Apple to Mac users: No anti-virus software? Get it now!

Windows users all know that there’s nothing quite like an anti-virus application to bring your PC’s performance crashing down. People using a Mac or running any flavor of Linux never have to suffer from this, since virus developers have always been interested in reaching the bulk of the population, meaning the Bill Gates-loving crew. But these days are now becoming a distant memory!

In a recent note to fans, Apple has strongly recommended that all Mac owners should now install an anti-virus application on their systems. The note said, “Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple anti-virus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.” The note then recommends three applications: Intego VirusBarrier X5, Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 11 for Macintosh and McAfee VirusScan for Mac. And now that you’ve read this, here’s something for you to watch:

Gotta love the irony.

[Via Newlaunches]

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24 Responses to Apple to Mac users: No anti-virus software? Get it now!

  1. The fact that most viruses are written for Windows doesn’t mean there are no viruses that affect Mac or Linux. Don’t get me wrong, I like to make fun of Apple as much as the next guy but the note seems to be more about a safety net than a necessity.

    • Indeed. What I would be really curious to see is how much one of the 3 listed applications will affect the speed of a Mac system running OSX…

  2. The fact that most viruses are written for Windows doesn't mean there are no viruses that affect Mac or Linux. Don't get me wrong, I like to make fun of Apple as much as the next guy but the note seems to be more about a safety net than a necessity.

    • Indeed. What I would be really curious to see is how much one of the 3 listed applications will affect the speed of a Mac system running OSX…

  3. But the question that isn’t answered, or I didn’t see it, is whether this is tasking the Mac to eradicate Windows viruses or Mac viruses?

    I thought that by definition, *nix doesn’t have viruses, and that the only way that anything that can get onto your Mac system is if you use the admin password to let it install – a move that most of us instinctively know is st00pid.

    If these are tools to protect against Windows viruses, and I don’t use any Windows boxes, why do I care? Why do *my* systems have to take a performance hit to protect st00pid Windows users somewhere else? One of the things that made me move to Mac, and that I’ve enjoyed, is specifically *not* having to run five pieces of software just to keep st00pid krap off my system.

    Is the problem a Mac problem or a Windows problem? If you never let some random program ask you for admin privilege, what’s the problem? What am I missing here?

    NOT trying to start a religious war. I’m really after ‘the rest of the story.’

    • If you never let some random program ask you for admin privilege, what’s the problem?

      Hmmm. I store a lot in ~. Unix tools tend not to autorun stuff, but I suspect that the real difference is the savviness of the user. Yeah, certainly there’s an intellectual challenge in writing a Linux virus (say), but the economic returns are small when the user won’t, in general, co-operate!

    • The idea behind putting anti-virus on EVERY system, Mac or PC or *nix, is that you're protecting everyone. Yeah, you can choose to look at it as "I'm wasting my clock-cycles to save some Windows user from a virus." You could also look at it as "every Win box that virus infects then mass-transmits that virus to other computers, which leads to exponentially increasing bandwidth usage, slowing down my expensive high-speed internet."

      Or, more simply, by putting anti-virus on your Mac, you're filtering viruses out of emails you may receive, and may then send along to friends and family. Just because the virus can't infect your system doesn't mean your system can't be a carrier for the infection.

  4. I think a distinction needs to be made between being a carrier who spreads viruses and having a virus compromise your system. Just because you don’t install a virus doesn’t mean you aren’t infected. If you don’t have anti-virus software on your machine then how do you know? I’ve had Mac users send me files with viruses they had no idea were on their machine. You know, just because you don’t have AIDs doesn’t mean you don’t have HIV. Get anti-virus software, otherwise the cleanliness of your machine is nothing more than speculation.

  5. But the question that isn't answered, or I didn't see it, is whether this is tasking the Mac to eradicate Windows viruses or Mac viruses?

    I thought that by definition, *nix doesn't have viruses, and that the only way that anything that can get onto your Mac system is if you use the admin password to let it install – a move that most of us instinctively know is st00pid.

    If these are tools to protect against Windows viruses, and I don't use any Windows boxes, why do I care? Why do *my* systems have to take a performance hit to protect st00pid Windows users somewhere else? One of the things that made me move to Mac, and that I've enjoyed, is specifically *not* having to run five pieces of software just to keep st00pid krap off my system.

    Is the problem a Mac problem or a Windows problem? If you never let some random program ask you for admin privilege, what's the problem? What am I missing here?

    NOT trying to start a religious war. I'm really after 'the rest of the story.'

    • If you never let some random program ask you for admin privilege, what’s the problem?

      Hmmm. I store a lot in ~. Unix tools tend not to autorun stuff, but I suspect that the real difference is the savviness of the user. Yeah, certainly there's an intellectual challenge in writing a Linux virus (say), but the economic returns are small when the user won't, in general, co-operate!

  6. I think a distinction needs to be made between being a carrier who spreads viruses and having a virus compromise your system. Just because you don't install a virus doesn't mean you aren't infected. If you don't have anti-virus software on your machine then how do you know? I've had Mac users send me files with viruses they had no idea were on their machine. You know, just because you don't have AIDs doesn't mean you don't have HIV. Get anti-virus software, otherwise the cleanliness of your machine is nothing more than speculation.

  7. That’s an imperfect analogy likening the clearly human situation to computers. The analogy would be closer on point if we were discussing the differences between humans and some random, non-related species. It’s also non sequitur, and a bit misleading as well– attempting to simply use another unrelated, emotionally-charged issue to make your point.

    Simple fact is; *Windows* code cannot, does not “infect” Mac systems; any more than a human flu virus can infect a cat. Windows malware is just as benign to a Mac system as is text, or a document file, or an encrypted file that one can’t even open. It’s bits of code that have no effect on a Mac system. Not my problem!

  8. That's an imperfect analogy likening the clearly human situation to computers. The analogy would be closer on point if we were discussing the differences between humans and some random, non-related species. It's also non sequitur, and a bit misleading as well– attempting to simply use another unrelated, emotionally-charged issue to make your point.

    Simple fact is; *Windows* code cannot, does not "infect" Mac systems; any more than a human flu virus can infect a cat. Windows malware is just as benign to a Mac system as is text, or a document file, or an encrypted file that one can't even open. It's bits of code that have no effect on a Mac system. Not my problem!

  9. Yeah, the system of mac not same as windows. And I thing that there is no system that 100% running without error. :D But i think for now, windows has a bigger percentages in malfunction of it’s system. :D

  10. Yeah, the system of mac not same as windows. And I thing that there is no system that 100% running without error. :D But i think for now, windows has a bigger percentages in malfunction of it's system. :D

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