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security for mac & pc

by hw4977 / January 23, 2009 10:42 AM PST

I have a macbook and a pc (Dell XPS 200).
I would like to know if there is software that is compatible with both op systems. In other words one product to run on both. I dont want to have to buy seperate products/versions.

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Have a look.....
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 23, 2009 2:20 PM PST
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ClamXav is based on the open source ClamAV virus scanner. Popular among open source fans, in practice ClamAV lags behind the detection capabilities of commercial antivirus software. For Mac users, this may not be a significant limitation given that there are far fewer malware impacting the Mac OS. If you're looking for free Mac antivirus software, ClamXav is certainly a virus scanner worth trying.


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For your Dell machine and Mac
by Donna Buenaventura / January 23, 2009 11:56 PM PST
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You can install the free antivirus like Antivir or Avast for your Dell PC:

1. Antivir free at http://free-av.com/en/download/download_servers.php or http://www.download.com/Avira-AntiVir-Personal-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10322935.html?part=dl-10322935&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=10986298


2. Avast free at http://avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html or http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition/3000-2239_4-10019223.html?part=dl-AvastHome&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=10998297

For your Mac:

ClamXav do not offer real-time protection for Mac computer but you can schedule it to run a scan daily, every other day, every week. You can try though iAntivirus by PCTools.com, you can get it at http://www.iantivirus.com/features/
There is free and paid edition of iAntivirus. The free edition offers real-time protection but only for Home users.

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Not needed for your Mac
by jboroman / January 25, 2009 12:59 AM PST

You don't need anti-virus SW for your Mac ... as long as you don't install a virus yourself. EG, visiting 'unknown' web sites and downloading something from one of them; or, opening an email from an unknown source and clicking within the email and downloading something. Actually pretty simple. There are literally millions of Mac users who've never gotten a virus, trojan horse, mal ware etc...and, never used anti-virus SW.

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I don't own a Mac but if ever I will have one
by Donna Buenaventura / January 25, 2009 2:39 AM PST

I will install anti-virus for Mac for the following reasons:
1. There are known virus, trojan and rogue software for macs. Maybe little types or names of infection for macs but that little amount is expected since the number of mac users compared to Windows is not much and I don't want to be infected in any way.
2. I've seen Mac users reporting infection found in their system so why take the risk? It does not cost much time to run a scan especially if the Mac system has enough memory to run a scan.
3. Apple allow installation of anti-virus program, Apple allow developers to develope anti-virus for Mac. This, to me an evidence that it is OK to have anti-virus.
4. Apple got an old article where they recommended to their customers to install antivirus but they pulled the article calling it old article/support/knowledge base. IMHO, there's no 100% immune operating system. Not even linux, mac or windows. So pulling it does not make Mac not affected at all. Why they don't check with security program developers where they found detection for infections on Mac and maybe Mac will put back the said support/kb.
5. Mac system has their own vulnerabilities.. a good antivirus might help prevent exploit to the 'not yet patch' security flaw in Mac.
6. Mac system allows installation of 3rd party applications like Skype, Firefox, Opera and these products have their own security issue that can "put" users at risk.
7. Mac system is bundled with plug-ins not created by them e.g. java and as we know already, java is another plug-in out there that can be use to exploit, infect or attack.
8. How a Mac user will know if there is NO infection at all, if there's no scanner that will try to determine an infection exist or not?

I can write more but the above is more than enough to me (I hope to other Mac users also to, at least, check if their system or emails is not infected at all), if ever I will own a Mac to use a security tools.

It is also up to the Mac, Linux and Windows users to protect themselves. Not visiting bad sites, not installing rogue products are the same advise that every user, no matter what OS is in use.

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