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Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 10, 2012 01:47PM
Back in my Plus/512 days we all used Norton's for that pesky something that started with a "w" I think. Do you use any programs for your macs? I know they have been pretty virus free, but....one never knows when a Trojan will strike.
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 10, 2012 01:49PM
You're thinking "Wdef"... it live on 'blank' floppies. Or nVIR.

Not any more. I don't run one. On the Windows machines ? Oh YEAH.
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: kahuna1342
Date: January 10, 2012 01:52PM
Nope. Never have.





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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 10, 2012 01:53PM
yep, that was it wdef! Ditto on PCs
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: volcs0
Date: January 10, 2012 01:53PM
no
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 10, 2012 01:54PM
nope!



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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: MacMission
Date: January 10, 2012 01:56PM
Nope.
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: Z
Date: January 10, 2012 01:59PM
Negatif.
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: pqrst
Date: January 10, 2012 02:03PM
yes. ClamXav
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: January 10, 2012 02:10PM
That there was them OS 9 days.

Nothing now that we have graduated to OS X.

Should've made this a yes or no poll.



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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: January 10, 2012 02:10PM
ClamXav



I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making
him carry me, and yet assure myself and others
that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his
lot by all possible means — except by getting off
his back. - Leo Tolstoy, novelist and Philosopher
(1828-1910)

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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: January 10, 2012 02:35PM
I use the free home use version of Sophos AV on my MacBook. That gets the most exposure to Windows viruses, etc. It has managed to catch one of the OS X trojans in the couple years I have had it on the MB, simplified discarding that for me. Beyond that Sophos has cleaned out a number of PC viruses attached to emails or file downloads. My other Mac's do not have it running on them, I may change that if the distribution of Mac malware increases.
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: JEBB
Date: January 10, 2012 02:53PM
Viruses are a Windows problem, why should I bother?
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: macbeergeek2
Date: January 10, 2012 02:57PM
Not on my Macs at home, but yes on the Macs that I manage at work, but mostly to appease my Windows-centric IT dept. Used to use ClamXav, but my IT folks recenetly asked me to test out ESET NOD32, which is what they switched all the Windows boxes to. I originally found it to be more intrusive than ClamXav, doing scans at all hours of the workday, even to the point of bogging down my dual 3ghz Quad-Core Mac Pro. I still have not deployed it to my staff.

For my Mac consulting customers who are overly paranoid, I generally install ClamXav for them.



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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: rz
Date: January 10, 2012 03:08PM
no. If/when there's ever more than just a handful of malware out there for OSX, I might consider it. But I've never even been tempted to use anything. What's the point?
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: Linda2
Date: January 10, 2012 03:19PM
No.
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: onthedownlow
Date: January 10, 2012 03:52PM
Yes, same reasons and scenarios as JoeH (Sophos).

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JoeH
I use the free home use version of Sophos AV on my MacBook. That gets the most exposure to Windows viruses, etc. It has managed to catch one of the OS X trojans in the couple years I have had it on the MB, simplified discarding that for me. Beyond that Sophos has cleaned out a number of PC viruses attached to emails or file downloads. My other Mac's do not have it running on them, I may change that if the distribution of Mac malware increases.



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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: January 10, 2012 03:56PM
I have a virus protection on my keyboard and monitor.



!#$@@$#!

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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 10, 2012 04:23PM
Already running a great anti virus app: OS X.





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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: January 10, 2012 04:49PM
no



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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: kj4btkljv
Date: January 10, 2012 04:50PM
I've got ClamXav installed, but can't remember the last time I ran a scan with it.

Jeff
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: bwicklander
Date: January 10, 2012 05:53PM
I used Virex in the 90s - It caught one worm back in 1997 (macaddict disc?).

Nothing since.... My father installed Nortons on the iMac because Comcast told him that he had to do it. What a PITA piece of software.
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: January 10, 2012 06:17PM
No.

And virus/trojan/worm-free since switching to Mac OS X in March 2001.
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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: wickedsteve
Date: January 10, 2012 08:19PM
Only in BootCamp.
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No.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 10, 2012 09:05PM
I had a near brush with Sendust[ (?) or something like that when MacAddict or Macworld pressed a disc with the worm inside.

Never loaded it; they send a clean disc, no problems.






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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: January 10, 2012 11:01PM
Mac OS X.
Best. Antivirus. Ever.



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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: January 11, 2012 04:52AM
No.

I don't have anything that runs MacOS 8 or 9, nor System 0-7.

MacOS X is Unix.

If I ever run VmWare/BootCamp/Parallels/Fusion and some flavor of Windows, then I will have something for Windows, only.



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Re: Do you use an Anti-virus program on your Macs?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 11, 2012 09:59AM
I've tried Intego and ESET [www.eset.com]
but neither have ever discovered anything on 6 TB of old and new data, and they
slow the machine down when set to examine every webpage, every new file (every cookie, etc.)

Worthless...

The only thing I use now is MacScan - which was free during a special offer (and it updates and sends
me a receipt for $0) - but it just looks for tracking cookies (as I have it set) and removes them,
and only runs when I launch it 2x a week. 3 mins and it's done. (Longer if you've never cleared
cookies or had a reason to reset Safari... maybe 20 minutes).

Example... I went to PepBoys.com to look at tires, and every site afterwards for 3 days, the ads on
the right where ads for PepBoys tire deals. Really pissed me off, actually. The blacklist was updated
that week, and MacScan removed that b@stard and I was free of it.

the only way I would ever run a permanent version on a Windows install would be if it were done via
BootCamp. Not on a virtual machine. I keep "virgin installs" - so if I did happen to get a virus on a
virtual machine... who cares? Throw it away - and open up the virgin install that's zipped and always
ready to extract like a clean piece of paper.



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