2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2007 12:36 AM by Prof.
Alvin Ray Level 3 Level 3 (520 points)
do i really need an antivirus software for my macbook?

if yes, please suggest reliable/affordable antivirus softwares for mac.

thanks.

iBook G4 800MHz, 1gb shuffle, 4gb nano, 13 inch 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 30gb HD, 654mb RAM, SuperDrive (iBook); 250gb HDD, 3gb RAM (Macbook)
  • 1. Re: antivirus for macbook
    Fortuny Level 7 Level 7 (21,415 points)
    Hi Alvin,

    up to now, there is yet a virus/trojan to be seen that really affects Macs.
    Nearly 99% of all viruses/trojans are Windows based.
    Although some of the phishing tricks, that are used, can also affect Macs.
    But against phishing no AV-software can really help, only the user can be careful to avoid phishing.

    Have a look at ClamXav http://www.clamxav.com/
    It is fairly good and free.

    Have Fun

    Stefan
  • 2. Re: antivirus for macbook
    Prof. Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
    Hey Alvin, how are ya!

    Thankfully, you don't need any additional anti virus, anti spyware, anti anything. OS X is built on a strong UNIX based foundation that doesn't require any additional protection. It sounds hard to believe but it is true; Macs just don't get spyware and viruses like PC's do. When I first got my MB I downloaded a bunch of anti spyware and anti virus programs and found them to be useless. Every week I would scan my MacBook for threats and every week I would get ZERO hits. So I decided to uninstall the programs. Your MacBook is completely safe from the "outside."

    Think of all the money you are going to save by not having to purchase any anti virus/spyware programs. It's great!

    Prof.