4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 31, 2013 2:56 PM by Michael SA
RGJS Level 1 (0 points)

do i need antivirus for mac

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 (49,775 points)

    No. Since there is nothing for the AV software to do on the Mac, all they do is cause trouble.



  • edex67 Level 4 (3,250 points)

    Possibly. There are viruses for the Mac, although they are technically Trojans they can be detected by antivirus. Although there isn't anywhere near as much of a threat as Windows if you're really security conscious you will use antivirus.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,600 points)

    There are many forms of ‘Malware’ that can affect a computer system, of which ‘a virus’ is but one type, ‘trojans’ another. Using the strict definition of a computer virus, no viruses that can attack OS X have so far been detected 'in the wild', i.e. in anything other than laboratory conditions. The same is not true of other forms of malware, such as Trojans. Whilst it is a fairly safe bet that your Mac will NOT be infected by a virus, it may have other security-related problem, but more likely a technical problem unrelated to any malware threat.



    You may find this User Tip on Viruses, Trojan Detection and Removal, as well as general Internet Security and Privacy, useful:




    The User Tip (which you are welcome to print out and retain for future reference) seeks to offer guidance on the main security threats and how to avoid them.


    More useful information can also be found here:



  • Michael SA Level 1 (0 points)

    I have just gone through an issue with an unwanted 'guest' user (AviSdaemer) taking liberties on all permissions on my imac, I think 'he' came in through my unprotected hp air printer, connected to my wifi, which I thoughtlessly had given full sharing permissions to.  I don't want this to happen again, any suggestions?