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so no need for antivirus for mac?


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Hi

I know this question has been asked already but the answers i'm seeing are not absolute, there are mixed answers.

so what is the definitive answer?

Is it true because mac doesn't have registry hence no need for anti-virus/wares as it means it will never get infected? Or is this an urban myth?

Surely it can get infected via other means? (USB maybe? or simply through browsing ad/spy/mal-war- able websites? (e.g. torrents/porns/gambling etc..)

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If you stay away from pirated software your safe, there are no known viruses to infect the OS X, there are a handful of Trojans but the user has to install the Trojan by supplying their password. An example would be if you downloaded a song that had a Trojan installed it would ask for a password, you would know something is up because songs don't ask for passwords. Anything that can change the OS asks for your password, just use common sense.
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first, sorry for the wrong forum, totally did not know there is a specialised antivirus forum for macs.

secondly, thanks for your reponse. I think i understand you but my only concern is what happens if i donwloaded a rar file of a music album that requires passwords to extract? does that count as trojans?
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You shouldn't be downloading music anyway unless it is from an authorized and legitimate source. If it is from a legitimate source, you have nothing to worry about.

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very true indeed.

To be honest, in reality most people do it, no matter how much effort we try to clamp down on pirate downloading, the trend is that more & more people going to download from unauthorised source

and there's nothing people can do about it
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and there's nothing people can do about it
They could stop?

Honestly, if you're this worried about getting a virus or trojan from downloading content from unauthorized sources, then don't do it. The best way to protect yourself is to prevent partaking in activities that will open you up to threats.

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secondly, thanks for your reponse. I think i understand you but my only concern is what happens if i donwloaded a rar file of a music album that requires passwords to extract? does that count as trojans?
No, because they are not asking for YOUR password (as in admin password), they are asking for A password (that they created).

But I echo the sentiments above. Don't steal music -- not when its so cheap on iTunes particularly!
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PS. You wanted a definitive answer to your original question, so here it is:

NO. There are NO viruses for the Mac. That's definitive, factual and documented.

It is extremely unlikely there will ever be a real virus for the Mac, because viruses by definition have to be able to do things to the system WITHOUT user permission, and that's pretty much impossible on a Mac.

We'll probably see continued examples of "trickware malware" and Trojan Horses, since that's all the poor PC script kiddies can figure out to do, but actual virus threats? Nah.
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To the common user, virus = malware, regardless of type. The average computer user is not going to distinguish between a virus, a trojan, or probably even spyware.

They just refer to them as viruses.

I mean we can play the symantics game all we want by picking apart what a user posts regarding malware and the Mac, but I think we all know what the intent of their question is.

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If you searched and saw there were mixed answers before, what leads you to believe there will be a definitive answer now, just because you would like one?

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To the common user, virus = malware, regardless of type.
Or, perhaps malware = virus

"mathematically" the same, but linguistically different
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Or, perhaps malware = virus

"mathematically" the same, but linguistically different
Thank you for proving my point about being overly concerned with semantics.

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It is extremely unlikely there will ever be a real virus for the Mac, because viruses by definition have to be able to do things to the system WITHOUT user permission, and that's pretty much impossible on a Mac.
Anything is possible especially when it comes to computer software. I'm sure a virus will be written at some point that can circumvent user privilege restrictions. If people can devise the operating system, they can devise a way around it.

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