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    robhimslf
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    Question Virus Protection For Macs?
    Hello,
    Ever since I bought my imac i've been wondering about viruses, especially since i've been known to download a bunch of stuff including songs. What would be a good virus protector to buy? And is Virex or Virux that comes with the .mac membership any good? Thanks -Rob

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    There are currently zero viruses for OS X so using anti-virus software would be a waste of system resources. Only bother with anti-virus software if you network to windows PCs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgefusion
    There are currently zero viruses for OS X so using anti-virus software would be a waste of system resources. Only bother with anti-virus software if you network to windows PCs.
    exactly, theres also no spyware or adware.

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    Danster
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    No need to buy any virus protection just make sure you have your built in firewall turned on and you've got no worrys :mac:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macman
    exactly, theres also no spyware or adware.
    there is spyware, but not the malicious kind. there are a few companies that make "spyware" to track everything their employees do. example: MonitorXpro

    duplicate thread removed

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    but thats more of monitoring activity, like apple remte desktop, not actually 'spying' on you and recording what you do.

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    I use to scan for viruses, then I thought, what is the point, if there are no mac viruses in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonitorerX Pro website
    MonitorerX Pro records everything each user writes with the keyboard and saves it. This way you can always check what each user was doing (writing) on the computer. Additionally, MonitorerX Pro takes screenshots on user defined intervals so you can view what the users were doing! MonitorerX Pro is running completely in the background, it is invisible in the Finder, Dock, ForceQuit menu and Login Items menu.
    it looks like spyware, smells like spyware and tastes like spyware....... but i would hope the companies that use this have an agreement the user must accept before logging into a system with this installed. i think it might even be a law, but im too lazy to research it :tusks:

    but in either case, it wont magically install like Windows spyware, and as i stated, isnt malicious or self-replicating

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    london99
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macman
    exactly, theres also no spyware or adware.
    Hi Macman,

    I didn't know that i didn't need norton?? Mine was just about to expire and was going to pay to for it to be updated. I thought allcomputers need anti virus software.

    Confused...

    Amanda

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    no norton. in fact, I recommend y ou uninstall it now, its been known and still does cause all sorts of damage, does more harm than good.

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    yea norton has fecked up my pc so many times
    id go for McAfee if you really must that just actually scans and deletes virus' like its supposed to

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    its not necessary to scan for viruses unlesd youre networked to pcs.

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    london99
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macman
    no norton. in fact, I recommend y ou uninstall it now, its been known and still does cause all sorts of damage, does more harm than good.
    wow really? I have had it for a year now..it expires at the end of Jan anyway....why is it on th apple sight that it says to get Virex if macs don't need it? Is it that they just want our hard earned cash?

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    if it hasnt caused problems yet, it will. it damaged my b trees at one time.

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    Gar
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    its so refreshing to hear someone use the word feck on the net! irish??
    i was just looking into antivirus stuff the last day. isnt it a bit dishonest(for lack of a better word..perhaps 'misleading') for norton to actually sell os x anti virus software?

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