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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.
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You don't need one.

As long as you don't download and install random stuff from untrusted sources, you got a better chance of winning the Illinois state lottery then getting a virus that effects a Mac..


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Yea but lets say I wanted one.
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I am running a new OS and want to keep everything running this fast.

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No antivrus software is going to assist with that in any operating system.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
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Can you just recommend a preventative antivirus? I can call Apple but this is easier.
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As far as I am aware, none of the long time members here use an antivirus with OS X. So, getting one of us to recommend one... Since none of us have actually tested any of them, nor in fact even have one installed... it's pretty hard to recommend something we have never used.

Have a read here and for some actual testing see here - the latter the best place to get your info related to OS X vulnerabilities currently. You could take particular notice of:

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However, it is important to keep in mind that Mac OS X already does an admirable job of protecting against malware. At this time, there is no known malware capable of infecting a Mac running a properly-updated version of Mac OS X 10.6 or later, with all security settings left at the default (at a minimum).

And the mere act of running a full time a/v on your machine is going to slow it down - some of them more than others - defeating the purpose you stated for wanting one.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
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ClamXAv if you insist!

http://www.clamxav.com/
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I am running a new OS and want to keep everything running this fast.
If you install antivirus (which is unnecessary)...you will actually slow your computer down (anti-virus programs run in the background using system resources).

You've been warned. Go ahead & install it and learn the hard way. Then you'll be back asking how to uninstall the antivirus app you were so keen on installing.

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Look I'm trying to be discreet. Something that can pick it up beforehand. Clam XAV did not pick up everything...
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ClamXAV picks up everything that will affect OSX. if you are talking Windows virus's, since they will not run on OSX, do you really care?
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Look I'm trying to be discreet. Something that can pick it up beforehand. Clam XAV did not pick up everything...
Sorry. Looks like you're going to have to learn the hard way!

We've had lots of these antivirus discussions...we are not covering "new ground". If you want anti-virus on your computer...it is certainly your decision & choice. We are just trying to make you the beneficiary of our knowledge & experience.

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Ok well what screwed me last time was installing stuff from unidentified developers. Changing my security settings.

What do you think of this? Third download from the bottom?

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Yes I understand if I keep the garden closed I'm good. But I need to get some work done today.

Thanks not trying to be condescending.
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Even if the program is not malicious in its nature it opens holes, correct?

So an antivirus would be desirable? Right?
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Look I ran clamxav it picked up some stuff. Then after the fact the files were altered on my computer.

There are two possibilities here
1. I'm psychotic
2. My mac had a virus clam missed
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So an antivirus would be desirable? Right?
Are we in the same thread?? I think that question was answered multiple times above.

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- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery

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