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Mac Antivirus

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Syndol, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. Syndol

    Syndol Guest

    Could anyone recommend a preferably free antivirus for a mac running on an old OS 10.5.8
    I really just need it to occasionally scan the computer rather than constantly running in the background.
    I know there are a few out there but they all seem to have their downsides so hopefully someone here has some good experience with one product or another. Thanks.
  2. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

  3. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I've been using ClamXav for almost 5 years, never found anything...
  4. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Kaspersky makes one for Apple / Mac OS

    I'd recommend them.
    DarkGizmo likes this.
  5. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Kaspersky isn't free.
  6. Boothby

    Boothby Active Member

  7. Andrej

    Andrej Well-Known Member

  8. Dinh Thanh

    Dinh Thanh Well-Known Member

    Still the right time to get Parallels 8, Mac Antivirus and other softwares in >$500 package with only $50.
    Parallels 8 is worth for this price: www.tinyurl.com/macupdate2013
  9. Syndol

    Syndol Guest

    Thank you guys., Much appreciated.
  10. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    avast! is also very good
  11. Luxus

    Luxus Well-Known Member

    Even if it were, you should stay away from any kaspersky products.
  12. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Um.... No.

    Kaspersky all the way (y)
  13. Sage Knight

    Sage Knight Well-Known Member

    Is Avast really good? I know it's free so I can't complain but I would hate to slow down my uber fast macbook.
  14. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Ummmmm. I wouldn't go THAT far. Scuttlebutt has it that Avast's Germany servers got nailed recently and credit card information was stolen from the databases.
  15. Sage Knight

    Sage Knight Well-Known Member

    I thought you were calling me a scuttlebutt, haha. Had to google that.

    OT: I'd be using the free version, only monitoring my internet browsing. Nothing more than that. Plus Avast is free, I'd really hate to pay for something really specific considering the mac virus ratio is low.
  16. Gene Steinberg

    Gene Steinberg Well-Known Member

    Most Mac antivirus apps are bad. They slow down the system, cause unexplained conflicts, and don't really help you that much. The most serious Mac problems have been traced to Java, which is Oracle's product. Apple is more proactive about getting you updates these days.

    In the end, the best thing to do is not download files you didn't expect, nor accept links from emails unless you know where they really point -- and that's not necessarily so when it comes to some of those links. Just be careful, and there shouldn't be a serious need for malware protection right now.

    If you want something as a precaution, Intego has some really make-like products to consider.
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  17. James

    James Well-Known Member

  18. Sage Knight

    Sage Knight Well-Known Member

    Honestly most mac apps are a real PITA unless it made for mac, so I can see your point. Gonna bookmark Intego, seems like the perfect thing for the job, but is a bit pricey though for yearly subs.
  19. Gene Steinberg

    Gene Steinberg Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I don't see the need yet, but if things get worse, Intego's stuff is still worth the money. Intego's cheapest products are $37.49 at their U.S. site.
  20. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    No performance issues at all on my Mac. Of all the products mentioned in this thread, only Avast! is recommended and given the best rating for performance from http://www.av-comparatives.org/

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