7 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2014 8:58 PM by Kat52
Kat52 Level 1 (0 points)

How do I scan a jump drive for a virus on a Macbook Pro?

MacBook Pro
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 (12,330 points)

    What anti virus program are you using? Just set your program to scan all attached drives. If using Windows 8 then it automatically scans attached drives when you access a file on them.


    More info please.

  • Kat52 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just got the Macbook Pro (without retina)...so Where do I ck for antivirus program?

    This is my first Apple....I'm a PC user and need to also learn the Apple lingo.

  • Kat52 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does a new Macbook Pro come with a virus program?  I can't find one if it did.  I went to systems preferences.  Help?

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 (12,330 points)

    You are posting in the Boot Camp forum. Boot Camp is a means for installing and using Windows on your Apple computer. So it is assumed you are asking about using anti virus in Windows.


    If you are using an Apple computer without Windows then you do not need to do anything.

  • Kat52 Level 1 (0 points)

    That proves what a rookie I am at this!  Sorry, I thought I was in a community for new Macbook pro users. 


    As far as I know, I have OSX operating system.  So, no antivirus software needed?  What group should I be asking my question to?  Thanks for your help.

  • John Galt Level 8 (44,615 points)

    Kat52 wrote:


    Does a new Macbook Pro come with a virus program?


    OS X already includes everything it needs to protect itself from viruses and malware. Keep it that way with software updates from Apple. Robust anti-virus and anti-malware protections have been integrated in OS X since its inception, and have only improved in the many years since then. Mavericks represents the beneficiary of all that experience. There is no separate program to install, but there are features you can use and practices you can observe to customize or augment those protections:


    OS X Mavericks: Protect your Mac

    OS X Mavericks: Protect your Mac from malware

    OS X Mavericks: Keep your information safe

    OS X About Gatekeeper

    About file quarantine in OS X


    If you install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp or virtualization software, Windows requires its own anti-virus measures. That's nothing new.


    The following principles are intended specifically for OS X but can be adapted for any operating system or device.


    • Never install any product that claims to "speed up", "clean up", "optimize", or "accelerate" your Mac. Without exception, they will do the opposite.
    • Never install pirated or "cracked" software, software obtained from dubious websites, or other questionable sources. Illegally obtained software is almost certain to contain malware.
    • Don’t supply your password in response to a popup window requesting it, unless you know what it is and the reason your credentials are required.
    • Don’t open email attachments from email addresses that you do not recognize, or click links contained in an email:
      • Most of these are scams that direct you to fraudulent sites that attempt to convince you to disclose personal information.
      • Such "phishing" attempts are the 21st century equivalent of a social exploit that has existed since the dawn of civilization. Don’t fall for it.
      • Apple will never ask you to reveal personal information in an email. If you receive an unexpected email from Apple saying your account will be closed unless you take immediate action, just ignore it. If your iTunes or App Store account becomes disabled for valid reasons, you will know when you try to buy something or log in to this support site, and are unable to.
    • Don’t install browser extensions unless you understand their purpose. Go to the Safari menu > Preferences > Extensions. If you see any extensions that you do not recognize or understand, simply click the Uninstall button and they will be gone.
    • Don’t install Java unless you are certain that you need it:
      • Java, a non-Apple product, is a potential vector for malware. If you are required to use Java, be mindful of that possibility.
      • Java can be disabled in System Preferences.
      • Despite its name JavaScript is unrelated to Java. No malware can infect your Mac through JavaScript. It’s OK to leave it enabled.
    • Block browser popups: Safari menu > Preferences > Security > and check "Block popup windows":
      • Popup windows are useful and required for some websites, but popups have devolved to become a common means to deliver targeted advertising that you probably do not want.
      • Popups themselves cannot infect your Mac, but many contain resource-hungry code that will slow down Internet browsing.
      • If you ever see a popup indicating it detected registry errors, that your Mac is infected with some ick, or that you won some prize, it is 100% fraudulent. Ignore it.
    • Ignore hyperventilating popular media outlets that thrive by promoting fear and discord with entertainment products arrogantly presented as "news". Learn what real threats actually exist and how to arm yourself against them:
      • The most serious threat to your data security is phishing. To date, most of these attempts have been pathetic and are easily recognized, but that is likely to change in the future as criminals become more clever.
      • OS X viruses do not exist, but intentionally malicious or poorly written code, created by either nefarious or inept individuals, is nothing new.
      • Never install something without first knowing what it is, what it does, how it works, and how to get rid of it when you don’t want it any more.
      • If you elect to use "anti-virus" software, familiarize yourself with its limitations and potential to cause adverse effects, and apply the principle immediately preceding this one.
      • Most such utilities will only slow down and destabilize your Mac while they look for viruses that do not exist, conveying no benefit whatsoever - other than to make you "feel good" about security, when you should actually be exercising sound judgment, derived from accurate knowledge, based on verifiable facts.
    • Do install updates from Apple as they become available. No one knows more about Macs and how to protect them than the company that builds them.


    Summary: Use common sense and caution when you use your Mac, just like you would in any social context. There is no product, utility, or magic talisman that can protect you from all the evils of mankind.

  • Kat52 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you John Galt.  When will your 3rd part of Movie Atlas Shrugged be out?


    Very helpful!