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I was wondering what the best antivirus for Mac is as far as preventative.

I am running a new OS and want to keep everything running this fast.

Thanks for input.

You may check with Quick Heal AV, Just now I have installed same and working OK,


All saying that there is no need for AV but its fake,

Cheers!

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Are we in the same thread?? I think that question was answered multiple times above.

- Nick
Yea we are.

My only question is why are these experts oblivious to the fact that Macs do get viruses, and when they do they are more difficult to remove than a Windows based operating system?

I'll call Apple well worth whatever they charge.
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IF there were ever a virus to hit the Mac OS world...Apple would jump on it so fast it would make your head spin. Also, the word about such a virus would spread so quickly through forums like this one that chances of picking it up are very slim...it would truly be headline news. Macs can pick up malware and trojans, but with sensible, safe surfing that can be easily avoided. Stay away from torrents and porn sites. Malware and trojans are NOT viruses.
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There are no TRUE Virus's for OSX. Malware yes but very little and if you are even the least bit careful will not get one. AV Apps don't all deal well with Malware, just true Virus's.

You can Try AntiVir for OSX. Maybe that will impress you. It's what I use on Windows and it goes off almost daily.
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Flashback Trojan Persists for Macs, Contaminating Unabatedly - FIGHTERtools
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Yea we are.

My only question is why are these experts oblivious to the fact that Macs do get viruses...
What are they...name them. I would sure like to know what they are!

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...and when they do they are more difficult to remove than a Windows based operating system?
Where did you hear this?...sounds like you're a "Mac virus expert". If this is the case...why did you start this thread??

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I'll call Apple well worth whatever they charge.
Lots of luck...and a waste of money. You'll end up with "MacKeeper" installed on your computer. Then you'll REALLY be sorry!!!

As I mentioned before. We are just trying to make you the beneficiary of our knowledge and experience. Seems you are choosing to ignore this. Some folks really do need to learn the hard way!

Lots of luck,

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I haven't been visiting sketchy sites...I'm pretty smart.

Anyways I'm gonna install this. If it happens again we'll have to get ip logs.
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Where did you hear this?...sounds like you're a "Mac virus expert". If this is the case...why did you start this thread??
I heard this from someone who works in the industry...I'll take his word.
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That is Malware and not a true Virus. There is a difference and I know of no one with OSX including people that do warez and torrents and porn who have ever gotten that Flashback Malware.
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Which AV you installing?

The one I just recommended looks good.
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That is Malware and not a true Virus. There is a difference and I know of no one with OSX including people that do warez and torrents and porn who have ever gotten that Flashback Malware.
Well most hackers will not let you know you are compromised...kind of defeats the purpose.

Thanks for the rec about to download it.
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I haven't been visiting sketchy sites...I'm pretty smart.

Anyways I'm gonna install this. If it happens again we'll have to get ip logs.
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I heard this from someone who works in the industry...I'll take his word.
I'm still not sure why you started this thread...since it seems that you are refusing to follow the collective expertise of everyone here. Which BELIEVE ME...far exceeds any knowledge this "someone who works in the industry" has.

And remember...our knowledge is Apple/Macintosh specific. A person who is a Windows expert will have completely different advice.

And if this "someone who works in the industry". is so trusted by you...why didn't you just ask them "what the best antivirus for Mac is as far as preventative??"

Again...good luck!

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If you want to run A/V for peace of mind, by all means please do so. It is your machine and you are free to do with it as you please. Note though that when looking for protection, it is important to be clear on the language. If a piece of software claims to protect against computer viruses for your Mac, you ought to question their claims as no viruses exist. That said, various forms of malware do and if a developer is smart enough to know this distinction, then you can safely assume that they are at least informed about the Mac "malware landscape."

I, like others, can not recommend any A/V as I don't use any. Consequently, my only advice would be to do some research before installing anything. Try to cut through the zealotry on both sides and make an informed decision. You'll also want to weigh the pros and cons - is the added layer of possible security worth the performance hit?

As for the installation of software and the flaws that come with it, I'd encourage you to perhaps let that fear go. When you work with a computer, you're working with software (an obvious point about the inevitable). The best you can do is use reputable software and make regular use of the updating functionality built-in (if it's present).

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If you want to run A/V for peace of mind, by all means please do so. It is your machine and you are free to do with it as you please. Note though that when looking for protection, it is important to be clear on the language. If a piece of software claims to protect against computer viruses for your Mac, you ought to question their claims as no viruses exist. That said, various forms of malware do and if a developer is smart enough to know this distinction, then you can safely assume that they are at least informed about the Mac "malware landscape."

I, like others, can not recommend any A/V as I don't use any. Consequently, my only advice would be to do some research before installing anything. Try to cut through the zealotry on both sides and make an informed decision. You'll also want to weigh the pros and cons - is the added layer of possible security worth the performance hit?

As for the installation of software and the flaws that come with it, I'd encourage you to perhaps let that fear go. When you work with a computer, you're working with software (an obvious point about the inevitable). The best you can do is use reputable software and make regular use of the updating functionality built-in (if it's present).
Well there is no update on this..no clear way to uninstall it either. Anyways thanks for the thought out response. I have so much work to do.
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No update on Antivir or something else? If you pay for Antivir it scans for all malware.

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