What is the best anti spyware program for a Macbook Pro?

Rosanne Zadel May 5, 2011
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Is Norton anti-spyware the best for my Macbook Pro? Please don’t tell me that Mac Bit Bender is the best, because I accidentally installed it on my laptop. It’s not registered and it’s not going to be. Since its accidental install, it continues to open dirty/inappropriate websites that have NEVER been opened on this laptop since I got it in 06-2010.

  1. Rose Zadel
    May 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Mike's reply is the only reply i will accept, because, unlike all of of you, he does not blame me 4 not paying attention!!!! Again, i will repeat myself!! I DID NOT CLICK 2 DOWNLOAD EITH OR THOSE AV PROGRAMS!!! THEY WERE LINKED 2 PORN CRAP UNDER AN IMAGE ON GOOGLE!!!!

    • Mulder
      August 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Then you're not very smart. You are responsible for what you do on your computer, so that means you are the one who downloaded those so-called anti-spyware programs. Nothing can be installed on your Mac without your authorization, and that means you provided the authorization to do it.

      Since you don't know what you're doing or what you're talking about, maybe it would be better if you didn't use a computer at all.

      • Oronjoffe+blogs
        August 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        Possibly, but your reply is just PLAIN RUDE.

      • Blah
        March 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

        I typically don't waste my time in this sort of stuff but I think that Mulder is a complete waste of oxygen.  Rose, I completely understand where you're coming from... you simply want a knowledgable answer and not what most of these goons are saying.  Kudos to Mike for being the only one who actually answered your post with information and not with overly simplistic stupidity.

        • Blah
          March 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

          Oh yeah, try Avast for Mac.  It works great!

  2. Oron Joffe
    May 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Listen to Mike's words of wisdom. *Don't* listen to anyone who tells you you don't need AV software but you need to be more careful...

  3. James Bruce
    May 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

    You don't need anti-virus or anti-malware for a mac, you simply need to take more precaution. If something says your mac has a virus, alarm bells should be going off. If an action is taken without your initiation, then something is weird. Backup your data, reformat, and be more careful in future. A little common sense can go a long way.

    • Andy1610
      May 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Great. So what would you suggest when I apparently ''send out'' emails to people in my list, that I didn't 'send' in the first place? Suggestions much appreciated. Many thanks.

      • James Bruce
        May 12, 2011 at 9:00 am


        Backup your data, reformat, and be more careful in future. "

  4. Mike
    May 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Honestly I've never heard of "Bit Bender" ~maybe a typo or whatever but doesn't really matter.

    If you want constant (real-time) protection for your Mac I recommend iAntiVirus. Another free option would be Sophos Home Edition but when I tested it it noticeable slowed down programs like iTunes and iPhoto.
    Both programs are free and only detect Mac OS X threads.

    Personally I use ClamXav which only offers on-demand scans and a sentry. While you don't have real-time protection of your entire system the sentry can be set to watch specific folders and scan whatever you put in there [which I did for my downloads folder]. This way everything I download will be scanned, I am protected but it doesn't effect any other Application I use.
    With the very few threads you face using Mac OS X I think it's sufficient enough for protection. One other benefit here is that it will also detect Windows malware.

    Other popular choices include:

    Panda Antivirus for Mac

    bitdefender for Mac

    McAfee VirusScan

    Kaspersky for Mac

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