Currently Being ModeratedOct 16, 2013 12:45 AM (in response to PGSonier)
No, dont use Norton.
Use ClamXav or Sophos
and whatever you do, DONT install MacKeeper, its garbageware advertized ALL over the www, .....unfortunately.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 16, 2013 1:10 AM (in response to PlotinusVeritas)
I decided to download the free trial on Sophos and I do have to say I love it already and I just got it. Thanks so much for all of your help!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 16, 2013 2:02 AM (in response to PGSonier)
You may find this User Tip on Viruses, Trojan Detection and Removal, as well as general Internet Security and Privacy, useful: The User Tip seeks to offer guidance on the main security threats and how to avoid them.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 16, 2013 2:09 AM (in response to PGSonier)
None is necessary.
Do not use ClamXAV.
Sophos is OK, but not necessary.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 16, 2013 2:33 AM (in response to PlotinusVeritas)
Many use the free ClamXav just to check incoming emails. However, extensive testing in the Fall of 2013 showed that ClamXav is falling behind in terms of malware detection, and our resident expert Thomas A Reed now recommends either VirusBarrier Express or Dr. Web Light, both from the App Store.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 16, 2013 2:41 AM (in response to Klaus1)
will note same. Like dominic I agree I dont need same, ...I keep countless autonomous archives and HD clones handy in worse case scenario.
Nothing has ever happened, but "in case pigs fly", prudence is a great motto, obviously.
A large pile of redundant HD is a "warm fuzzy" position to have.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 16, 2013 3:25 AM (in response to PGSonier)
I have programs that keep my MacBook running smoothly and as fast as possible by clearing out unnecessary files. Recently, my MacBook has become slow
These two things are probably related. The various "cleaning" tools out there are completely unnecessary, and are more likely to cause problems than to solve or prevent them. See The myth of the dirty Mac.
I would advise trying the suggestions in my Mac Performance Guide.
As for malware, that's undoubtedly not the cause of the issue. Mac malware is very rare, and the system your profile says you're running will protect you quite effectively against it. (For more information about this kind of stuff, see my Mac Malware Guide.) Besides which, most Mac malware wouldn't cause any symptoms you would notice, if you did happen to be infected. Although I like Sophos, adding any anti-virus software to an already over-burdened system is not going to solve the problem, and may just make it worse.
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