Advice about iAntiVirus?
December 30, 2010 1:33 PM   Subscribe

I'm running a MacBook Pro with OSX 10.6.5 and am thinking of loading iAntiVirus. Does anyone out there have any experience with, or advice about, this program?
posted by partner to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
You don't need it. Pay attention to any prompts asking for your password and don't install software from locations you don't trust. You'll be fine.
posted by Oktober at 1:39 PM on December 30, 2010 [2 favorites]

Its current rating on MacUpdate is 2 stars out of 5. You might find the user reviews there helpful.
posted by bcwinters at 1:49 PM on December 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

If you really want something (and I think it's smart to have something, get ClamXav. It's free, can be user-controlled (i.e. doesn't muck up your system) and is the appropriate level of protection given the current Mac environment.

Run it periodically. You'll find it may catch the odd email phishing schemes and a windows-based virus or two (no harm to you, but you could potentially send it on to some other poor schmuck).
posted by mazola at 1:51 PM on December 30, 2010

I've been teaching mac classes for upwards of six years and I have never heard of it. Concur with what the other posters are saying

1. you don't really need it
2. Clam software is good and free and better
posted by jessamyn at 1:54 PM on December 30, 2010

I ran it for a while. It looks innocent at first, but will start being a huge Norton-esque resource hog and a major drain on battery power after it runs for a while. Frankly, I forgot I installed it until I started wondering why my fan was cranking itself up to max speed all the time. And all this time, not one threat was ever detected on my computer.
posted by TrialByMedia at 2:18 PM on December 30, 2010

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac is another free option (if you're still looking).
posted by The Mouthchew at 2:25 PM on December 30, 2010

You don't need it.
posted by entropicamericana at 2:51 PM on December 30, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks everyone for all the info. Sounds like I probably don't need it. I ask Apple Care about virus protection from time to time and never get the idea that it is necessary.
posted by partner at 4:33 PM on December 30, 2010

(A popular NYT article today inexplicably recommended it)
posted by mkultra at 5:40 PM on December 30, 2010

Response by poster: That's where I heard about it.
posted by partner at 6:20 PM on December 30, 2010

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