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Virus protection for Macs?

Asked by christybird (813 points ) December 3rd, 2007

I know Apple products tend to be less susceptible to viruses and things, but is there some kind of virus protection that I should install on my new MacBook? I want to be a responsible computer owner and protect the small fortune I put into this thing…

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glial's avatar

Never used any in 15 years. But if you must, Clam X is free.

http://www.clamxav.com/

Cardinal's avatar

No virus or pop-ups in 5 years!

ben's avatar

I would say “no.” If you have a Mac I think you can ignore viruses happily and responsibly.

christybird's avatar

Thanks guys!

cwilbur's avatar

If you run Windows on your Mac, through Boot Camp, Parallels, or VMWare Fusion, you do need virus protection for that, however.

suzannek's avatar

The OSX/LeapA worm was reported last year:

http://www.sophos.com/pressoffice/news/articles/2006/02/macosxleap.html

This isn’t the only one. Macs can be infected.

The internet is a wretched hive of scum and villiany—even Mac users must be cautious. You probably don’t have to bother with virus protection software, but it’s never a good idea to install a file if you don’t know where it came from or what it’s doing.

Truefire's avatar

Avast is good.

Naked_Whale_Tamer's avatar

I don’t use anti-virus software on my Windows, Macs or Linux systems but I always run as a user with no admin privileges.

If I need to alter the system or install known software (e.g., software that I just purchased or drivers that I downloaded from the manufacturers site), then I have to enter my admin password but no software can surreptitiously alter my system.

To mitigate the chances of being infected, always run as a non-privileged user, even though it can be a pain at times when you have to enter your password a few dozen times.

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