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Anti-virus - which are good/bad?

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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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according to apple, an antivirus app isn't needed, but I use one anyway. ClamXav. it's free.
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Barely any virus' for mac = no real need for an anti virus XD

just be careful
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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!

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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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