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Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« on: February 15, 2007, 05:35:45 PM »

My mother and sister are Mac users and need  virus protection software to replace their expiring Norton whatever. I would appreciate some suggestions and free is always good!  Grin

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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2007, 05:37:46 PM »

I'm trying out a demo of the Kaspersky product.  I like it quite  bit so far.

But it isn't free after the 30 days expire.
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2007, 06:13:42 PM »

clamXav.

Slow, manual but it works.

(You don't really need an AV program for Mac's as long as you are careful.)

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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007, 06:15:27 PM »

Have heard this one recommended a few times before, have never used it though ... http://www.markallan.co.uk/clamXav/
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007, 06:16:00 PM »

Looks like tdcoly beat me to it. Smiley
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007, 06:16:56 PM »

I'm trying out a demo of the Kaspersky product.  I like it quite  bit so far.

But it isn't free after the 30 days expire.

Umm, point out the products for Mac's. Huh?

I didn't see any on their website.
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007, 06:29:47 PM »

Haven't run AV since Macintosh 9.  Just make sure your firewall is turned on (it is by default) and don't download/click stuff for which you don't know/trust the origin. 

I guess if you're running Office products you still might be susceptible to macro exploits.  I don't even open untrusted Office documents so it's not much concern to me.

Even the much ballyhooed Month of Apple Bugs project didn't find dangerous vulnerabilities.  There's always the "download DMG from random website, mount, click on 'Click Me' and enter admin password' sort of thing.  If you get nailed by one of those... well....   Devil

Never say never.  I'm very careful about what I let into our systems and to date on OSX we've had zero down time due to virus/spyware/trojans/etc.  If the situation ever warrants AV we'll install it in a heartbeat.
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2007, 06:33:34 PM »

Haven't run AV since Macintosh 9.  Just make sure your firewall is turned on (it is by default) and don't download/click stuff for which you don't know/trust the origin. 

I guess if you're running Office products you still might be susceptible to macro exploits.  I don't even open untrusted Office documents so it's not much concern to me.

Even the much ballyhooed Month of Apple Bugs project didn't find dangerous vulnerabilities.  There's always the "download DMG from random website, mount, click on 'Click Me' and enter admin password' sort of thing.  If you get nailed by one of those... well....   Devil

Never say never.  I'm very careful about what I let into our systems and to date on OSX we've had zero down time due to virus/spyware/trojans/etc.  If the situation ever warrants AV we'll install it in a heartbeat.
Sounds like a challenge to me.  Devil
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2007, 06:41:31 PM »

Never say never.  I'm very careful about what I let into our systems and to date on OSX we've had zero down time due to virus/spyware/trojans/etc.  If the situation ever warrants AV we'll install it in a heartbeat.

That's what I meant by being careful.

My older son's photo studio is 100% Mac, both my home computers are Mac's, and we, too, would install AV if a viable threat ever emerged.
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2007, 06:50:10 PM »

Thanks for the replies. I haven't used the Mac os since before the internet came into widespread use, so had no idea of what to expect. I use Avast on my PC and have never had a problem here.
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2007, 07:01:00 PM »

Sounds like a challenge to me.  Devil

Trust me, I thought about it for a couple of minutes before I chimed in on this thread.

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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2007, 07:08:02 PM »

Sounds like a challenge to me.  Devil

Trust me, I thought about it for a couple of minutes before I chimed in on this thread.

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No worries about me, I'm stupid as hell. That Butbackstagethingswerfal sumbitch has shifty eyes though, I'd keep an eye on him.
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2007, 07:13:35 PM »

Sounds like a challenge to me.  Devil

Trust me, I thought about it for a couple of minutes before I chimed in on this thread.

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No worries about me, I'm stupid as hell. That Butbackstagethingswerfal sumbitch has shifty eyes though, I'd keep an eye on him.

I still want one.  I didn't think they needed AV protections, per se.

I'm stupid as hell too, btw.
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2007, 08:22:29 PM »

Me too!! Grin
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Re: Free Anti-Virus for Macs?
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2007, 07:42:35 AM »

No AV software for my Mac.  So far so good, but I am careful with what pr÷˝ I download. Smiley Fingers Crossed
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