Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 5:09 AM (in response to autiger)
I think that, if you take appropriate precautions, you can still get by without anti-virus software. But if you want anti-virus software, I highly recommend using either Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition or ClamXav.
(Note that my pages contain links to other pages that promote my services, and this should not be taken as an endorsement of my services by Apple.)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 5:32 AM (in response to autiger)
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 malware that affects an up-to-date Mac OS system 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 a “codec,” “plug-in,” or “certificate” that comes from that same site, or an unknown site, merely in order to use the 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 Player, 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.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 6:25 AM (in response to autiger)
Though not as common Macs still get viruses. I have seen a couple roll through our office. Like Thomas, I recommend Sophos. It's free and works and it's not a resource hog.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 5:32 PM (in response to michaelnsheena)
I highly doubt that, unless your talking about some sort of vintage Mac.
Don't believe everything some MacKeeper tells you about finding a virus on your system. Unscrupulous anti-vir peddlers are infamouse for greatly exagerrating dangers of certain items, not to mention numerous false-positives in legit software.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 5:55 PM (in response to michaelnsheena)
Would you be kind enough to tell us which viruses they were and where they are listed as Mac viruses?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 6:09 PM (in response to babowa)
The one that I was really concerned about was the Flashback Trojan. I did download a virus protection just long enough to scan my computer, but it did 't find anything.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 6:13 PM (in response to autiger)
I think HACINT0SH and babowa are focusing on the difference between viruses and trojans (the Flashback malware is not a virus). It's a detail that is significant, but for most people does not matter because all "malware" is ultimately something bad that they don't want, regardless of how it's exactly classified.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 6:17 PM (in response to autiger)
Thank you; I was/am hoping for an answer from michaelnsheena who claimed:
Though not as common Macs still get viruses. I have seen a couple roll through our office.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 6:43 PM (in response to autiger)
Read my User Tip here, I haven't got hit with anything ever.
Well 16 years ago a work computer got hit with WDEF, but it wasn't mine so that doesn't count.