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Apple Removes Antivirus Support Note

The November-dated post caused quite a ruckus and it seems Apple has removed the out of date posting from the support pages. The post on Apple Support recommended that users use not just one antivirus scanner to help protect against malware, but “multiple.” The full post was pretty light on details as to why Apple would suddenly advise users to invest in Norton, McAfee or Intego. Well, now we know why.

Spokesapple, Bill Evans, told CNet that the company removed the article because it was "old and inaccurate."

"The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box," Evans said. "However, since no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, running antivirus software may offer additional protection," he added.

So there you have it. Run it or don’t run it, we’re not even sure what Apple said anymore. “Old and inaccurrate” posts advising you to use software that “may offer additional protection.” Sigh, whatever.

  • Pei-chen
    So I am to assume that Apple's ad lied this past year saying Macs are immune from virus when the company officially acknowledges Macs need anti-virus software?
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  • Shadow703793
    Apple is scared it'll loose mindless Apple drones!!!
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  • jaragon13
    "The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box," Evans said. "However, since no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, running antivirus software may offer additional protection," he added.
    BULLCRAP
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  • What is bullcrap exactly? That OSX has security built in? It actually has a far less intrusive but very effective system of stopping unauthorised programs running, i.e. what UAC should have been.
    Or are you saying that it is bullcrap that running antivirus software may offer additional protection?
    I don't understand what you are bullcrapping about.
    Either way, an PC with no extra protection is far more likely to be infected than a mac without it. Sure it is in a large part due to market share, but it doesn't make it any less true.

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  • 4864eva..., uh what top super secret miracle osx built in security might you be referring to???

    Oh thats right, the one where if you put your fingers to your ears, close your eyes and go, la,la,la,la,la..., the problem just goes away and doesn't exit.
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  • frozenlead
    I'm willing to bet that OSX is actually less secure than Windows. Windows has millions of attacks placed against it, and Microsoft has learned some hard lessons on how to program. Windows is a battle-hardened, beaten-up OS. OSX doesn't have that experience; not because it's superior, but because it's less popular. Gradually, as it becomes more mainstream, OSX will feel the pain of the wild and it won't be so shiny anymore.
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  • frozenlead
    And I'm finally building my uncle a new machine to replace his 6 year old laptop. It has its original copy of XP installed. Never crashed, never infected, never compromised (at least, from my views of it). PC's don't need protection, they need smart users; which macs generally lack. (as well as PCs, but there are far less mac enthusiasts)
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  • dmuir
    And the myth of security by market-share lives on...
    Mac isn't more secure because of the smaller market share. It's more secure because it actually is harder to infect. Pretty much goes for most *nix systems. They're more secure because they're built to be secure.

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  • seatrotter
    The need for an AV (for Mac) would mostly make sense IF the AV also provides protection against malware. Viruses (by old definition) requires altering (attaching itself to) executables, while malware does not need to.

    The problem w/ Macs w/o malware protection is that, even though Mac has proven very resistant to system infection, it does not mean that 3rd party apps also are. Even if the infection of a 3rd party app is non-persistent (does not survive a restart), it is enough to steal information. Bank accounts, passwords, social security numbers, etc. are all accessible EXCEPT if they are accessed/stored by another user account NOT accessible by the security level/content the 3rd party apps are running under. Good luck with juggling user accounts, user information, and 3rd party apps.

    It is true that market-share doesn't make a system less secure, but it does increase the level/intensity of scrutiny a system will undergo. MORE IMPORTANTLY it will expose more users due to vulnerable 3rd party apps (which are almost all). Not Apple's/Mac's fault, but by equating Mac security w/ 3rd party app security and uncompromised system (Mac) w/ no data will be stolen is just plain STUPID.
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  • Maxor127
    Either way, I think that post was just to get people to spend money on the software.
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