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Asked: Mar 31 2016 | 5:08 am EDT 3057 Views 19 Answers View 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!


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Mar 31 2016 | 6:48 am EDT anon(9602380)

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.

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Mar 31 2016 | 5:15 am EDT palsy

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.
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Mar 31 2016 | 7:03 am EDT TripleOne

I've never installed an antivirus on my Macs. I have never had a virus on my Macs.
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Apr 01 2016 | 5:50 am EDT aksha1910

Thanks a lot guys. Incase i need an antivirus would suggest me some? Free/paid both
Thank you!
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Apr 05 2016 | 12:48 am EDT Closingracer

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
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Apr 11 2016 | 6:41 am EDT Darth_Bane

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.
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Apr 25 2016 | 6:05 am EDT Snoweagle

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.
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May 06 2016 | 8:14 pm EDT scruffypig

ClamXav is decent, though I uninstalled it. OS X has built in malware protection.
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May 07 2016 | 5:18 am EDT Darth_Bane

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.
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May 07 2016 | 12:06 pm EDT Doug B

I've never used any virus protection on any of my Mac computers. Never had any issues but your mileage may vary.
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May 07 2016 | 12:13 pm EDT eyecrispy

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.
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May 07 2016 | 12:29 pm EDT Doug B

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.
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May 07 2016 | 3:48 pm EDT randally

Avast also offers a free version for Macs. I have it installed, but it usually sits inactive.
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May 08 2016 | 5:12 am EDT Darth_Bane

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?
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May 08 2016 | 6:36 am EDT randally

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.
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May 08 2016 | 7:00 am EDT robertk328

16 year Mac user, never used an anti-virus, and never had an issue.
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May 08 2016 | 8:59 am EDT Darth_Bane

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.
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May 12 2016 | 7:46 am EDT scruffypig

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.
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May 13 2016 | 5:42 am EDT Darth_Bane

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.