Do Apple Mac OS X users need antivirus software?

“ClamXav is a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine to scan mail and attachments. As a testament to its effectiveness, Apple now bundles ClamAV with Mac OS X Server 10.4. Unfortunately for those who are not system administrators, ClamAV is a command line tool, so it isn’t user-friendly for the average Mac owner. That’s why Mark Allan developed ClamXav. It uses the powerful ClamAV engine and definitions, but adds a more accessible user interface,” François Joseph de Kermadec writes for MacDevCenter. The article by de Kermadec explains how to use ClamXav and also touches on whether or not Mac OS X users need antivirus software.

Full article here.


  1. I do hope something is out there/comes along for Virus checking for Tiger. Our corporate infastructure requires that all machines, virus vulnerable or not, be protected by a current and updatable anti-virus package. If there is not something that we can centrally manage and update, we can’t roll out Tiger. Which of course means, we can’t roll out new hardware that ships with Tiger.

    Anyone have any knowlege of something for tiger that works and is updatable (easily updatable)?

  2. I agree that at this point we don’t have a need for Anti-Virus software. I know it is MUCH more difficult to gain access to the OS under X. However, nothing is impossible. I don’t doubt that someone out there is working on something and knowing that all the Macs are stitting out there unprotected…. well, it is a recepie for disaster and a major black eye for Apple if and when it happens. Hopefully it won’t be soon but I think we all know that it won’t go on this way forever. People are mean and vindictive. Someone out there wants us to remain complacent….

    Just waiting for the right time…

  3. “Installing anti-virus software on a Mac OS X computer is like installing anti-virus software on your Toyota pickup truck.”

    Well dont laugh, but if MS has their way, they’ll have their bugg-ridden virus-attracting OS embedded within the systems of cars sooner rather than later.

    Of course that means that at any given moment your car will suddenly and without your permission drive you to a bad part of town where you will be held at gunpoint. And somehow people will just be accepting of it just like they are with their PC’s.

  4. My ISP scans e-mail attachments for viruses, so that’s good enough for me. Since OS X is immune to all existing viruses out there, I’m not going to waste money or time with anti-virus software. And with my ISP scanning my e-mail attachments, I’ll know that I’m not passing any on to any Windows users either.

  5. You could get an infected file that doesn’t harm your Mac, but then pass it to someone else who could be affected. Using AV software is not necessary, but is the right thing to do as long as most people are using or are connected to Windows PC’s & Networks.

  6. It’s nice to have antivirus software if you share files with Windows users. Their viruses won’t affect a Mac, but you can still spread viruses via Mac. And believe me, I have several friends who use Windows and have no clue what they’re doing when it comes to security software.

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