5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 25, 2009 10:43 PM by KJK555
bman99 Level 1 (10 points)

I was wondering if investing in any type of anti virus/ mac cleaning software would be worthwhile?

I was looking at Clean my Mac from MacPaw http://macpaw.com/index and Norton AntiVirus for Mac. I was wondering if it would help, because for the few viruses that it would find on a Mac, the extra program running constantly in the background might slow it down even more.

Any opinions/ suggestions are appreciated.

iMac 20" Core 2 Duo(aluminum), Mac OS X (10.5.6), 13" MacBook 2.0 Ghz iPhone 3G
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)

    Just to make you aware there are no Mac viruses in the wild but if you want to use anti virus software get ClamXav

    Word to the wise. Norton is the worst software on the planet. It is literally a virus in itself. If you instal it, only an erase and install can rid you of it.

    And keep in mind, any anti virus software has a tendency to slow the system down. So if you notice a lag... you'll know why.

    Check out the post here by Klaus1: http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=9487317#9487317

    I've never used Clean My Mac before... so I really can't offer any advice on that one.


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  • bman99 Level 1 (10 points)
    I presume you don't have any antivirus software then....?
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)
    No... never used it.

    If you do a search in the Leopard forum for Norton, you'll see what I mean.

  • Craig Baron Level 3 (680 points)
    I have a copy of ClamXav installed, but I only use it manually when I want to check something funky looking (mostly to avoid passing on anything to my PC using associates). I run it on my kids macs occasionally and find various PC junk they have downloaded from questionable sites ("free" music and movie downloads, etc.). I would never set up AV software to run automatically on a mac.

    ClamXav also identifies phishing e-mails, but those should be obvious anyway.
  • KJK555 Level 4 (2,895 points)
    Norton will definitely burn some CPU cycles, Clam AV is as good as anything else, cheaper than any
    of them and uses very little CPU time.

    Clean my Mac sounds interesting, but I've never used it, it is probably a new product.


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