Hi guys. I bought myself a shinny 13 inch MacBook Pro last month and I'm loving it so far. But, being the paranoïd freak I am, I don't believe the whole "macs don't get virus" bullcrap so I'm wondering if you guys can suggest any good (possibly free) anti-virus and anti-spyware software for Mac OS. I remember Sophos anti-virus being suggested on this site and I'm liking it so far but I'm now looking for something for an anti-spyware application similaire Spybot Search And Destroy. Thanks A lot!
PS : Please excuse my lack of proper spelling and grammar, English isn't my first language.
I don't really know about mac AV, but wanted to let you know that your english is quite good. I wouldn't have guessed it wasn't your first language. Also, the I in paranoid has two dots on it I think, or my screen is busted, one of the two.
Well, macs really don't get viruses, but you're right in being safe anyway. There's no reason to be lax on system security just because it probably won't happen. Sophos anti-virus is a good pick, I really don't know much anti-spyware software just because I've never heard of spyware on the mac (while viruses do exist, they are just rare).
my school district uses sophos, and apparently they have some deal where any district student can have a license for free(or is it already free?). I almost took them up on that, but it just seems weird to use something provided by the school district on my personal stuff.
Well, OS-X is built upon BSD. When's the last time you ever heard of a virus on UNIX/Linux/BSD aside from Bliss (which was the 2nd ever recorded *nix virus). Not saying getting anti-virus on OS-X is a completely useless endeavor, the chances of you running in to a virus, letalone one that would even properly infect a Darwin based system is extremely rare.
Alright, thanks a lot everyone. I think I'll stick to Sophos for now. I'm just paranoid when it comes to key-loggers ever since I got my battle.net account hijacked (Granted, I logged on a computer that wasn't mine before it happened, my mistake). I run Google Chrome with Java-script disabled except for select sites anyway, my guess is that I should be fine. My thanks and have a nice day.
@JusticeJanitor: I actually have the same laptop as you and although I don't use any anti-virus software (I don't really do anything online that would ever enable me to get a virus) I've heard good things about ESET Cybersecurity. It costs $40.