Best antivirus software for the Mac


I just overheard someone say Macs don't get viruses. Is that true?
And if not, what's the best anti-virus software out there for the Mac and do I need it?

Tags: apple, mac
Topic: Security
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Hi arch,

Viruses really aren't a problem at this point on Mac OS X. However, you can get ClamXav for free for your Mac here:

"ClamXav is a free virus scanner for Mac OS X. It uses the very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end and has the ability to detect both Windows and Mac threats.

ClamXav can be setup up as passive or active: scan only the files you tell it to or your entire hard drive, whichever you prefer; you can also choose to activate Sentry to monitor your hard drive and scan new files as they arrive.
Introducing ClamXav 2

Clean, simple-to-use interface
Clearly lists infected files
Free virus definitions (usually updated daily)
Save your favourite scan locations for easy access
Customise the toolbar - or hide it entirely
Send selected files to quarantine or trash with one click
Specify files to exclude using plain text* or by using drag & drop from the Finder
Specify schedules to update virus definitions and perform scans
Use ClamXav Sentry to monitor your hard drive and scan new files as they arrive†
Use the bundled ClamAV engine or bring your own installation†
Compatible with Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7 Lion"

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Comodo Antivirus for Mac,

The Proactive Antivirus provides complete protection against viruses, worms and Trojan horses for Mac OS X based computers.

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