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490 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2007 8:25 PM by Allan Eckert
Hello! Well let's put it this way....It's just not practical (although possible) to write a virus for the small number of computers running OSX compared to Windows. That said...in 23 years I did get a virus (or at least that's what my Mac dealer said) from a bootleg floppy about 20 years ago. So yes...it's mostly a waste of money. TomG-4/Sawtooth/1.2ghz Sonnet/10.3.9/2gig ram-G-4 1.8ghz Sawtooth 9.2.2 & 10.3.9, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
I don't use antiviral software either. If and when Mac viruses become a reality, I'll gladly (well not really gladly) install and use some form of virus protection.
Steve M.iMac G4 17 inch, 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Iomega triple interface 250 GB HD
Yes, there are (to date) no viruses that attack the Mac, but that does not mean that a windows virus that comes with an email attachment cannot be passed on to another widows user.
I would suggest that you download the free application ClamXav, which will check for such viruses.20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5, 250GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.9), iLife 6.0.3, Toast 7.1.2, iTunes 7.1.1, QTPro 7.1.6
My anti-virus application is Apple Discussions.
I am sure that my notification will be as reliable/rapid as any third party anti-viral software.
Windows users will not be able to rely on me and will have to fend for themselves.
;~)iMac G4 17 LCD 80 GB 1.25GHZ 768 MB DDR SDRAM; iMac DV SE Graphite, Mac OS X (10.4.9), 20GB iPod Color, iPod shuffle
I am purchasing a new imac. I was told by customer service that since I am going to be transferring files from my pc to my new mac I should get a virus software program to prevent transfers of any viruses. They recommended Norton. Any thoughts on this? Thanks in advance
Windows XP going from xp to imac
Currently Being ModeratedJul 10, 2007 8:25 PM (in response to michandbett)Hi michandbett;
Since there is no virus problem on Mac personally I do see any reason to spend money on virus protection for it. If you still feel you must rather then get Norton which you have to pay for I would suggest ClamXav which is free instead.
AllanMacBook Pro, PowerMac G5 Quad. iPhone, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 7800 GT, 6.5 GB RAM, 440 GB, Nikon N80, Nikon D70, Nikon Coolscan 5000ED