4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2012 7:35 PM by stevejobsfan0123
boobert Level 1 (0 points)

I know there is alot of antivirus software out there but what is the best for mac,people tell me to get intego,sophos,mcafee,norton..i just don't know what to get,then i have people tell me to turn off java and they have been using their mac's for years without it,ok so my question is what antivirus would Tim Cook use.

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011)
  • petermac87 Level 5 (7,355 points)

    boobert wrote:


    ok so my question is what antivirus would Tim Cook use.

    Ring him. How would we know? ClamXav and Sophos seem to be the most commonly used for people who want some form of anti-virus. Nortons is destructive on a Mac.


    It's up to the individual.


    Good Luck



  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)

    You're right, there are many opinions on both sides of the "use it" or "you don't need it" discussion. However, even those that say you don't need it concede that ClamXav is the one to use if you choose.  It's available from http://www.clamxav.com . I've used it for years with no issues to scan email and downloads. As for what Tim Cook uses, you'd need to ask him.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,275 points)

    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 a fully-updated installation of Mac OS X 10.6 or later takes the form of trojans, which can only work 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.


    Disable Java (not JavaScript) in your web browser(s). Few websites have Java content nowadays, so you won’t be missing much. This setting is mandatory in Mac OS X 10.5.8 or earlier, because Java in those versions has bugs that make it unsafe to use on the Internet. Those bugs will probably never be fixed, because those older operating systems are no longer being maintained by Apple. Migrate to a newer version of the Mac OS as soon as you can.


    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.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    ok so my question is what antivirus would Tim Cook use.

    Tim Cook would not use anti-virus whatsoever. It is not needed on a Mac. If you insist, some users around here recommend ClamXav.