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What antivirus software to use?


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My new iMac will be here in a couple of days. I need to know what anti-virus software is best to use. I will be running Windows XP on my Mac.
Do I buy anti-virus software for Mac or for Windows? And will it cover both? This is all new to me.
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I am more confused now than ever. I had run a search and read most of these posts before. Being a 20 yr. Windows user I am used to anti-virus programs. But when I read they could slow down your Mac or cause an internal panic, or whatever, it makes me very nervous.
And my main question was do I get Windows software or Mac? If I install Mac anti-virus program does it cover Windows as well and If I install Windows anti-virus program does it cover Mac?
This Intel Mac is all new to me.
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For Windows (regardless of whether it's installed on a PC or on a Mac),
you use Windows anti-virus software.

For Mac OS X,
you use Mac OS X anti-virus software.

A lot of people on these forums will probably tell you that anti-virus software for Mac OS X is mostly unnecessary.
And I think so too.

As for Windows anti-virus software, get AVG Free Edition: http://free.grisoft.com/
(Do not buy that slow, resource-hungry hunk of junk Norton.)

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Thank you all. I'm going to try AVG I guess.
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I would recommend Avast antivirus and Zonealarm firewall. They both are free off their websites, and work beautifully. I haven't had a problem with my Windows computer for 2 years with these running. The one year i had Norton Internet Security, i had about 4 crashes.
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I would STRONGLY recommend ClamAV. This free open source AV does a wonderful job. I wish I had kept the article, but a recent news story in the Dallas Morning News (of all places) reported on a "shoot out" amongst AV programs. Only Symantec AV and ClamAV were able to correctly detect all the virus' that were used in the test. That says it all to me.

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for the Mac OS X version. It is available for Mac, PC and of course, Linux (where I believe it got its start).

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i would recommend to lay back and relax...there is no problem on ur mac with viruses...just enjoy it...at least i do!

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There no known Mac viruses.
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