AntiVirus programs for Mac (Snow Leopard)? Please Help!

  • Huxley7

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    Jul 18, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
    I currently use ClamXav, but I don't know if it's actually catching anything or if it's overlooking a ton of viruses. The reason why I'm asking is because my mac has crashed twice in the last 5 days, both times needing to be restored from Time Machine. I did repair permissions and verify the disk immediately after restoring to see if that may be the problem, but both times Disk Utility said things were fine. Thanks for the help in advance.
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    Jul 19, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Have you tried asking on apple.com?
  • Huxley7

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    Jul 19, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    JakeBenson saidHave you tried asking on apple.com?


    No, mainly because others have already posted very similar issues, and none of these were replied to...

    I'm definitely going to get in touch with AppleCare tomorrow, but I'm trying to figure out as much as possible in the time being. icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 19, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    Were the crashes seemingly random or during a specific task? It's unlikely that it's a virus, though possible of course. It could be your power supply fluctuating, bad stick of ram, hard drive locking up, bad plist file. Etc. Have you tried doing a system restore from the DVD?
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    Jul 19, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    It'd highly unlikely that a virus would cause this. Sounds like data corruption probably caused by a faulty drive/controller/logic board. Sophos have a Mac port not sure if they have a trial though.
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    Jul 19, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    I'd check the Console logs to see if anything strange is going on.
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    Jul 19, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    Sophos Anti-Virus

    http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx
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    Jul 19, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    Mac virus' are very rare. Try archive and install. If you call tech support that's what they'll tell you to do first, used to work applecare icon_sad.gif
  • real_diver2

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    Jul 19, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Best money I ever spent - Intego Virus Barrier.

    Programmable firewall, anti-virus, file encryption, anti-spam programs.

    While there are fewer Mac Viruses out there, another purpose of an anti-virus program is to help keep you from forwarding a PC file that may contain a PC virus or malware.

  • Huxley7

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    Jul 19, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    Ravco saidWere the crashes seemingly random or during a specific task? It's unlikely that it's a virus, though possible of course. It could be your power supply fluctuating, bad stick of ram, hard drive locking up, bad plist file. Etc. Have you tried doing a system restore from the DVD?


    The crashes are pretty random, the only programs I ever really have open are Firefox and Activity Monitor, and occasionally Word. Generally, I notice my RAM getting sucked up, the fan gets going, then I get the pinwheel of doom. I used the DVD both times, since I'd reboot the computer and have to use it to get things going...
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jul 19, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    Get a compressed air can and blow the dust out of it. I went out and bought a whole new puter because of an overheating dusty CPU, and it acted like it was being attacked by viruses.
  • Huxley7

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    Jul 19, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the replies!

    @tcom & @wannabecowboy, I looked for Sophos and downloaded it, going to give it a try (can't hurt).

    @terrafirma, I checked the logs, nothing seems to be cause for alarm, the only issue was that my Time Machine wasn't backing up like I'd wanted it to but that was easily solvable.

    @barriehomeboy, I just dusted it, we'll see what happens.

    @kaoi, Thanks, I think I'm going to have to give that a whirl in a little bit.

    @real_diver2, Thanks, I'll give that a try if the Sophos program doesn't hold up.


    Thanks again!
  • Huxley7

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    Jul 19, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidHere are some softwares I use to clean my Mac computer. But we don't really need to worry about it. We are nothing like PC Windows.

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    Thanks, I'll look into them icon_smile.gif
  • Huxley7

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    Jul 19, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    mayBbignow saidClam doesnt do a damn thing

    Secondly youre lieing- Macs dont get viruses YOU
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    Im glad it all turned out ok but stay away from the free free software
    Make sure real forum members of a tech forum give approval



    Thanks for the response, I'm only using ClamX because my school mandates that it be on my computer in order to use the network. Otherwise....

    EDIT: Also, you're right, I don't know that it is specifically a virus, but that's the first thing I could think of. Thanks again icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 19, 2011 2:34 PM GMT
    JakeBenson saidHave you tried asking on apple.com?


