4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 4, 2009 11:40 AM by citrine
citrine Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
I'm having trouble on a website and wonder if my iMac has a built in anti-virus or should I get one? I have OS X 10.5.7

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,450 points)
    Hello citrine:

    iMac has a built in anti-virus or should I get one?


    No, and no.

    There are NO documented viruses that affect a Mac running OS X - none.

    A/V software is , IMHO, a waste of money and resources on a Mac. Additionally, A/V software can cause problems with the system.

    Barry

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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,235 points)
    I'm having trouble on a website


    What do you mean exactly? What is the url? What browser?

    and wonder if my iMac has a built in anti-virus


    No, and since that's not an issue on a Mac your problem is caused by something else.

    I have OS X 10.5.7


    Then you should post your question in a different place (this forum is for 10.6.) Go here:

    http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=1225
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (34,095 points)
    Snow Leopard has some rudimentary malware protection built in. Namely, watching what downloads through the web onto your hard drive. Whether it's in a .dmg file, install package or what, it automatically searches these files for the handful of known Trojans out there. If it finds one, it let's you know that you should not run whatever it is you downloaded.
  • citrine Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Thanks guys. Y'all answered my question.

    Message was edited by: citrine