1. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    Does anyone have an anti virus on there MacBook? Mine is a late 2013 15" rMBP. I've bootcamped it with win 10. I have norton anti virus on the windows side but I'm wondering if I need it on the mac side too.

    When I bought it almost 3years ago I asked the Apple Store if indexed one and they said no. They also said if it needed an antivirus than they would sell it.

    If I put one on the mac side would it slow it down? I don't do much on it but I'm trying to get into the coding.

    Any suggestions?
    Last edited by Abu Khadija; 11-08-2016 at 03:54 PM.
    11-08-2016 03:40 PM
  2. Ecm's Avatar
    Take a look at this article, just out today... Do I need anti-virus software on my Mac? | iMore
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    11-08-2016 03:57 PM
  3. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    I read that article. Maybe I should call apple support and ask them. I still have AppleCare until February 2017.
    11-08-2016 04:57 PM
  4. Ecm's Avatar
    Remember, it's not just about what can/can't affect your Macbook. You could receive or download a nasty file. It may not affect you, but what happens if you forward that file to someone on a PC? I prefer the "better safe than sorry" idea.

    Even some of the free versions could make a difference, like Avast Free.
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    11-08-2016 05:03 PM
  5. ROSES5682's Avatar
    to the OP, if you do decided to get an anti virus program you may want to check with your internet provider to see if they have and discounts or free options.
    11-08-2016 05:42 PM
  6. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    Norton anti virus for 5 devices is only $47 on Walmart.com
    11-08-2016 08:17 PM
  7. Matty's Avatar
    Take a look at this article, just out today... Do I need anti-virus software on my Mac? | iMore
    Was just about to link that

    I haven't had any virus problems with my Macbook in over 5 years. But after reading the post, i may consider adding some. Just for piece of mind. I don't visit dodgy sites like AndroidCentral so i shouldn't get any viruses. :P JK
    11-09-2016 03:23 AM
  8. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    I re read the article and read the comments. Some of the comments were talking about the antivirus running in the background. I know for almost certain that Norton's anti virus runs in the background . I also think that it also runs scans even when the computer is off so you are protected 24/7.

    Now my question is since I have norton on the windows side of my mac, if I also put norton on the mac side I would probably have two anti viruses running on my MacBook. Is this a good idea? I could remove the win 10 bootcamp but I use it for some games that aren't available on OS X.

    Any suggestions?

    Also, would running two antivirus slow my MacBook down? That's my concern.
    11-09-2016 08:28 AM
  9. vectro73's Avatar
    I don't have an anti-virus software on either my mac or my PC laptop. And I did not get any kind of viruses or malware for years. Thing is - you've got to use your eyes and brains any time you're surfing or downloading something. Mac OS, like any kind of *nix just can't make too much without root access(for now even with admin pwd the system is closed), so, most of the malware crap would try to ask for your password - and that's the point. So, if you suddenly see the password window - think about it - is it you executed something on purpose or is it a malware.
    11-09-2016 08:41 AM
  10. IvanKaramazov's Avatar
    I've never used antivirus software on my Macs, and haven't had any trouble. YMMV though, obviously, and certainly malware and viruses targeting MacOS seem to be on the rise.
    11-09-2016 08:57 AM
  11. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    Okay I kinda understand now. But I'm going to keep my antivirus on the windows side at least. Still I'm going to call apple support to see what they say.

    I'll let everyone know once I find out something.

    Thanks for the support.
    11-09-2016 09:00 AM
  12. SprSynJn's Avatar
    AVG is free for Mac. I've been using it and have had no problems. Used it since college on my PC as well.
    11-09-2016 09:48 AM
  13. jsarino's Avatar
    Even some of the free versions could make a difference, like Avast Free.
    I use Avast Free, and it has saved my tail when I went to a site that appeared safe, but that had alot of malware. I go by the philosophy that you should never assume that anything that goes into your PC or laptop, be it a file, email, website, and so forth is clean.
    11-09-2016 10:23 AM
  14. iGore313's Avatar
    I use Avast Free, and it has saved my tail when I went to a site that appeared safe, but that had alot of malware. I go by the philosophy that you should never assume that anything that goes into your PC or laptop, be it a file, email, website, and so forth is clean.
    I use AVAST Free to. I have only needed it one, but it came in handy. Better safe than sorry.
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    11-09-2016 12:01 PM
  15. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    In the article does'n't show Avira but honestly it does pretty well.
    11-09-2016 03:03 PM
  16. mrjayviper's Avatar
    I use AVG free
    11-09-2016 04:59 PM
  17. firedept10's Avatar
    I have been running Macs for 20 years and never, never have I installed anti-virus on any of my Macs. I run Windows 10 in Parallels and never run anti-virus on that side of things either. Many will disagree with me. I am not going to slow my machine down for something that is not required on a Mac. Malware is the thing to concern yourself with and that is only if you are dealing with sites that are not reputable.

    Like I said, others will disagree with me, but I would rather save my money for things I actually need.
    11-09-2016 05:02 PM
  18. maha_wasim's Avatar
    I've had a Norton Anti-virus software for my Windows and that scans my Windows PC from all sort of viruses. But when I bought my MacBook Air a year ago, I didn't need any Anti-virus seriously. You might be surprised but that is so true because having concerns of malware can be avoided by using your mind actively. If some window pops up or requires your password or something that is kept confidential like credit card details may be, then you need to be extra cautious whether it is authentic or just a malware trying to be injected to hack your device.
    11-09-2016 11:54 PM
  19. DLieSaS's Avatar
    Thanks for the link! – since going Mac- and iOS-only I've never thought about anti-virus-software. Really interesting article… :-)
    11-10-2016 01:59 AM
  20. psamo's Avatar
    I use Avast and it's good enough.
    11-10-2016 06:12 AM
  21. wkelly24's Avatar
    I would caution against Avast. They do some other tricks with web certs that caused me concern. Do a search on twit.tv for avast as well as The Tech Guy to get more details on the issue.

    I don't have an active anti-virus app, I prefer to run a scan manually.
    11-10-2016 06:51 AM
  22. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    I called apple support today and they said it's up to me if I wanted to install the anti virus. Even if it's on both sides of the MacBook it wouldn't slow it down. That said, I'm just going to leave off the mac side and keep it on the windows side only.

    Sorry it took so long to get back.
    11-17-2016 01:00 PM
  23. harrisonfooord's Avatar
    To be honest: I'm using my mac for four years now, and never ran an anti virus program.
    But I only recommend this for "experienced" users, who know exactly what they're doing online, and know what they're allowed to install.
    If you're not so sure and don't want to spend money, go for avira antivirus
    11-18-2016 05:32 AM
  24. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    I have the norton anti virus for 5 devices. $47 online at Walmart.com.
    11-18-2016 12:15 PM
  25. mrjayviper's Avatar
    AVG --free- user here
    11-19-2016 02:09 AM

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