Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2013 12:33 PM (in response to Harry Glidden)
I have been told the Mac does not need anti-virus software. I have Kapersky on my Mac now and was told to take it off. I was told Apple updates the protection software daily. Any thoughts?
You can find a lot of information that will help you choose whether or not you want to run anti-virus software in my Mac Malware Guide. I personally do not use it, and don't think it's necessary at this time, but not everyone is as skeptical of running unknown apps as me and things do have a way of changing suddenly, so you need to make up your own mind.
Two comments specific to your situation... First, I don't really know that I trust Kaspersky that much yet. My testing earlier this year showed that it was just okay, not stellar, at detecting Mac malware, and it wasn't that long ago that a Kaspersky malware removal tool borked people's user accounts, making it impossible for them to log in. So I would probably recommend uninstalling it, using the uninstaller found on the original disk image that you downloaded to install it, even if you decide you want anti-virus software.
Second, Apple doesn't actually update the protection built into Mac OS X daily (there'd be no point, as new Mac malware appears more like once every few months or more), but they do tend to update it very quickly when there is a new threat. Don't think of it, or any other anti-malware software, as bulletproof, though. It is not.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2013 1:07 PM (in response to Harry Glidden)
Harry Glidden wrote:
I was told Apple updates the protection software daily.
Probably more accurate to say that OS X 10.6.8 and above checks for updates to it's malware definition database every twenty-four hours (or when awakened if asleep at the 24 hour point) when it's connected to the Internet. It may be several months between actual updates as there aren't that many new infections discovered in-the-wild. I believe the last time a new definition was added was back in April of this year.
The same update is also used to block dangerous versions of Flash Player and Java. The last change there was on Thursday of last week. I think the one before that was in May.
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