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Antivirus on MacBook pro

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Feb 29, 2012 4:46 PM

I recently purchased a MacBook pro at best buy. The guys there gave me some antivirus software to install on it. They gave me Trend Micro Smart Surfing. For MAC. I am new to Mac, never owned one before and I have been told that you don't need antivirus on Mac. I have used Norten 360 for years on my windows based pc and had good luck. I noticed that Norten makes a product for Mac. Just wanted some feedback on what my best options were. Love the Mac so far!

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  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Feb 29, 2012 4:51 PM (in response to Miterman)

    Stay away, far, far away from Norton.

     

    Read:

    http://www.reedcorner.net/guides/macvirus/

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,995 points)
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    Feb 29, 2012 5:30 PM (in response to Miterman)

    Mac OS X versions 10.6.7 and later have built-in detection of known Mac malware in downloaded files. The recognition database is automatically updated once a day; however, you shouldn't rely on it, because the attackers are always at least a day ahead of the defenders. In most cases, there’s no benefit from any other automated protection against malware.

     

    The most effective defense against malware is your own intelligence. All known Mac malware takes the form of trojans that can only operate if the victim is duped into running them. If you're smarter than the malware attacker thinks you are, you won't be duped. That means, primarily, that you never install software from an untrustworthy source. How do you know a source is untrustworthy?

     

    • Any website that prompts you to install software, such as a “codec” or “plug-in,” that comes from that same site, or an unknown site, is untrustworthy.
    • A web operator who tells you that you have a “virus,” or that anything else is wrong with your computer, or that you have won a prize in a contest you never entered, is trying to commit a crime with you as the victim.
    • “Cracked” versions of commercial software downloaded from a bittorrent are likely to be infected.
    • Software with a corporate brand, such as Adobe Flash, must be downloaded directly from the developer’s website. No intermediary is acceptable.

     

    Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be as safe from malware as you can reasonably be.

     

    Never install any commercial "anti-virus" products for the Mac, as they all do more harm than good. If you need to be able to detect Windows malware in your files, use ClamXav – nothing else.

  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,130 points)
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    Feb 29, 2012 5:34 PM (in response to sig)

    sig wrote:

     

    Stay away, far, far away from Norton.

     

    Read:

    http://www.reedcorner.net/guides/macvirus/

     

    Thanks for the link.  I actually save all these links that you old, grizzled, cranky contributors leave here.

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Feb 29, 2012 9:54 PM (in response to OrangeMarlin)

    "Thanks for the link.  I actually save all these links that you old, grizzled, cranky contributors leave here."

     

    Old? Grizzled? No. Cranky yes.

  • pennbank Level 4 Level 4 (1,580 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 2:10 AM (in response to Miterman)

    I like you used to use Norton and never had a problem with it. How ever now on a mac I use Sophos

    which is free for Mac home users

     

    http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-ed ition.aspx

     

    http://community.sophos.com/

     

    Some users on this forum state that Anti Virus is not needed and that their are no virus for mac

    however, surley its better to be safe then sorry, Why would companies write it for a mac if it was not needed.

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 2:32 AM (in response to pennbank)

    "Why would companies write it for a mac if it was not needed."

     

    To make money, capitalizing on the credulity of the ignorant. Has it escaped your notice that the world is filled with successful products that no one actually needs? Ever heard of Hostess Twinkies?

  • pennbank Level 4 Level 4 (1,580 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 2:37 AM (in response to eww)

    Its like arguing whether you should ride a bicycle with a crash helmet on.

    personal choice ?

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 3:48 AM (in response to pennbank)

    It's your Mac, you can do what you want with it (at least until Big Brother Apple closes down the system).

     

    All we can do is advise you.

    Just remember that even if the software doesn't actually harm or slow down your Mac, it's only as good at finding threats as its latest update - which is usually a week or so after the damage has been done.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,985 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 4:15 AM (in response to noondaywitch)

    Just remember that even if the software doesn't actually harm or slow down your Mac, it's only as good at finding threats as its latest update - which is usually a week or so after the damage has been done.

     

    A week?  That's generous.  I've got a couple variants of Flashback that still aren't detected by many AV programs five months after their first appearance!

     

    That doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't run AV software, but you need to use it appropriately - ie, as no more than a backup safety net to hopefully catch stuff that gets past your own awareness and the built-in anti-malware protection in Mac OS X.

     

    Many more details on this topic can be found at the link sig posted earlier.

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 6:10 PM (in response to pennbank)

    "Its like arguing whether you should ride a bicycle with a crash helmet on.

    personal choice ?"

     

    That's a no brainer. Having survived several serious bike accidents I would no brains left had it not been for my bike helmet.

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