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Which anti-virus software do you use with OS X?

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CA eTrust Anti-Virus 0 (0.00%)
Intego VirusBarrier 9 (1.41%)
McAfee Virex - .Mac version 111 (17.37%)
McAfee Virex - Retail version 24 (3.76%)
Sophos Anti-Virus 11 (1.72%)
Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 54 (8.45%)
None 430 (67.29%)
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Sophos AV
Authored by: dave@mmu on Aug 27, '04 08:52:33AM

Hiya, we do use Sophos AV on all our PC and Mac's here at the MMU, but we only really run Sophos on the macs as quite a lot of PC disks are processed on them and really they're used to screen the disks of PC virii...

Dave L

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Dont use Integro
Authored by: SOX on Aug 27, '04 01:13:59PM

If you choose to use a virus program, make sure you dont use integro. I have no idea about the quality of their service, but the company has been unethical in promoting its tools. For example they made a big hulabaloo over spoofing macs using .mp3 suffixes to make a trojan .app display an mp3 icon to mask itself. They billed this as mac virus/trojan and shot out the press releases trumpenting the discovery (their own) of a virus on macs. Would not even have been news on a PC or linux machine. avoid integro.

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Not exactly true ...
Authored by: mshmgi on Aug 27, '04 03:34:56PM

I answered "None", but that is not exactly true. I have Norton Anti-Virus installed on all of my machines. But I also disabled it because there just doesn't seem to be much point.

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Not exactly true ...
Authored by: clytie on Aug 29, '04 02:15:28AM

I, too, have Nortons. I have the whole thing: Norton's SystemWorks for Mac. I even updated to the latest this yr, at the current extortionate price.

The update promptly started crashing my poor Mac. I spent a lot of time reading the Nortons' "knowledge base" (more like archeology), wrestling with its online problem-fixer (sic) and in long, fruitless correpondence with (mostly) autoresponders and (occasionally) Nortons themselves. Nothing improved, my poor Mac kept crashing, and I removed Nortons most thoroughly. Problem solved. My Nortons disks now live shunned in my CD-holder, but only because I haven't been able to think of something fulfilling to do with such an expensive nothing. :(

I'm behind a firewall, I'm careful: I think with Macs that may well be enough. I've certainly never had an infected Mac, and that's quite a few years now.

What's the informed concensus on this? I'm very interested.

from Clytie

Clytie Siddall -- Renmark, in the Riverland of South Australia

iBook G3, 10.3.5, all updates current

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Norton Antivirus.
Authored by: euskir on Aug 27, '04 11:28:02PM

I've got Norton Antivirus...on a CD...where? I don't really know right now...

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Better safe than sorry?
Authored by: mkutny on Aug 28, '04 01:06:30AM

Working with Win PCs so often has made me rather paranoid, and one of the first things I did after switching a couple years back was install Norton. On the PC side I tend to use AVG, and cannot stand Norton... but it seems to run fine in OS X.

Thanks to Norton, I've found lots of PC viruses in my e-mail! ;-)

I keep wondering if I should just uninstall Norton, but I can't bring myself to do it. Too many bad memories of my first PC virus over 10 years ago (DOS based - killed a bunch of programs and install floppies).

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Best virus checker on the market
Authored by: GlowingApple on Aug 28, '04 10:46:09PM

For nearly a year now I've been using a fantastic virus checker built by Apple. I believe they title it OS X 10.3 Panther. Sometimes I turn on my firewall and then just sit back and laugh!

Seriously though, how many viruses do you know for OS X. The only type I know is a few exploits of the concept virus that show an executable as a mp3 file. Basically, if I back up my home directory periodically I have nothing to worry about.


When Microsoft asks you, "Where do you want to go today?" tell them "Apple."

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...accident waiting to happen?
Authored by: blubbernaut on Aug 30, '04 02:54:07AM

I, too, do not use any antivirus software (but have firewall - with brickhouse, and Little Snitch on) and just can't bring myself to give up that much in way of system resources... BUT...looking at this poll, I wonder whether the Mac community is an accident waiting to happen, with so few of us (and we are the more proactive, educated mac types!) using ANY AV software.... comments...questions....

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Authored by: staypuft on Aug 30, '04 07:31:21PM

Has anyone used ClamAV?
I stumbled across it yesterday while browsing through and it looks promising. "ClamAV was awarded as best security tool for 2004 by LinuxJournal."

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Authored by: obsidian849 on Aug 30, '04 09:02:17PM

I'am trying clamAV as I type. But who really knows if any anti-virus program works. Most of the concern about Mac AV programs is if the program itself is distuctive. There are so few viruses found, we as users have no way to tell if a AV program works. I been using Apples since 1980 and Macs since 1987. In 1989 I found my one and only virus. I've had four Mac and every os since Apple DOS 3.3. I have removed Norton AV long ago.


-- All This With Out Seat Belts --

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