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    mrben2k8's Avatar
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    Jun 10, 2008
    Cheltenham, UK
    17" MacBook Pro Intel i5 2.53GHz, 4GB, 500GB, nVidia GT330m. iPhone 4S 16GB
    Anti-virus - which are good/bad?
    A fairly credible source told me, that there is like barely any virus's for a Mac, well 8 proper ones in fact.....

    I normally use Spybot S&D for my windows machines, and am looking for a good equivalent?

    Free ones would be a bonus....


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    macgig's Avatar
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    Mar 15, 2006
    according to apple, an antivirus app isn't needed, but I use one anyway. ClamXav. it's free.

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    Kaze'aze's Avatar
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    Sep 10, 2008
    15.4" MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 200GB Hard Drive, Leopard
    Barely any virus' for mac = no real need for an anti virus XD

    just be careful

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    mac57's Avatar
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    Apr 29, 2006
    St. Somewhere
    iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD, 8 GB RAM
    Per the above, you don't really need any, but if you do WANT one, Clam AV is a good one. Slow, but good.

    Stay away from ANYTHING Norton. Norton produces the most intrusive, problematic stuff I have ever used. It is too bad to. "Back in the day" when PCs were new and DOS ruled, Norton was absolutely required software - about the only thing that would keep your PC running. These days, Norton has become bloatware, just like the Window OS which it purports to keep safe.

    Mac OS X doesn't really need an AV.

    The above is just my opinion, of course!
    My Macs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz, G4 Cube with 1.2 GHz Upgrade
    My iStuff: 64GB iPhone 5, 64GB iPad4, 30GB iPod Video, 16GB iPod Touch
    My OS': Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Tiger, Mac OS 9.2.2, openSUSE 10.3
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    sniper01a's Avatar
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    Aug 07, 2008
    Central Florida
    Macbook Pro 15.4" 2.4 Ghz, Core 2 duo, 4Gb RAM, 320 GB HD
    Thumbs up Reply: Anti-virus - which are good/bad?
    I've used NetBarrier X5, MacScan, McAfee Virus Shield for Mac and ClamXav and ClamXav is free and seems to work fine. I recommend it. I agree, Never use anything Norton.

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