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An AppleScript to integrate clamscan and Apple Mail
Authored by: dave1212 on Sep 29, '05 04:34:09PM

ok.. I can see this being useful if it were for SpamAssassin or another junk mail program, but antivirus?

You're just slowing down your machine for no good reason. Unless it's passing your internet connection to a Windows box, you're wasting cycles and time with this.

It's nice to have the instructions on hand, however, for when the first Mac OS X virus does hit. After all, it's inevitable, but until that day (and it will be broadcast far and wide) I refuse to waste my time downloading updates, scanning files, and possibly making my machines more unstable than they need to be.

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questioning the value of anti-virus software on Macs
Authored by: sjk on Sep 29, '05 05:29:46PM

I agree. The only Windows viruses on my Macs have come through spam and are always effectively quarantined by SpamAssassin alone.

Unless a Mac is somehow a redistribution point for Windows viruses, or until an OS X virus exists in the wild, it seems unnecessary to run anti-virus software on it. And I expect news about the first OS X virus will propagate faster than an anti-virus update for it.

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