07-07-2011, 02:11 AM
Originally Posted by Johnathan.Lyman
It never hurts to have an AntiVirus app running on your machine. Regardless of the fact that it's a mac, it's not bulletproof. Since there are awesome free A/V apps still out there, my personal suggestion in Sophos. I use it on my mac and we use it on our macs as work (the enterprise version, however).
This is so full of wrong I hardly know where to begin.
First, yes it DOES hurt to have an antivirus on your Mac, since there ARE NO MAC VIRUSES.
AntiVirus programs steal resources that are being wasted uselessly, since there ARE NO MAC VIRUSES.
Second of all, YES IT IS TOO BULLETPROOF. As in you aren't going to get a Mac virus, because THERE ARE NO MAC VIRUSES. Sorry, but this point has been repeated (and repeatedly proven) about 10,000 times on this forum alone and yet there are still people like you that don't seem to get it. Hopefully this will help you get it.
There are some "malwares" out there that are looking to scam you, but they are just variants on all the other scareware/trickware scams out there, none of which are platform-specific. They aren't viruses, because words mean things, and they aren't viruses. No Mac "anti-virus" is going to protect you from stuff like that Nigerian prince who wants to give you money, and Apple has already patched the MacDefender trickware, so an anti-virus is IMHO a complete waste of time, money and resources.
Third, Sophos isn't free. Maybe they make a good-for-nothing free trial version, but the only free A/V program for Mac is ClamXAV, and it only exists because there are Windows viruses you could inadvertently pass on to Windows users.