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    I love this. I've done something similar and posted a question about a programming problem I had once, mainly just to vent and write out my problem to think about it. Rather than asking experienced developers on a programming forum or Stack Overflow, I posted here. Some of the answers I got were similar to "Have you tried using Python instead?" or "You should try making it object oriented." Hell, there was a question posted about javascript a couple days ago that had some answers that lead to a good chuckle.

    OP, if you're wanting a good response, I'd highly suggest posting on apple.com and keep bumping the thread until you get a good answer. Apple technicians will be able to help you out far better than we can.
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    Jul 19, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidHere are some softwares I use to clean my Mac computer. But we don't really need to worry about it. We are nothing like PC Windows.

    5mhi7d.jpg


    Lmao, sorry but all these celan up tools are just hilarious for a system that supposely is nothing like Windows when it comes to this.

    - Sent from iMac
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    Jul 20, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    As for someone who use to work deep inside for Apple, you don't need an anti-virus program.

    Plain and simple.
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    Jul 20, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    I swear if I get one more debilitating virus on this stupid PC I'm chunking it for a Mac! I've had TWO horrible computer viruses that Norton didn't catch and I had to take my computer in to get fixed! Argh! So jealous of Mac users!!!
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    Jul 20, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    Fishfriend saidI swear if I get one more debilitating virus on this stupid PC I'm chunking it for a Mac! I've had TWO horrible computer viruses that Norton didn't catch and I had to take my computer in to get fixed! Argh! So jealous of Mac users!!!


    I think I found the problem... icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 20, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    There are no "Mac Viruses" at this point... There is the "annoyance ware" of MacDefender... however if you have 10.6.8 installed, then it auto-scans for it and won't let you open it. (and that automatically updates every day checking for new malware threats.).

    Honestly, with talks of beachballing, crashing, etc... Your HD could be failing. I'd scan it with something like TechTool Pro 6 (Or 5 would work fine... doing a surface scan) and see if you have any bad blocks. As someone mentioned, it could also be bad RAM.

    Most of those 'clean my mac' programs are pretty useless... yes they clean up some room... (get rid of cache files, log files, etc)... But really, we have 1TB HD's now... "Whoopie, I got rid of 5 MB of log files! I can save ONE more photo in iPhoto!"

    _ALSO_, one thing to keep of note, some of those apps delete extra languages out of apps to save space... while that sounds like a great idea... Some apps (I know Adobe Creative Suite was one of them before) would sense the apps are corrupted, and fail to work. THEN you would have to reinstall CS. (and any of you that have installed Adobe CS, know how much fun that can be...) So well, an hour or 2 downtime for trying to save a bit of space.

    HOWEVER, I do have to say this. Kudos to you for having a Time Machine Backup. I hate it when someone brings in a computer and we turn it on, and the first sound I hear is "click click click" of the HD. (Which means there is about a snowballs chance in hell of recovery) unless you want to pay $1,000 to send it to drivesavers. And I ask "Do you have a backup?" and most of the time the answer is no... Soon you'll be able to re-download any music from the iTunes store that you've purchased... But Pictures aren't replaceable people. Backup... Backup... Backup... ;)

    The one app up there that IS really good is drive genius. We've had drives that TechTool Pro / DiskWarrior couldn't do anything with that Drive Genius got working again. (Catalog / File System errors).
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    Jul 20, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    goatee_guy saidThere are no "Mac Viruses" at this point...

    Incorrect.
    Here was the first one I found in the first couple of links on a Google search:
    http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/ArchiveMalware.aspx?language=us&name=OSX_JAHLAV.K

    Macs are just as susceptible to viruses as any other machine. The way they have their software bundles set up allows a programmer to create a virus the same way one would for UNIX. If the developer was looking to mask the virus in a not-as-obvious way than plugging in a bit of code into a compile script in other forms of software (which could easily be distributed via torrents or other pirated software routes), they could hide it in a jpg file to add script to a config file in another app's resource folder.

    This said, there is no reason anyone would go through that trouble just to have a machine's operating system become corrupt, unless it's some script kiddie targeting an easy exploit on a Windows machine. Chances are, the code would log keys and look for 16-digit numbers entered and filter data afterward to try and steal your credit card info, or 9-digit numbers to try and steal a social security number.