Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 10:51 AM (in response to ikonukon)iMac (3.2 GHz, Intel Core i5-2013), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), Fusion Drive-3.12TB, 32GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 11:46 AM (in response to ikonukon)
Saying that it didn't work is not really justification for your comment. You don't need an anti virus which is why you could say it didn't work.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 11:48 AM (in response to ikonukon)
Fortunately there are currently no viruses for the Mac in the wild. However, there are some rather nasty Trojans that can and will infect Macs. A Trojan is Malware that tricks the user into installing it by pretending to be something else. Trojans are often distributed through SPAM -- "Download this file to speed up your Mac" or "this site is better viewed if you download this viewer". Trojans have even been embedded in pirated versions of Apple's own Pages offered at super bargain prices. Since the user actually installs the Trojan themself, they are virtually impossible to detect so the only protection is to be vigilant and not download or install anything unless you know it is a reliable source and you have intentionally navigated to the site. Clicking on links in unsolicited email is very risky. Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) has a preference that will flag any software that did not come through the Apple store and prevent it from either being installed or running. You will find that in System Preferences > Security & Privacy under the General tab. I recommend choosing "Allow applications downloaded from: Mac App Store and identified developers".
That said, there are free antivirus programs for the Mac. Probably the oldest is Clam X AV, but Sophos, and AVAST are also good and generally they do not interfere with normal system operation. There are several others but these are three I have had personal experience with and feel confident in recommending. Regardless of which you choose none of them can detect Mac viruses as there are no Mac viruses to detect. However they can and will detect Windowqs viruses and prevent your passing them along to unsuspecting Windows users. In any case it is essential that the anti-virus "signature" files be kept up to date preferably on a daily basis.
Apple is diligent about security updates to protect OS X from malware so be sure to install all OS X updates, but only do it through the App Store or its surrogate Software Update.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to Baby Boomer (USofA))
Baby Boomer (USofA) wrote:
None. There are no viruses for OSX
In view of that statement I recommend you, the OP, read "There are no Mac viruses".
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 2:54 PM (in response to ikonukon)
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.
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