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Is it necessary to install anti-virus software. If so, which one is recommended for Mac?
iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Bruce Etnyre Level 4 Level 4 (1,440 points)
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    Jun 24, 2009 8:15 AM (in response to Vander)
    Most of the experienced users here do not recommend using antivirus software on Macs because there are no known viruses that affect it.

    I run an app named ClamXAV once a week to remove PC viruses that I could inadvertently pass on to PC's. In the months I've been using it, I've only found two and they were easily removed from attachments sent in spam e-mail.

    ClamX is free and can be downloaded from VersionTracker.com
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  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
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    Jun 24, 2009 8:41 AM (in response to Vander)
    Vander wrote:
    Is it necessary to install anti-virus software.

    No. There are no Mac viruses.
    If so, which one is recommended for Mac?

    ClamAV is the only one that seems to be trouble-free and of course, cost-free.
    I don't use any A/V or anti-malware apps on my Macs. When the times comes, I will be one of the first to install one, but right not it's unnecessary, and some A/V programs cause more problems than they don't solve.

    Message was edited by: nerowolfe
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