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    Os.x anti virus

    Does anyone know what anti virus I should use for apple mac os x tiger. Hans do you own a apple mac ?

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    Re: Os.x anti virus

    I thought people bought Macs because they don't need anti-virus software. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    See Macintosh Antivirus Software.

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> I owned Macs from 1985 to 1998; then I switched to PC/Windows.

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    Re: Os.x anti virus

    No, people convert to GNU/Linux so they don't need anti-virus software <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.

    People switch to Macs so they can do stuff "out of the box" <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Os.x anti virus

    Fulhamn
    I've been using Macs for almost 20 years. Since OS X was introduced I have not found a need to use an anti-virus program. Why? Because of the lack of viruses 'in the wild' for OS X.

    Media reports that a few virus have been created but these have not had much impact as (IIRC) all of them require the user to do something stupid to allow them access or to propogate. Hint: Be careful anytime you are asked to enter your administrator password, particularly if you are connected to the internet and you aren't trying to install a new application.

    Keep your eye on media reports (and the Media almost always jumps up and down and screams AHA! very loudly each time a new risk to OS X is 'identified'). Then checkout some Mac sites like Macfixit or Apple's own discussion forums to find out what, if anything, you need to do.

    OS X is not bullet-proof, but the way it is set up it (and some will argue, its smaller market share) means that you are much less likely to encounter virus or other malware.

    All of the above relates to running OS X on an Apple Mac. If you intend to run Windows on the Apple Mac Intels - the same concerns apply as on any PC, please be careful.

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