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RhysB 02-06-2010 10:37 AM

Just Switch...Need Advice
 
I just switched to mac and was wondering if having antivirus installed is worth it, also is there any free antivirus software you recommend?
Thanks

bobtomay 02-06-2010 10:46 AM

The quick and easy answer is no and no. Check the following thread. The first post is as valid today as it was then.

http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/swi...ewall-faq.html

alexsd123 02-06-2010 11:33 AM

I have one installed on my Mac and I run it once a month or so (when I run OnyX and calibrate my battery).

I only run it because I do not want to pass on a virus or trojan to my Windows buddies (Never had a virus or trojan show up in a scan, though).

As mentioned above, there is no reason to have an AV, this is not Windows.

But if you choose to run one, I would suggest iAntivirus. Just disable it from running on startup and disable auto scans.

mtbinva 02-06-2010 12:39 PM

Trust me, read the aforementioned thread.

wirelessmacuser 02-06-2010 03:19 PM

I'm running Win 7 via Bootcamp only because I have a need to run Outlook for work. Everything else I've found a Mac application for. Believe me I would really like to find an Outlook equivalent but have not so far. Also I have 3,200 contacts, to deal with. To the topic: I would _never_ run an antivirus app on the Mac side, its just not needed. Fear based selling has gotten out of control. There is no need for AV apps on a Mac.

RhysB 02-11-2010 06:33 PM

Thanks for the help guys

Chris H. 02-11-2010 07:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wirelessmacuser (Post 995117)
I'm running Win 7 via Bootcamp only because I have a need to run Outlook for work. Everything else I've found a Mac application for. Believe me I would really like to find an Outlook equivalent but have not so far. Also I have 3,200 contacts, to deal with. To the topic: I would _never_ run an antivirus app on the Mac side, its just not needed. Fear based selling has gotten out of control. There is no need for AV apps on a Mac.

True, however AV's like Norton do monitor for other things like network attack attempts- for lack of a better phrase or word. (ARP Cache Poisoning is one example- I keep finding those in the network activity logs).


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