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virus protection on Mac

490 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2007 8:25 PM by Allan Eckert RSS
pixlgrl Calculating status...
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May 4, 2007 2:54 PM
Is "Virus Barrier, a virus protection program for the mac a necessary application, or is it a waste of money. It's by Intego? I thought the mac was not virus prone.
Do I really need it for virus definitions etc.?
G4, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Thomas Bryant Level 6 Level 6 (13,865 points)
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    May 4, 2007 3:00 PM (in response to pixlgrl)
    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. Tom
    G-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)
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    May 4, 2007 3:01 PM (in response to Thomas Bryant)
    I agree with Thomas.
    iMac Intel2 -1GB; Mac G4 17" FP, 1 GHz, 768 MB RAM, and Mac Mini upstairs, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Cable I'net; LaCie Ext. HD
  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
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    May 4, 2007 3:24 PM (in response to pixlgrl)
    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.

    Regards,
    Steve M.
    iMac G4 17 inch, 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Iomega triple interface 250 GB HD
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    May 4, 2007 3:26 PM (in response to pixlgrl)
    Hi Pizigirl!

    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
  • Ferd II Level 7 Level 7 (23,205 points)
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    May 4, 2007 9:34 PM (in response to pixlgrl)
    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
  • michandbett Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 10, 2007 7:37 PM (in response to pixlgrl)
    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

      Windows XP  
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,305 points)
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    Jul 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.

    Allan
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    MacBook 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

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