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Hey guys. Newb here. Whats the best virius protection software I can download for the Mac that is FREE?
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Most people here will tell you that you don't need virus protection.

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Most people here will tell you that you don't need virus protection.
You don't. Most mac anti-virus programs are made to prevent viruses from affecting a windows machine networked to a mac, just in case the Mac downloaded any malicious software.

My point is: If you are not regularly connecting to a network that is primarily composed of windows computers, an anti-virus is useless.
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If you really want one, ClamX. It doesn't even look for viruses for a Mac, since there are none. It will scan for Windows viruses though.


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I connect via wireless networks all the time, does this leave me susceptible to windows stuff?
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Well, you can download the files or get them in e-mail, but they won't do anything to your Mac. You can, however, pass them on to your Windows using friends and co-workers.


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Well, you can download the files or get them in e-mail, but they won't do anything to your Mac. You can, however, pass them on to your Windows using friends and co-workers
that would be fun
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that would be fun
I was going to add that to my post but opted not to.....


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Reminds me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id_kGL3M5Cg (from: http://sp-studio.de/ )

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So would ClamX solve that problem? Plus its free, so i like that..
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Is there a problem though? To pass a virus onto a PC, you'd have to be in possession of an obvious file which would be a virus and send it across to a PC. That person would also have to be pretty dim to open it.

Really you'd need a virus that installed itself without your knowledge and sent itself to another user, either through a network or an OS X email program.

Which is precisely what Windows viruses do and what OS X will not allow.
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i have a mac and i connect to the network at work all the time which is made up of pc's i have the only mac and allt he pcs have antivirus software so i dont see any need for it besides its just another useless application taking up space on my macbook pro hard drive which could be better used for pron or music.
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