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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jan 11, 2011
    Unhappy Adware & Spyware
    Hi, Can anybody recommend the best Adware or Spyware programs for my iMac. I think I at have least picked up adware or spyware from some site.
    I am running Bitdefender as a anti-virus program.

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    John T's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 06, 2010
    21.5in iMac
    Macs do not get viruses. Trojans have to be installed by the user, so the old adage "never click on anything unknown" is obvious advice.

    So-called anti virus apps such as Bitdefender, Sophos etc are a waste of time and can create more problems than they are supposed to solve and the best place for them is the trash!

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    northrnchimp's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 13, 2010
    rMBP 13 2.5GHz 121GB SSD
    I think I at have least picked up adware or spyware from some site.
    What makes you think this?

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Jun 26, 2011
    City of Angels
    Mac Pro "Harpertown" - 2x 3Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon - 12gb RAM-
    Here is a link with much information for you AndyNZ:

    Sounds like you are a pc user as well, or ex-pc user, so you might want to check out the forum that thread is in if you are new to Macs:

    Btw... I was using BitDefender on my pc until it started acting up, quitting with no notification was the biggest issue. I switched to Webroot which did a great job but it was a bit confusing. And I read that BitDefender 2010 was really bad. I think it didn't play well with Vista, don't know about Windows 7.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Jun 26, 2011
    On Windows and OSX, the computer is only as secure as the nut behind the wheel. If you install crap or pirated software, expect nothing less than problems. If I had to choose between paying for good software without the headaches or random code off the web, I'd just rather not chance the it.

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    hw96Lgb's Avatar
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    Oct 04, 2010
    To get peace of mind, get ClamXav and do a full scan.

    There are almost no viruses for mac at this time.
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