1. aksha1910's Avatar
    Hi,
    I'm using the early 2015 macbook pro retina display and I was wondering if there is any need of installing an antivirus on my laptop.
    Thanks in advance!
    03-31-2016 06:08 AM
  2. firedept10 said: Best Answer

    Hi,
    I'm using the early 2015 macbook pro retina display and I was wondering if there is any need of installing an antivirus on my laptop.
    Thanks in advance!
    Welcome to iMore!

    I have been using Macs for close to 20 years and have never installed an antivirus. With safe computing practices, there is no need for any antivirus software. Besides, I know of no known viruses in the wild that can currently effect a Mac. That's not to say Macs are immune to malware though. But again, safe computing practices can prevent your Mac from becoming victim to a malware.
  3. palsy's Avatar
    Yes I really think you should buy one. Mac is very safe but lately there are some virus that came up. I have Trend Micro and I have like 5 alerts per year roughly. If you want you can go for a free one to save on cost.
    03-31-2016 06:15 AM
  4. firedept10's Avatar
    Hi,
    I'm using the early 2015 macbook pro retina display and I was wondering if there is any need of installing an antivirus on my laptop.
    Thanks in advance!
    Welcome to iMore!

    I have been using Macs for close to 20 years and have never installed an antivirus. With safe computing practices, there is no need for any antivirus software. Besides, I know of no known viruses in the wild that can currently effect a Mac. That's not to say Macs are immune to malware though. But again, safe computing practices can prevent your Mac from becoming victim to a malware.
    03-31-2016 07:48 AM
  5. TripleOne's Avatar
    I've never installed an antivirus on my Macs. I have never had a virus on my Macs.
    03-31-2016 08:03 AM
  6. aksha1910's Avatar
    Thanks a lot guys. Incase i need an antivirus would suggest me some? Free/paid both
    Thank you!
    04-01-2016 06:50 AM
  7. Closingracer's Avatar
    You don't really need anti virus on Windows or any OS be it mobile or a full fledged one. Smart decisions will be good enough of a defense. Also windows does come with one for free and is good enough imo
    04-05-2016 01:48 AM
  8. maflynn's Avatar
    If you must consider one, I'd look at malwarebytes. I'd avoid Norton as it causes more issues then it solves.

    I've never used antivirus on the Mac and if you practice safe computing habits, i.e., being careful of where you surf, and download files. You're already ahead of the game.
    04-11-2016 07:41 AM
  9. Snoweagle's Avatar
    Hi,
    I'm using the early 2015 macbook pro retina display and I was wondering if there is any need of installing an antivirus on my laptop.
    Thanks in advance!
    I'm using the free Avira on mine and not too bad. Though I know Macs do not need antivirus, I just use it for fun.
    aksha1910 likes this.
    04-25-2016 07:05 AM
  10. scruffypig's Avatar
    ClamXav is decent, though I uninstalled it. OS X has built in malware protection.
    05-06-2016 09:14 PM
  11. maflynn's Avatar
    ClamXav is decent, though I uninstalled it. OS X has built in malware protection.
    It is, but its no longer free and a number of people who have used it, or were fans, got their noses out of joint.
    05-07-2016 06:18 AM
  12. Doug B's Avatar
    I've never used any virus protection on any of my Mac computers. Never had any issues but your mileage may vary.
    05-07-2016 01:06 PM
  13. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I have antivirus on my MBP. It's required for remoting in to work. And my work supplies it free of charge. It's an extra layer of protection for me and I'm glad for it.
    05-07-2016 01:13 PM
  14. Doug B's Avatar
    I've never used any virus protection on any of my Mac computers. Never had any issues but your mileage may vary.
    With that said I just realized I can install Norton on my MBP from my PC subscriptions. I think I'll give it a whirl to try it out. Better safe than sorry I guess.
    05-07-2016 01:29 PM
  15. randally's Avatar
    Avast also offers a free version for Macs. I have it installed, but it usually sits inactive.
    05-07-2016 04:48 PM
  16. maflynn's Avatar
    Avast also offers a free version for Macs. I have it installed, but it usually sits inactive.
    I heard it wasn't as good as it's PC version, any issues running it on your Mac?
    05-08-2016 06:12 AM
  17. randally's Avatar
    I heard it wasn't as good as it's PC version, any issues running it on your Mac?
    None that I have noticed. It gets regular updates and pretty much stays out of the way.
    05-08-2016 07:36 AM
  18. robertk328's Avatar
    16 year Mac user, never used an anti-virus, and never had an issue.
    05-08-2016 08:00 AM
  19. maflynn's Avatar
    16 year Mac user, never used an anti-virus, and never had an issue.
    Same here, I've been on a mac since the old Macintosh SE days, and I've never had a problem.

    I think its wise to practice safe habits, like not clicking on attachments that you don't know about, visiting sites that are of questionable quality (for a lack of a better term) and not downloading apps from pirate sites.
    05-08-2016 09:59 AM
  20. scruffypig's Avatar
    Same here, I've been on a mac since the old Macintosh SE days, and I've never had a problem.

    I think its wise to practice safe habits, like not clicking on attachments that you don't know about, visiting sites that are of questionable quality (for a lack of a better term) and not downloading apps from pirate sites.
    Back in the SE days, I was glad that I had antivirus. Remember Norton's "SAM" Symantic's Antivirus for Mac? My upstairs neighbor had an SE full of games she downloaded from her college's network, only to get infected. She found out after giving me a bunch of floppy disks that I discovered infected.

    These days OS X is much better and safer. I don't even bother.
    05-12-2016 08:46 AM
  21. maflynn's Avatar
    Remember Norton's "SAM" Symantic's Antivirus for Mac?
    Oh, I do, back then there were viruses for the Mac. I guess for how I used my Mac, I never got a virus.
    scruffypig likes this.
    05-13-2016 06:42 AM

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