Does apple recommend running anti-virus software with snow leopard?

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

7 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    It is always wise to have protection. Even with Mac's being a low target of viruses. Typically you can pick up a computer virus although, it might not affect your Mac you can pass it on to your Windows Friends/Co-workers. Rather you use Snow Leopard or any other version of Mac OS you should consider an antivirus software. However, I would not rush out in panic.

  • I've had a Mac since 10.2, been using them since OS8 and only had one experience with a virus which didn't do anything to my Mac, but did infect a lot of my friends Window's PC's. I did a bit of research and found an anti-virus used by people who run OSX servers.

    It's called ClamXav, is free to download and free to update. It sits in the background checking new files discreetly and has a component which you can launch and drag folders into to check. It also comes with a plug-in for CTRL-click contextual menu file scans.

    Seriously, Mac's are very secure but this is a no brainer. It's free, does everything other expensive solutions do and is a doddle to use. Google it.

  • Taken from the Apple website (/macosx/security): 'no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, antivirus software may offer additional protection'. So they aren't explicitly recommending it, but it is a feasible suggestion.

    Malware can affect a Mac, and it's possible to download something accidentally or to have a guest or another user download something harmful, so it might be wise to keep something on hand for that 'just in case' security. There are free options available, so no need to spend money.

  • Protection from online hazards, such as spyware, viruses, etc is always advised, regardless of operating system. Mac OS X, based on the ever secure BSD, is very resilient to such internet hazards. Many OS X viruses and the like will prompt for your username and password sporadically, without the user having done anything that would normally require it (Installing software, downloading software updates, etc).

    A good rule of thumb is pay attention to WHAT you download, WHERE you download, and WHO you download from. Follow these three rules and you'll be fine. No extra software required!

  • I've had my Mac book pro for like 3 years now and not one peep of virus or funny business. not that its Impossible, but i also don't go on every fishy website and download everything. ether way, i didn't put any type of antivirus what so ever.. do it.. why not, put an anti virus program. if you have the money why not.

  • do i need anti-virus software

  • I got a message sent to my account warning me & telling me to get protection now