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#1 grandunion23

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 04:34 PM

Hi I have just brought my first ever Imac :blink: I was told at the shop that Imacs do not suffer from viruses spyware or adware and because of this I don`t need any removal tools :wacko: Is this correct? Im guessing not .

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 12:54 AM

yes to an extent. It is true that macs do not suffer near as bad from viruses and malware as windows does, the macintosh OS is far more secure, though not invinincible. On the rare occasion someone gets a virus but it is rare. Im not even aware of any good mac anti virus software off the top of my head, id almost be tempted to wait until i had a problem b4 spendng any money.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 12:04 PM

yes to an extent. It is true that macs do not suffer near as bad from viruses and malware as windows does, the macintosh OS is far more secure, though not invinincible. On the rare occasion someone gets a virus but it is rare. Im not even aware of any good mac anti virus software off the top of my head, id almost be tempted to wait until i had a problem b4 spendng any money.


Thanks Ill wait lets hope forever

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:00 PM

"Macintosh" OSs are not invincible but are a different structure than Windows.
Although firewall software is included in OS software and is pretty good, I would recommend third-party security software ( ClamXAV, Water Roof firewall, a couple titles that come to mind ) that is just as good but will block "phone-home" modules that send your private info to whomever.
Macs are pretty safe from intrusion but are still just a machine and a printer.
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 12:53 AM

By far, the best way to stay safe is to apply your real-life common sense habits to your online life: don't open random, unknown mail, don't rely on questionable sources for software, etc.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 03:19 PM

I've got a couple of macs with nothing on either machine..OS X is one tough nut to crack

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:23 AM

I can recommend you to use firewall. For example ProteMac NetMine. It is good one.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 05:28 PM

:blink: no one uses Virus Barrier?? (best mac antivirus)

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 05:33 PM

No most mac users like me dont use an "mac" anti virus 1. because it costs money 2. you dont need one if you browse safely and know when not to let some thing install 3. because it just slows down the machine. :blink:

part of the reasons macs dont/ are not affected as much as PC's is there are less of them out there than PC's there for you can infect 20,000 PC's but then you can only infect 4,000 macs. Although there are some nasty ones out there. :wacko:

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 07:11 PM

:blink: no one uses Virus Barrier?? (best mac antivirus)


I did for a while. The whole time I used it it didn't detect anything, not one thing. For the amount of money Intego charges for it and it's yearly subscriptions, I concluded that it and any other Mac AV is just a waste of money and system resources.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 07:47 PM

I too used it for a short time all it detected was a WINDOWS trojan that was it and it was in a music file I had from my friend. :wacko: :blink:

Edited by computerxpds, 02 September 2010 - 07:48 PM.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:01 PM

:blink: no one uses Virus Barrier?? (best mac antivirus)


Better than iAntivirus which you also said on the same date in another thread was the best?

"I Found that iAntivirus by PC Tools is the best mac antivirus out here"

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 02:42 PM

Yes, I recommended you install Mac antivirus software. I use Intego Internet Security Barrier x6 and have no problems with it. It is a little pricy, but for me personally, the peace of mind is worth the extra cost. The Mac security situation can only grow worse from here.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/10/new-java-trojan-attacks-mac-os-x-via-social-networking-sites.ars

The other posters in this topic have very good points. Browse safely and be wary of any suspicious looking emails, web pages, and the like. It's critical to be able to spot such threats, with the growing number of social-engineered and phishing attacks out there.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:22 PM

Macs CAN actually get viruses, but rarely. So just in case, I reccomend getting antivirus like norton or AVG.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 09:37 PM

I'm using MacScan and it located and isolated a keylogger spyware item on my machine. Here's a link:

http://macscan.securemac.com/

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