4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 6, 2010 6:38 PM by PoetrySings
TiffanyNicole Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
New to Mac and just purchased a MBP. Was told I don't need to purchase any type of antivirus and I am afraid to go without! Was looking into Norton for Mac! What's the difference between dual protection and Norton 10.1?? Do I need to worry about adware and/or spyware? What other recommendations for virus protection can you suggest?

Tiffany

iPhone 3GS, iPad 64gb -3G, HP Pavilion Dv6338se, HP Desktop, Windows Vista
  • 1. Re: Antivirus??
    sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
    You don't need it. That said, stay away, far away from anything Norton. If you must to feel OK try ClamXav:
    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/52238
  • 2. Re: Antivirus??
    RicD Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
    You truly do not need to run an anti-virus program on your Mac. Inevitably, they all cause more problems than they solve.
  • 3. Re: Antivirus??
    JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    Hi Tiffany,

    As someone who supports thousands of Macs in a "mixed" environment (PC & Mac) I will say that there is some advantage to an anti-virus solution. If anything it can help the flow of PC viruses across a campus/corporate environment. I know we use Sophos here and the Mac client does a pretty good job of sniffing out emails or other files that are infected (files created on a PC).

    Would I consider this a compelling reason for a home user? No. But I will say that Sophos has been pretty good to us, it's pretty light weight and it's definitely a better 'premium' alternative to Norton.
  • 4. Re: Antivirus??
    PoetrySings Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    If you do decide to get one, which you really don't with a Mac, do NOT get Norton. They actually gave my PC viruses by not protecting the computer. They are the worst option you could make for an anti-virus software.