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MacNut
9th July 2008, 12:00 PM
Just saw this article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Digital section.

"Apple itself, which has built a number of security safeguards into the operating system, officially acknowledged the role of anti-virus software for the first time in its latest OS X Security Configuration Guide released in May, and even provides a link to a list of third-party suppliers"

PCTools have brought one out. iAntiVirus - Free AntiVirus for Mac (http://www.iantivirus.com/?utm_source=pctools&utm_medium=dhtml&utm_campaign=iav)

Any comments ?? :(

chrsha01
9th July 2008, 12:06 PM
Macs don't really get viruses. So I don't think I would need to use it.

I like the name of the company though, "PCTools" :p

Brains
9th July 2008, 12:06 PM
I still feel you don't need one, unless you want to be able to exchange files with cockro^H^H^H^H^HWindows users :p and be sure that you're not inadvertently sending them a nastie with your email.

Whilst Apple can be a bit slow in fixing security holes, one really doesn't need to be too concerned with OSX-specific malware. Windows malware attacks either through Internet Explorer holes, direct port attacks, or through downloaded software such as virtually-unknown 'freeware', keygens and cracks. On the Mac, most extant malware today requires social engineering to fool the user into installing it, and as the Mac development community is still fairly small (compared to the hordes of win/nix developers) it tends to be honourable and tightly-knit.

Piratbyran
9th July 2008, 12:12 PM
Ahahaha, i don't think there has been a bigger scam.

What. Virii would it be protecting us from.

Norton for mac sucked cookies. It wouldn't let you use a cd before it had scanned it. I removed it 5 min after i installed it. Worst waste of $23 ever. (got it though uni, nto some backhand dealer)

El Guardo
9th July 2008, 12:18 PM
Clam X AV if you want anti-virus. It's free too...

Atomac
9th July 2008, 12:18 PM
I agree with that we don't have too much to be worried about and not from a security through obscurity perspective, but because OS X is relatively speaking more secure than Windows.

Still we shouldn't be complacent. While I am comfortable with the risk I feel it would be irresponsible to advise others to do the same. Trouble is that all anti-virus software seems to cripple any system it runs on and isn't totally effective in any case.

adamd
9th July 2008, 12:21 PM
I don't have an Anti-Virus, never have, and hopefully never will.

Piratbyran
9th July 2008, 12:50 PM
Anti virus, no matter what brand. Eats ram. Eats cpu time. Eats your disks seek times. You might as well dig out your p3.

Dog Knight
9th July 2008, 12:57 PM
I only ever had anti virus for mac back in the OS 8/9 days. But got rid of it after a while due to no use.

The closest thing I got to a virus was on my old mac performa under system 8. It simply moved the icons around continually in a particular folder so you werent able to actually select the contents at all. More a prank than anything else. I got a good l;augh out of it anyway :P

Tom125
9th July 2008, 01:03 PM
There are a few bits of malware/viruses for the mac, but as far as I know they all require you to actually "install" them: ie. double click on them and type in an admin password.
If macs ever do become more of a target hopefully Apple will have some antivirus software included in the OS rather than installing some norton ot mcafee rubbish!

shinji
9th July 2008, 01:25 PM
I am more concerned with malaware and adware cos they are a nuisance and slow down my already slow iBook G4.

Any malware/adware scanners?

MacNut
9th July 2008, 01:30 PM
I am more concerned with malaware and adware cos they are a nuisance and slow down my already slow iBook G4.

Any malware/adware scanners?

This site will list all the features iAntiVirus - Free AntiVirus for Mac (http://www.iantivirus.com/?utm_source=pctools&utm_medium=dhtml&utm_campaign=iav)

Te SMH article was blaming the popularity of Macs now as the reason for people to aim at OSX.
We actually had a thread for this last year

Atomac
9th July 2008, 01:31 PM
I am more concerned with malaware and adware cos they are a nuisance and slow down my already slow iBook G4.

Any malware/adware scanners?

Believe me the scanners and going to slow things down...I shouldn't worry if i were you.

montfort
9th July 2008, 01:43 PM
I have used ClamX and McAfee's VirusScan for Mac. The first one is free :thumbup: and the other one you will have to buy from a reseller... did not notice any difference in performance.

Antonino Giglio
9th July 2008, 01:44 PM
Just saw this article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Digital section.

"Apple itself, which has built a number of security safeguards into the operating system, officially acknowledged the role of anti-virus software for the first time in its latest OS X Security Configuration Guide released in May, and even provides a link to a list of third-party suppliers"

PCTools have brought one out. iAntiVirus - Free AntiVirus for Mac (http://www.iantivirus.com/?utm_source=pctools&utm_medium=dhtml&utm_campaign=iav)

Any comments ?? :(

I'm using OSX sice 2002 and never got any virus-related problems but...
If you are going to install Windows on your Mac then yes! You absolutely need the antivirus as it is OSX that is solid against viruses, trojan and so on, not the computer.

Bart Smastard
9th July 2008, 01:56 PM
Over at ITWire they have an article brazenly entitled: Every anti-virus scanner on the market compromised by critical vulnerabilities (http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19283/53/)


More than 800 vulnerabilities have been uncovered within anti-virus products, and every virus scanner currently on the market has at least one highly critical vulnerability. That is the controversial claim of one security vendor which concludes that anti-virus software far from protecting the network throw the doors wide open to attackers...

So installing a virus scanner can actually make you computer vulnerable.

Piratbyran
9th July 2008, 02:16 PM
Charmingly, my friend sent me a, well, almost virus.

It looks like a picture file, but its really a script, i forget what it does, but noting harmful. Just shows how gullible i am.

There used to be an old mac virus that actually patched up stuff, i forget what that one was called too.

FBTN
9th July 2008, 02:27 PM
Hand on, what'sVirus....???

Bart Smastard
9th July 2008, 02:41 PM
There used to be an old mac virus that actually patched up stuff, i forget what that one was called too.

I don't know why the AV makers don't make viruses that do just that; find vulnerable computers and clean them up.

... Actually I do know why they don't. It's called Capitalism. If there were no viruses Symantec, McAfee and the other big AV scanners would go bust very quickly.

Antonino Giglio
9th July 2008, 04:38 PM
Over at ITWire they have an article brazenly entitled: Every anti-virus scanner on the market compromised by critical vulnerabilities (http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19283/53/)
So installing a virus scanner can actually make you computer vulnerable.

Crikey!!! :eek:

One more reason to stick with OSX!