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  1. #1

    Member Since
    May 04, 2014
    Ain't-Virus Protection
    I'm new to macbook just having bought my first MacBook Pro having converted from a windows laptop.

    Do I need to run and antivirus program, if so which is a suggested program.

    In the past I have used Kaspersky.

    If this has been discussed before I am sorry, but I could not find anything

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Dec 17, 2008
    Anti-virus on a Mac
    I wouldn't bother - there may be one or two viruses that would work on a Mac, but I haven't seen any reports of them. I know people will say it is important, but the anti-virus programs really stop viruses that only work on a Windows machine. I haven't heard of any serious threats for a Mac or Ubuntu machine. There are literally millions of varieties of viruses that infect Windows computers.

    Rule number 1: Keep a Time Machine automatic backup in case you click on a really bad email link.
    There is no rule number two.

    The problem with installing an anti-virus program is that it has to look at every file that is opened BEFORE you see the file, so it can check to see if it has bad code attached. This can really slow down your computer. Apple has included code in its recent versions to avoid being infected with viruses and it seems to work. I haven't heard of any infected 10.9 computers, other than Kaspersky testing. The anti-virus programs that are available will catch and report on WINDOWS viruses. You may be able to help the Windows world by not forwarding emails with Windows viruses attached, but you won't do much for your Mac computer, besides slowing it down.

    I support many PCs running Windows 7, XP, W-8, and many Macs. The Macs really do not need my support as they just work. I just make sure they are updated with the most current Apple Versions. Apple is very good at fixing problems before they become serious problems in the wild.

    I am sure that many people will respond differently. These are just my experiences in my work as a support tech. Windows (and Android) MUST have good anti virus (I recommend Avast Free), but it's not a real-world problem with Mac 10.9 and IOS, in my experience.

  3. #3

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    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    There are no Mac OS X viruses ~ not even one or two.

    The very rare malware threats are overcome by safe browsing practices, never divulging your password and keeping the operating system up to date with Software Updates.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  4. #4

    Member Since
    May 04, 2014
    Thanks HarryB

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    Member Since
    Jan 19, 2008
    houston texas
    09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
    I have been surfing without fear on Mac's for years with no problems but I also make sure I check any and everything before I type my password in.

  6. #6

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    May 04, 2014
    Thanks OSXX


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    Apr 30, 2012
    Wales, UK
    I Mac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 24GB ram. MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.5GHz dual-core Intel i5 16GB ram

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