software used to prevent, detect and remove malware such as computer viruses, computer worms, trojan horses, spyware and adware.

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How to open files from unknown developers without a warning in OSX?

I believe I have too much security on my mac. Whenever I try changing a file name or install a program I have to enter my laptop's password. Moreover, I cannot quickly access downloaded programs ...
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Is it generally advisable to get anti-virus software for Mac OS X?

Is it worth to buy an anti-virus software for Mac OS X? I heard both opinions like "it's not possible to get a virus on Mac OS X" and "Mac OS X is also vulnerable against virus... " Which is true? ...
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Stop Safari from restoring default preferences after quitting

Every time that I quit Safari, it restores all default preferences. It also resets the homepage to the default apple.com site! (I cannot stand this.) This problem began after installing McAfee, and ...
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Antivirus not prominent on iOS devices

How come there are no antiviruses for iOS devices like iPhones and iPads while Android has many available? Update The article here shows that there have been attacks on the iOS Devices as well ...
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Antivirus in Mac

How can i know if an antivirus is installed on the system? I can get all apps that are installed in the system, but i dont know get their categories. Thanks for all. Best regards!
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Does Avast noticeably affect battery life?

I am thinking about installing the free Avast anti-virus software on my MacBook Air (2012). Once Avast has completed its first scan of all of the files, does its continued operation noticeably affect ...
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Enforcing firewall (native or 3rd-party)

We're currently doing PCI compliance, and one of the requirements is that mobile devices that have access to systems involved in processing card data have personal firewall software installed which ...
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ClamXav Sentry and clamd Problems

A couple of days ago I started having problems with ClamXav Sentry (ClamXav version 2.3.6 with engine 0.97.8). Every time I closed my laptop--MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8.3--Sentry would crash saying ...
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infection in ~Library/Application Support/Mobilesync/Backup/xxxxx

ClamX is finding phishing infection in the Backup folder on my MacBook Pro with 10.7. ~Library/Application Support/Mobilesync/Backup/xxxxxxxx Does this mean that either my iPhone or Mac is infected? ...
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What does XProtect protect/secure on Mac OS X?

My research so far has found XProtect appears at first glance to be a basic AV engine that scans DMG & apps through Safari, Chrome and Firefox. I'm looking to understand what does it actually do ...
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Can malware move from Windows to Mac

I recently got a Mac, and am transferring files from my old Windows laptop which had kept freezing with very high hard-drive activity, and may or may not be infected with malware. I'm wondering if ...
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HAVP and OS Xserver

I am running OS X server 10.8 ClamXAV is built in. I have installed and am running squidman (Squid proxy server). I'd like to install HAVP and get it up and running. The error I get when I ...
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Does Sophos Antivirus work correctly on Lion with (legacy) FileVault enabled?

Some time ago, I installed Sophos Antivirus on my Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and came up against the "computer stops responding after reboot, with Sophos Antivirus installed and FileVault ...
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Are there any cloud based antivirus solutions for OSX?

I recently heard about ImmuNet and am interested in learning if there are any cloud based anti-virus solutions for OS X. It appears to be quite a good niche for the OSX community at this point.
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Antivirus that runs only by request

I just want a lightweight antivirus for my Mac that doesn't keep running on background but only scanning a file by request. Is there any?
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When running a virtualized operating system on my Mac, is it important to have anti virus software?

Just curious if it is important to have anti virus for a virtualized operating system I got to thinking, that operating system is actively connecting to the Internet, so I thought maybe it had ...
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Anti-virus comparison for Mac OS X

This is not a "I use OSX, do I need Anti-Virus?" question. I am looking at comparison and user opinion of existing AV products. I know I can avoid most (if not all) threats by being careful on the ...
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Is antivirus software a necessity with the “rise” of MacDefender and others?

I have heard broadly about the so-called "rise" of the Mac viruses. Apparently, there is a "whole new deluge" of Mac viruses. So far, I have gotten nothing that I can see. But I'm beginning to wonder ...
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Manually cleaning up a threat detected by Sophos Anti-virus?

I was viewing another answer on this website and one of the links lead me to a malicious website. I have Sophos Antivirus installed, and a warning immediately popped up telling me that a threat was ...
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How to delete Windows “locked” files?

My friend gave me a USB key that has Windows Viruses on it. On my mac, when I try to delete them it fails and tells me that those files are "locked". I ran an anti-virus, which also was unable to ...
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SophosAV slows the dictionary pop-up

I've got the virus scanner from Sophos installed on my Mac with on-access-scan enabled. The on-access-scan delays the dictionary pop-up for several seconds for every first prompt after boot up. You ...
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Malware warnings - cause for concern?

I'm fairly sure I know the answer to this, but wanted to confirm - I was doing work on a customers site, and ran into a Google flag for malware (site includes portions from a site beginning proto... ...
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Why does OS X warn me before running an app downloaded from the Internet?

I'm always hearing that there is practically no malware threat in Mac OS: clearly claims that there is no Mac malware are exaggerated, but the received wisdom is that they are a negligible threat and ...
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Active monitoring and scheduled scanning in ClamXav?

I want to use an antivirus app on my Mac, and I heard that ClamXav is a good one to use. However, I'm not sure how to use it. All previous anti-virus scanners that I have used have two main features: ...
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ClamXav not protecting against Malware and Trojans, what to do

Possible Duplicate: Anti-virus comparison for Mac OS X I am using ClamXav for protecting my Mac from Antivirus. But I don't think that it protects from Malware, Spyware, or Trojans. So, ...