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Does anyone run a anti-virus program and if so what one
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My best guess as to percentages.

Those on this forum with over 500 posts - 90-95% do not use an a-v app.
Those who have been using OS X for 3 years or longer - most likely to recommend you do not put one of those apps in OS X.


Those on this forum with under 100 posts - 50% of those that post in these threads will recommend you use an a-v app.
Those who have been using OS X for less than 1 year - most likely to recommend an a-v app.

Those who have been using OS X for 5-10 years or longer - most likely to cower in fear at the mention of putting an a-v app on their machine.
Don't know that we have anyone here in this class that uses an a-v.

I am in the first group and definitely recommend you do not install an a-v app in OS X until such time as there are any virii in the wild. If you install Windows on your Mac, then you'll need an a-v program there same as any other Windows machine.

Percentage of users reporting issues with their a-v program vs users reporting finding virii/trojans/spyware/malware on their Mac in OS X - about 9:1.

The first post in the following thread is just as valid today as the day it was written and provides you with all the info you need to make a decision as to whether you want to use one or not.

The Official Mac AntiVirus and Firewall FAQ

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In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
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any thoughts with malware or does it fall under an a-v program
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any thoughts with malware or does it fall under an a-v program
Don't download anything illegally and you should be fine.

I have not had any troubles with malware, viruses etc. since I have used OSX.

Then again, I never acquired anything on Windows.

Remember, safe browsing/downloading will do you better than any anti-virus.
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The same for malware - for the best two pages in the thread above, I would suggest all the new folks to OS X read posts 309-321 and 329-334. Pay particular attention to cwa107's posts there. They will answer many questions.

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Stay away from pornography and illegal torrents will pretty much guarantee that you are safe from any possible threats.


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