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Hopefully, this time I will get a response. I just bought the new white Macbook 2.0ghz and was wondering to start off with, what are some free virus protections I should download from download.com or buy? Is there any software I should download to start off with on my new Macbook since I just converted from a PC? If someone could help me out, this will be greatly appreciated.
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The Mac OS X, from what I've been told and read, doesn't really need any anti-virus. Most viruses are meant for Windows files, not OS X. I don't have one on my computer and I've been fine for the past 8 months.

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Hopefully, someone will help me on this one...as I've written from before, I recently converted from a PC to a Macbook as of last week. Are there any virus protection softwares that any of you recommend that I should download ( e.g. from download.com ) Or any other software? If any of you could help, this will greatly be appreciated.
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... The overwhelming majority of us will recommend you not put any anti-virus app on your Mac since there are, at this time, zero viruses in existence that can affect your Mac. You can read more in the following link:

The Official Mac AntiVirus and Firewall FAQ

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... The overwhelming majority of us will recommend you not put any anti-virus app on your Mac since there are, at this time, zero viruses in existence that can affect your Mac. You can read more in the following link:

The Official Mac AntiVirus and Firewall FAQ
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hey most viruses affect win not macs. But some viruses are there when you download some software from piratebay or some illegal sofwares. if you want antis then i would recommend you to use the free anti virus ClamXav. You may also use I antivirus. Or buy Intego Virus Barrier. These are my recommendations. Don't worry about getting virus on a mac.
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Thank you for the response. If you hadn't noticed, there was a thread titled " Virus Protection," please ignore that. I thought this thread didn't go through before.
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This was very helpful. Thank you.
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hey most viruses affect win not macs. But some viruses are there when you download some software from piratebay or some illegal sofwares. if you want antis then i would recommend you to use the free anti virus ClamXav. You may also use I antivirus. Or buy Intego Virus Barrier. These are my recommendations. Don't worry about getting virus on a mac.
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Cool apps that I use:

Quicksilver (better and easier than Spotlight), AppCleaner (to completely uninstall and delete unwanted apps), iShowU (screen recording), Journler (journal), Cha-Ching (money management), Audacity (free sound/music manipulation app), VMWare Fusion (if you use Boot Camp), CyberDuck (FTP client)... it depends on what you want to do with your computer. If you go to macupdate.com you'll find all kinds of apps (freeware, shareware, demo and premium) that you can try.
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I'd say that on top of the fancy applications that I have, maintenance applications are critical to the health of your Mac as well. The applications that I recommend are:

1. AppFresh [Third Party, Free.]
2. OnyX [Thirty Party, Free.]

These applications should keep your Mac at a tip-top condition.
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i have just bought an imac 24",and must admit i feel a bit vunrable with no anti virus, as i have been a pc user for 14-15 years, however i have read these forums for the last few weeks and i have decided to go with the flow and follow these learned people's advice and leave anti virus alone,or until it has been proved that some virus's are now coming over to the mac platform.
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i have just bought an imac 24",and must admit i feel a bit vunrable with no anti virus, as i have been a pc user for 14-15 years, however i have read these forums for the last few weeks and i have decided to go with the flow and follow these learned people's advice and leave anti virus alone,or until it has been proved that some virus's are now coming over to the mac platform.
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Dont forget about a firewall though. That's still needed.

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