virus protection

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I just got my new iBook. Wondering what software is a must, thought I would start with anti-virus software. What is the best?

Thanks for all the help.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    there is no (!) virus for OS 10. repeat, NO virus!

    have fun!
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Ok, Thanks. But don't I need something to protect my computer from files I download from the internet, music, and programs?
  • Reply 3 of 6
    I have never ever needed a virus scanner or firewall for mac be it OS9 or OSX.

    Dont waste your money! I cant imagine ever needing one! Gotta love mac.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    I've had 2 viruses in OS9. I got both from my school. School computers are breeding grounds for viruses. <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />

    [quote]Originally posted by Kesh:

    <strong>There are no known virii</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Virii <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

    [ 11-14-2002: Message edited by: Ebby ]</p>
  • Reply 5 of 6
    keshkesh Posts: 621member
    As the saying goes, better safe than sorry.

    There are no known virii for OS X yet. That doesn't mean some jerk won't write one. Fact is, even having a virus scanner won't protect you if you're one of the first people to get infected by a new virus. But, once it's known, an update is usually available in a few days or so.

    The best solution is Apples .Mac service. You get 100 MB of web space, 15 MB email storage, Backup software and Virex anti-virus. Whereas with Norton Antivirus (about $79) you only get the anti-virus software, and still have to make yearly renewals for your virus protection updates anyway. Norton Systemworks is a better package, but is about $129.

    I'm personally quite happy with .Mac, and the Backup software alone is worth it, especially in addition to the Internet services and anti-virus.
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