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    virus protection
    What is the best anti virus S/W

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    Wow this has been asked literally thousands of times and the answer never changes:-


    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/sec...rotection.html
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    If you feel you really need such software:

    ClamXav and use its watched folders setup for email and downloads etc.

    Get it from their site and not from the App Store which doesn't include the ClamXav Sentry addition.
    ClamXav

    Or maybe the free sophos software:
    Mac Antivirus | Free Antivirus for Mac Tool Download | Sophos

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    The only Anti virus that we suggest if you ABSOLUTELY need one is ClamXav..
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    Avoid Sophos like the black plague!

    Slow slow slow.
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    Thread moved to better area.

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    HELLO!!
    Seriously, please do a search before asking questions. Especially about things like virus and malware.
    Now back to my deep hole and cookies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cradom View Post
    Now back to my deep hole and cookies.
    Wow. At least you got cookies!

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    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
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    Unfortunately they have to be sugar free
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    Quote Originally Posted by cradom View Post
    Unfortunately they have to be sugar free
    That stinks!

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    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - 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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    Had a 20-something co-worker who was laughing about the claim that Macs don't get viruses yesterday. I calmly said, "No, that's true, because there aren't any." He wasn't buying it. Sheesh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Had a 20-something co-worker who was laughing about the claim that Macs don't get viruses yesterday. I calmly said, "No, that's true, because there aren't any." He wasn't buying it. Sheesh!
    I assuming this person was a Windows user. Yes...this person is probably so used to the problems Windows users have with viruses...that it's probably a too good to be true situation (to them). And...this person is probably so wrapped up in the belief that...Windows = Good...and Mac's = Bad...that they don't even do the research to investigate the Mac's & viruses situation.

    It's like someone saying...I'll trade you my $50 dollar bill for your $10 dollar bill (real money). This person is probably thinking...How can it be possible that Mac's don't have a virus problem...and my beloved Windows has all sorts of virus problems (or potential problems)??

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - 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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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    I assuming this person was a Windows user.
    He's kind of the company computer guru for anything the tech consultant is not needed for. The company has Windows 8. I assume that he uses it on his personal computer at home. He said he used Macs in school, but never liked them. So, you can lead a brainwashed Windows user to a better OS, but...

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    Well bet him a night on the town he cannot find any OS X viruses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Well bet him a night on the town he cannot find any OS X viruses.
    Depending on how you define "virus", you might lose that bet.

    There are no viruses (defined as self-propagating malware) in the wild for the Macintosh.

    However, if you use the term "virus" to refer to all malware (as most Windows users do), then your co-worker is absolutely correct. While the amount of malware for the Mac isn't in the same ballpark as for Windows (roughly about 30 mostly innocuous or extinct examples for the Mac, compared to well over a million for Windows), it definitely exists. Here is a meticulously and constantly updated list:
    The Safe Mac : Mac Malware Guide

    Here is a thoughtful article about folks who go around saying that there "are no viruses for the Macintosh":
    The Safe Mac Ľ “There are no Mac viruses”

    As for the "best" anti-virus software for the Macintosh, there are multiple ways to rate such software. If you rate it by how effective it is at detecting known malware for the Macintosh, you can do this objectively because Thomas Reed yearly does a huge comparison test of all of the programs available. Here are the results of the latest test:
    The Safe Mac Ľ Mac anti-virus testing 2014
    You can download the results and study them more closely, as a PDF file:
    http://www.thesafemac.com/downloads/...sults_2014.pdf

    However, another factor to consider is that all of the fully interactive anti-virus software programs have, at one time or another, been implicated with causing nasty software conflicts, slowdowns, rotating beachballs that are persistent, etc. Since OS X includes its own (non-publicized) anti-virus software:

    XProtect/File Quarantine
    File Quarantine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    OS X: About the "Are you sure you want to open it?" alert (File Quarantine / Known Malware Detection)

    Third party commercial anti-virus software may be more trouble than its worth.

    Most Macintosh users do completely without any sort of anti-virus software, yet you almost never hear of an actual first-person believable account of a Mac user becoming infected with malware. (I include the term "believable" because many users, especially new switchers from Windows, automatically blame any problem on "a virus", even though that is almost never the actual cause of their problem.)

    The choice to use or not use anti-virus software is up to you. You may want to read through:
    The Safe Mac Ľ Mac Malware Guide
    Which is a Web site written and hosted by someone not in the anti-virus software industry, so the information there tends to be reliable.

    I can tell you that I've used one of the top-rated anti-virus (AV) programs, Intego's Virus Barrier, continuously ever since OS X was released, roughly 13 years ago. I use AV software, not because I think that I need it (I don't think that I need it), but because my work requires it. In all that time, my AV software has never flagged anything that I actually needed to be protected from.
    Randy B. Singer

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