Author Topic: Antivirus for Mac - Necessity or Rip-Off  (Read 1310 times)

Offline roadster

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Antivirus for Mac - Necessity or Rip-Off
« on: October 17, 2010, 01:40:53 PM »
As many of you know many of the big names in PC Internet Security such as Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee, Eset etc... are now producing Mac versions of their software. Whilst viruses may be prevalent in the Mac world, they are no where near the numbers that they are found in the windows world. Therefore is it really necessary to "fork out" your well earned money to pay for protection that most Macphiles would say is really not necessary.

If you use windows in a virtual environment, with Parallels, Vmware Fusion or Virtual Box, then I would say it would be wise to have antivirus protection on your Mac.

But if that be the case do you really have to pay ?

Free antivirus protection for mac is available :-

1. www.iantivirus.com

2. www.clamxav.com

3. http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/free-mac-anti-virus/

4. http://betanews.com/2011/02/07/comodo-enters-mac-security-market-with-new-antivirus-beta/

Comments from people with experience of any of the above would be much appreciated.....

thanks.....

Offline Emma

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Re: Antivirus for Mac - Necessity or Rip-Off
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 01:57:40 PM »
I've got Sophos on mine - due in no small part to the fact that I can get it free via work.

I guess as I tend to err on the side of caution, I'd probably look for an AV solution if I didn't have easy access to it; but then again, I'm the sort who takes every jab on offer before going on holiday - where I have friends that don't bother ... guess a lot of it is a combination of perceived risk.