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Renee169 Level 1 Level 1

Recently, my main computer has become unsalvageable, forcing me to return to return to an older Apple computer until my new computer arrives. I am concerned that due to its age, that it may be vulnerable to viruses. Would anyone be able to recommend any antivirus protection for it? I understand that there aren't very many viruses targeted at Apple computers, but due to my computers age, I really would like to be as safe as possible.


Mac OS X (10.4.11), Pre Intel processor
Solved by John Galt on Dec 20, 2012 9:06 PM Solved

If you are running Mac OS X 10.4.11 as in your profile, there are no viruses that affect it and you have no reason for concern.

 

I routinely use a Powerbook running that OS.

Reply by Kappy on Dec 20, 2012 9:03 PM Helpful

None.

 

Helpful Links Regarding Virus Protection

 

An excellent link to read is Tom Reed's Mac Malware Guide.

Also, visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on malware.

 

For general anti-virus protection I recommend using ClamXav.

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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    None.

     

    Helpful Links Regarding Virus Protection

     

    An excellent link to read is Tom Reed's Mac Malware Guide.

    Also, visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on malware.

     

    For general anti-virus protection I recommend using ClamXav.

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8

    If you are running Mac OS X 10.4.11 as in your profile, there are no viruses that affect it and you have no reason for concern.

     

    I routinely use a Powerbook running that OS.

  • Renee169 Level 1 Level 1

    That's good news to hear, thank you very much

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5

    John Galt wrote:

     

    If you are running Mac OS X 10.4.11 as in your profile, there are no viruses that affect it and you have no reason for concern.

    No viruses, but there has been recent malware that will attack PPC's as well as Intel machines. Mostly targeted attacks (e.g. Tibetan sympathizers) that use either e-mail or the Java vulnerability that is present on all OS X 10.4 and 10.5(PPC) Macs. It's very low threat and I haven't run into anybody in the forum that has been hit by them yet.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
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    As MadMacs0 points out, there is some malware out there right now that can affect PowerPC machines (assuming that's what you mean in your profile by "Pre Intel processor"). And Mac OS X 10.4 has absolutely none of the built-in malware protections offered by more recent versions of the OS, and it has an insecure version of Java installed. Although it's highly unlikely that you will run into any of the current threats, you should disable Java in your web browser. (Simply avoiding "bad sites" isn't enough, as legit sites can be hacked to contain a malicious Java applet.) You can otherwise avoid malware by being cautious what you download and open, but you may want to run ClamXav just for peace of mind.