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#1 Masonw123

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 06:36 AM

Hello I was wondering i need virus protection for my mac system

 here is my system

 

Model Name: iMac

  Model Identifier: iMac16,2

  Processor Name: Intel Core i5

  Processor Speed: 3.1 GHz

  Number of Processors: 1

  Total Number of Cores: 4

  L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB

  L3 Cache: 4 MB

  Memory: 16 GB

  Boot ROM Version: IM162.0207.B20

  SMC Version (system): 2.32f20

  Serial Number (system): D25R40RQGG7F

  Hardware UUID: A6E5B9D3-F53E-51F8-B6AC-42F37E7A15E6

 



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#2 sflatechguy

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:22 PM

Macs tend not to need AV software -- not because they can't be infected, but because Windows is the prevalent OS and so hackers tend to target it. However, with the iPhone becoming the standard for cell phones, that's bound to change.

 

Your Mac is only a few years old, and I assume it's running Sierra? If you are concerned about viruses and trojans, http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/mac-software/best-mac-antivirus-2017-3637103/



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:10 AM

thanks for advice I bought ESET cyber security pro



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Posted 15 October 2017 - 11:20 AM

Thanks for that advice. I am just getting into Apple and have wondered about AV also. I will be getting mac 1st gen desktop and am sure I will have a few questions. Thanks 



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:05 PM

Macs tend not to need AV software -- not because they can't be infected, but because Windows is the prevalent OS and so hackers tend to target it. However, with the iPhone becoming the standard for cell phones, that's bound to change.

 

Your Mac is only a few years old, and I assume it's running Sierra? If you are concerned about viruses and trojans, http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/mac-software/best-mac-antivirus-2017-3637103/

Yes, it's Sierra. we have the same specs. Thanks for sharing that info. I was also wondering about that. 



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Posted 21 December 2017 - 08:39 PM

Mostly Malware problems.

I've installed every known virus./troian and bug you can get for them in up through the 2010 mark.

There are a couple that are treacherous and severely harmful or could leave you with a boat anchor... There is a new Malware/Adware that can do the same thing. Mac Bugs really need to be installed, be that a browser extension, or a download.

Most bugs a cache clean and browser clean will eliminate - the others that are installed, most of them you just move out of their installed location or delete them.

This is not to say that there can't be, or that clever people in the future can't figure out how to.

Generally speaking, if you have suspicions, run things through virustotal.com, although that is not fool proof, it's a level of comfort.

Installing virus and such programs on your computer is usually working against you with a couple exceptions, one being Malwarebytes.



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:06 PM

Ive used macs over 25 years. I've never paid for anti virus protection. I use the free options. many hard core mac users will argue it's not needed. as the mac gets more popular this may change. malwarebytes free edition is a good program to use on mac and windows.






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