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Do we need AV software??
kunzie 
2/8/08 10:09:22 AM
Titan

I've been reading reports lately that Mac machines are becoming the target of more and more virus attacks. Should I be invested in pursuing the need for AV software, or hang up my spurs on the firewall that is built in to the modem/router?

I've often thought (from Mac users' opinions) that Macs where impervious to virus attacks.... hmmm?

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TinBane 
2/8/08 10:34:57 AM
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Not impervious, but no viruses (in the true sense of the word, so that doesn't include malicious applications you run by choice).

The best defense for windows or mac, is being a smart downloader.

AV software is a good option, at least for protecting windows machines you send files to. It's can't really hurt, unless you need the small number of cycles and RAM it chews up having active protection.

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kunzie 
3/8/08 4:19:42 AM
Titan

What are the top ones for Mac?

I don't use Windows anymore.

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TinBane 
4/8/08 12:26:01 AM
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:/ not really sure. Not symantec, and avast has some issues.

ClamXav is pretty good, by all accounts :)

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kunzie 
4/8/08 11:07:42 AM
Titan

I'm giving ClamXav a shot. Seems incredibly resource hungry (not a good thing on a MBP sitting idle @ 53'C), but it seems that if I'm smart about what I download, it shouldn't be a problem anyway.

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Friml 
7/8/08 2:10:51 AM
Guru

cheers for this thread.

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lunchbox1988 
7/8/08 8:16:27 AM
Guru

Steve Jobs will be upset about this new onslaught of iViruses.

Soon people will start iHacking your machines and take your iMoney.

But seriously, I would invest in AV software regardless of my machine type, linux, windows or Mac, it is just better to be safe than sorry.

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Athiril 
7/8/08 11:00:41 PM
Titan

Funny, all the other software on the ClamAV engine is extremely efficient and fast.

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hoppy02 
8/8/08 3:59:24 PM
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Hey did you end up going with AV ?

My wife has a Mac Book and I have been lookig at putting something on there justto be on the safe side.

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kunzie 
13/8/08 9:38:10 PM
Titan

I used it once to scan, but am not bothering with leaving it running in the background.

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Mael 
13/8/08 10:02:40 PM
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The biggest threat will come from clicking on something you shouldn't whilst surfing.

An effective way to avoid this type of accident is to use a plugin like NoScript with Firefox. it's not as inconvenient as you might imagine.

http://noscript.net/

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