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Mac User asking: Is it important to do sypware & virus check

Hi! I've already posted one discussion about "where can I get an online scan for the mac" for viruses or spyware.

It turns out MacScan is just spyware which was the most concerning to me. I loved their user guide and it was really easy to you.

But what about viruses - do I really have to do the virus check as well...
one suggested was the free CLAMav (I think its called this) ... I was totally confused by the clamav free antiVIRUS software website and FAQ's and documentation and it seemed it would really mess up my mac so I'm not thrilled with their documentation for a non-technical person like me.

Could I get more comments on the ANTIVIRUS part of my question. What is best - what won't get me into contacting support immediately because it is too confusing. Again I use mac os10.5.8 (Leopard) but will be on Snow Leopard soon then Lion next year.

Thanks again!


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Yes because Apple also recommend using antivirus
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iantivirus is not looking good

Hi . Thank you for the information.I looked into your links and I can see that Iantivirus is getting bad reviews through their forum and basically all interest seems to have STOPPED as of 2008 (updating etc).
I am not interested in any product that has had no activity since 2008. Even the release date is one year old.

So, I'll keep searching on the virus side! but thank you for the post. We do not open files that people send us and malware is covered by MACSCAN thank goodness, just not viruses. I'll have that Malware protection in Snow Leopard and hopefully it will not conflict with Mac Scan.

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Virus Scan for Mac

Trend Micro now offers a virus scan product for Mac - called Trend Smart Surfing. I have had my iMac for almost a year, installed the Smart Surfing program and it found a few Trojan Virus program saved in my Time Machine Backups - now gone !!!
Check out the TrendMicro at

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Trend Micro Questino to BDARRAH

Hi Bdarrah -- On your post above - sounds really interesting, and I do use time machine. Do you know if I would have to uninstall my demo of MACSCAN to run the trend micro? Also, I thought TROJAN was spyware not a virus (is there a difference? I'm a little confused on that).

Thanks again!

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