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    Default Should I worry about viruses/malware?

    I'm wondering if I should be concerned about viruses/malware on my 27inch iMac. I come from many years using Windows where you had to be on your toes at all times regarding viruses and malware. I try to download all I can from the Mac App Store, but obviously there's some programs where I need to download them from the Internet, and that makes me nervous. I recently installed a program called timemachineeditor from the Internet (first I downloaded the package from a Macworld.UK article then, because I was worried, deleted that then went to the actual Devon website to download it) but I'm worried it could have possibly had a virus or malware. The program says that the certificate was verified, does that mean it's safe?

    Anyway, any advice on safe downloading tips? Do I need some kind of anti virus or malware?
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    Default Re: Should I worry about viruses/malware?

    Viruses... not really... malware/adware/browser jackers - yes... there are apps out there to scan for it... but truthfully, if you don't install apps or anything from outside the Mac AppStore - you should be fine.
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    Default Re: Should I worry about viruses/malware?

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    Viruses... not really... malware/adware/browser jackers - yes... there are apps out there to scan for it... but truthfully, if you don't install apps or anything from outside the Mac AppStore - you should be fine.
    Right, but as I said there are some programs I need that are not in the App Store. And I want to make sure they are safe
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    Default Re: Should I worry about viruses/malware?

    Download only from known, trusted developers' web sites...
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    Default Re: Should I worry about viruses/malware?

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    Download only from known, trusted developers' web sites...
    If it says it's certified from Apple though is it safe? I didn't know if downloading that install package from Macworld was safe or not. Your only at risk if you INSTALL it right?
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    Default Re: Should I worry about viruses/malware?

    Quote Originally Posted by RavenSword View Post
    Your only at risk if you INSTALL it right?
    Correct.
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    Default Re: Should I worry about viruses/malware?

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    Correct.
    Ok, because as I said I just downloaded the package, didn't actually do the whole install.
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    Default Re: Should I worry about viruses/malware?

    I have always said you should watch what websites you visit and never open email attachments from people you don't know.

    I also have been running the paid version of DrWebb for the past couple of years and has worked quite well and will block websites which are known to have malware.
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    Default Re: Should I worry about viruses/malware?

    I run Eset on my A1186 Mac Pro for a few reasons, the new ransom ware is running in java and flash so Mac is able to be targeted.
    Is it at the top of my list of worries no.

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