apple developer id, which in a lot of cases is totally unnecessary and id's have been used maliciously to get users to install software.
If you know the source is trustworthy, you can turn off Gatekeeper either permanently or temporarily, head to System Preferences > Security >General and set downloads to Anywhere. You can set this back once your done installing software from known trusted sources.
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