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Old 03-09-2012, 02:05 AM
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Antivirus Software?

I've always been a Windows user but I recently got a MacBook Pro. "Everyone" says that I don't need to run antivirus or malware software. True? If not, what do you recommend?

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Old 03-09-2012, 08:11 AM
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I've always been a Windows user but I recently got a MacBook Pro. "Everyone" says that I don't need to run antivirus or malware software. True? If not, what do you recommend?

Thanks for your help.
Vla, there are different opinions on this. A Mac is less prone to getting a virus because more viruses and malware are designed for Windows computers but that is not to say that a MAC cannot get a virus. No OS, Mac, Windows, Linux, etc is 100% immune from getting an infection. It is just that there are far more Windows computers on the net than anything else so they are the primary target.
I believe it is a good idea to install antivirus software on any OS that will be connected to the internet.

You can download ClamXav is a free virus scanner for Mac OS. X http://www.markallan.co.uk/clamXav/

You also want to enable the Firewall. See this link http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1810
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:04 AM
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Considering one of the first computer viruses was written for an Apple, the claims that Apple machines are immune is pretty much horse fodder, or in this case, elk fodder. The name of the virus was "Elk Cloner" and displayed a message to the user on every 50th boot. It was a boot sector virus passed using infected floppies. Would you rather have an anti virus and anti malware program and not need them. Or would you rather go without them and be stuck when you do need them and not have them. Pretty much a no brainer.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:00 PM
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http://mac-antivirus-software-review...h-viruses.html

http://mac-antivirus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/ some reviews to read. Not pushing the paid for variety, posted the link for you to read the reviews.
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Enjoy your new MacBook Pro, those applications Sunny suggested should take care of you just fine. I'm trying Linux and liking it..
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Enjoy your new MacBook Pro, those applications Sunny suggested should take care of you just fine. I'm trying Linux and liking it..
What flavor of Linux are you using Hogndog?
We run a few at work. Xubuntu is not bad.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:53 PM
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Wow. I didn't realize I needed the firewall either!! When I asked at the Apple store about running malware/virus protection programs I was told I didn't need them. It also would have been nice, when I was asking all my questions, if they had at least mentioned the firewall. I love my Mac, but going from Windows to Mac is a big adjustment!

Thank you for all the information. I have turned on the firewall and will make sure I install an antivirus program immediately.

You guys are awesome! THANKS!!
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Your welcome, enjoy.. lets start a thread over yonder in Linux Sunny..
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Wow. I didn't realize I needed the firewall either!! When I asked at the Apple store about running malware/virus protection programs I was told I didn't need them. It also would have been nice, when I was asking all my questions, if they had at least mentioned the firewall. I love my Mac, but going from Windows to Mac is a big adjustment!

Thank you for all the information. I have turned on the firewall and will make sure I install an antivirus program immediately.

You guys are awesome! THANKS!!
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