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AntiVirus protection

Any advice on what Antivirus software to buy, since virex 7.2 will not be supported after May, and you have to buy (5) copies minimum of the latest Virex 7.7 to get it?
Iam running Tiger on a G4 17inch Desktop

Thanks for any help!

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AV for Mac

In reply to: AntiVirus protection

OK, at the risk of opening another can of worms, here is my 10c.
The Virex suite is an atrocious piece of software that should never see the light of day. It is next to impossible to update the definitions, has a buggy interface, will use 100% of your processor time and reduce your machine to a crawl. No wonder Apple withdrew it from their .Mac benefits. What is the deal with having to buy 5 seats for the product!! Can you say "dipping revenues from Mac users!"
Currently there are ZERO virus's for OS X so the only thing that Virex can find are those Windows virus's that your PC using friends pass along. The do not harm your machine but you may pass them along to more of your PC friends.
Symantec have dropped the ball altogether but continue to preach gloom and doom without actually coming up with a virus for OS X.
If you really feel the need for an AV client for your Mac, try As stated, you shouldn't need an anti-virus program for your Mac. But, if you
are in desperate need of an anti-virus program (to clean up PC viruses, for
example), try clamXav. Google for it. It's free and works remakably well.

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My conspiracy theory

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Every time there is a major virus scare, I start to wonder if the viruses aren't originated by the anti-virus software companies. Kind of like parking at the mall only to find out that your car has been hit, and coincidentally, there is a business card for a neighborhood autobody shop on your window. Mmmm....

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AV for Mac

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Thanks for your input. I was more concerned about passing something on to Windows users. However, after
being a windows user for many years, it is hard to break the habit of getting all the stuff that they say you need. Sometimes I forget that I am running a Mac now for three years! It is just so great not to be crashing all of the time!

Again thanks!


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AV for Mac

In reply to: AV for Mac


Thanks for the input. I was more interested in keeping from passing things that I might get that won't affect me, but would hurt Win users.

Appreciate you help and advice!


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