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Do I need antvirus software for MAC?

Hello, I have bought a MAC several days ago. I am still not sure, do I need antivirus for it or no. Some people say that MAC won't get viruses and some say that MAC is not secure anymore. How about you? Do you protect your MAC and what applications are you using and why?

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Yes, you do.

Hi, I am working in office as an IT guy. I am repairing office computers and laptops, mostly MACs. I can say that, very offen MAC are infected, nut nobody notice it, because every body believes that it is not possible to infect MAC with the virus. That is totaly not true. Once we had even rasomware inftection. So my advice is to use antivirus free or paid. I preffer Bitdefender and Combo cleaner. Bitdefender works better on reall world and Combo cleaner works fine when you need to clean all the junk from your PC. I hope that my advice will help you. By the way, more and more new viruses are coming for MAC. Try to Google and you will see.

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Yes, Macs do get Virus infections

For many years there were just almost no viruses written for Macs, mostly because there are just so many more P C s globally. Now there are so many malware writers that there is malware out there for Macs and it is increasing.
I recommend Malwarebytes as a possible choice. They were one of the first to generate Mac antivirus and they also focus on ransomware which seems to easily attack Macs.

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None for me

I've been using my IMAC for 10 years and no antivirus.Chrome browser.The screen is getting pretty dim.Likely I will be moving to a Chromebox soon.Supposedly super safe for web browsing.

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Malwarebytes (free version)

Been using a MAC for about 8 years and never had any infections, I use Malwarebytes free version and run it every week or so and it’s never found a problem. Always ensure you don’t open email attachments that you are not expecting and watch out for phishing scams etc.

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Yes

Work to the general principle that if it's software it can be hacked.

So why have Macs and Linux been relatively free of malware compared to Windows? Some is due to the inherently more secure design of Unix based derivatives (online, Multi-user) but the real answer is Market Share.

Suppose you are a bad guy, you have a choice of targets, one 80-90% of the PC population (Windows) and one 10-20% (all the rest). Where are you most likely to put your malicious efforts? Right, Windows. And with details of the vulnerabilities addressed by the monthly patches to help, there are also the unpatched systems and unsupported systems (XP and soon 7) to improve your success rate.

As more people make the transition to Macs or Linux or whatever, those systems will become a more attractive target. So yes, you do need to protect them.

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