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  1. #151
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    I have a new MacBook Pro and downloaded 'Bitedefender Virus Scanner' from the Apple Apps Store, runs once a day and automatic updates with current software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murasaki View Post
    I have a new MacBook Pro and downloaded 'Bitedefender Virus Scanner' from the Apple Apps Store, runs once a day and automatic updates with current software.

    You should know that Bit Defender is not a particularly effective anti-virus program. In a recent test, it could only detect 58% of the known active threats that exist for the Macintosh:
    http://www.reedcorner.net/downloads/...sults_2013.pdf

    Though that shouldn't be too big a cause for concern, because at this point in time, no anti-virus software is necessary for the Macintosh. A quote from the Web site cited above:

    "However, it is important to keep in mind that Mac OS X already does an admirable job of protecting against malware. At this time, there is no known malware capable of infecting a Mac running a properly-updated version of Mac OS X 10.6 or later, with all security settings left at the default (at a minimum)."
    The Safe Mac Mac anti-virus testing, part 2

    What I'd worry more about is the performance hit, and possible software conflicts caused by, deeply embedded anti-virus software running that I don't need.
    Randy B. Singer

    Mac OS X Routine Maintenance http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html

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    Thanks for the information about the Bitdefender, as it was Free it is now uninstalled

  4. #154
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    What I'd worry more about is the performance hit, and possible software conflicts caused by, deeply embedded anti-virus software running that I don't need.
    This can't be stated often enough! Thanks once more for the links Randy.

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    Anyone interested in the topic of Mac malware should be interested to know that The Safe Mac Web site has a new URL:

    The Safe Mac

    That their Mac malware catalog (which includes ratings of how dangerous each individual threat is) has continued to be meticulously updated:

    The Safe Mac : Mac Malware Guide

    And there this is a more recent comparison test of all of the available anti-virus software programs for the Macintosh:

    The Safe Mac Mac anti-virus testing, part 2
    Randy B. Singer

    Mac OS X Routine Maintenance http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html

  6. #156
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    Hi, I have been a Mac user only since the new year (2014). I started with a Mac Mini 2008 model and have since upgraded to a new mini. Before I did anything regarding anti virus and other infections I took notice of all remarks on that subject. After due consideration I decided that those who write on this thread know what they are talking about, consequently I have not installed any anti virus software or any other software of that nature. I can say with all honesty that I have not had any trouble at all. So THANK YOU all for the advice. I am a convert to Apple Mac - you can stuff Windows up your jumper, it is not for me! Keith in Derby UK.

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    Just keep up to date with Software Updates sllewk and Windows 7 is okay.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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