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AV for Mac - Can YOU answer these unanswered questions?


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#1 Brawdy14

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 06:13 AM

Hi.  :hello: 

Good article here on whether or not one needs anti-virus software on an Apple Mac nowadays:-

https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-software/do-macs-get-viruses-do-macs-need-antivirus-software-3454926/?lf-content=165511223%3A768909860&hubRefSrc=facebook

 

In the comments area after the article, David Brooks comments and poses these questions:-
 

Btw, ClamXAV is *NOT* free!

Tell me, how can one be sure that if one downloads the "free trial" and installs the software, one isn't, in fact, loading malware ON to one's Apple computer?

Who checks to make sure that this doesn't happen?

The user of the computer might well remain totally unaware that anything may be amiss. 

Something to think about!

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Edited by britechguy, 06 February 2018 - 10:51 AM.
Moved back to Mac OS from AV/AM Software as OSX is and Mac software of any type is not generally discussed there.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:20 PM

Btw, ClamXAV is *NOT* free!

 

 

I believe ClamXav was free formerly.  It was, IIRC a simple Mac front end for the ClamAV open source anti virus engine.  I think it was mainly an on demand scanner - I don't recall it offering any real time protection.  It looks like the developers have decided to convert it to a commercial product now.

 

Tell me, how can one be sure that if one downloads the "free trial" and installs the software, one isn't, in fact, loading malware ON to one's Apple computer?
 
Who checks to make sure that this doesn't happen?
 
The user of the computer might well remain totally unaware that anything may be amiss.

 

 

Yes, firstly you'd have to decide on whether you trust the source. Is it downloaded from a reputable website?  Has the product been reviewed?  Fake AV software, has certainly been used as an attack method in the Windows world for a long time.  Often installed as a result of users clicking on misleading browser popups, or through downloading from malicious or compromised websites.
 
Who checks?  Computer security is ultimately your own responsibility.  Don't download and install things from shady sources!  That applies as much to Mac users as anyone else.  You can upload any file to double check to sites like VirusTotal which quickly scan it with tens of different AV engines.  It's not just Windows malware they can detect, some engines will find Linux, Mac, even Amiga based nasties...

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:51 PM

I would probably go for avast myself as it does offer a free flavor on OSX

 

But in general OSX is mostly immune to windows viruses 

 

Sure OSX has viruses too but not nearly as common in the wild.

 

It will be more prone to browser hijacks but even that can be circumvented with smart browsing habits.


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 07:48 AM

Hi.  :hello: 

Good article here on whether or not one needs anti-virus software on an Apple Mac nowadays:-

https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-software/do-macs-get-viruses-do-macs-need-antivirus-software-3454926/?lf-content=165511223%3A768909860&hubRefSrc=facebook

 

 

 

Interesting read. Thank you for posting.  :thumbsup2:


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 01:15 PM

 

Hi.  :hello: 

Good article here on whether or not one needs anti-virus software on an Apple Mac nowadays:-

https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-software/do-macs-get-viruses-do-macs-need-antivirus-software-3454926/?lf-content=165511223%3A768909860&hubRefSrc=facebook

 

 

 

Interesting read. Thank you for posting.  :thumbsup2:

 

 

 

You're welcome!  :)






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