Looking for Mac Spyware/Adware etc - any needed?

By macx ยท 10 replies
Nov 2, 2005
  1. Our extended family has 3 Macs, with OS X 10.2.8.

    Is there any anti spyware available, or is any needed?
    The Apple site (I was looking at the iMac G5 info) makes
    a big point about how effective the OS X embedded
    anti spyware etc is.

    I'm the lone Windoze user, just because I have to
    use it at work. Just built a new system, REALLY
    starting to wish I'd just have bought a new G5 of
    some type - in spite of what seems like half a drive
    full of anti spyware, anti virus, anti adware, etc etc,
    and an always cautious approach to email and downloads,
    I got zapped (again) recently. Had already been in
    the process of building a new Windoze system, but
    after reading all the horror stories in the other Forums
    on this site, such as Internet Security, and fighting
    with Windows apps which never seem to work like
    they advertise (home video etc), I'm about ready to
    return to the fold and sell my fancy new Windoze
    system, anti malware and all, and go back to Mac. :blackeye:
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Mac does really well in defending itself and being significantly immune.
    Make sure you keep up-to-date with the Apple->Software Update and you should do fine.
    If you're using a router between all your systems and the Internet, you've got extra hardware protection
    as well (defeats script kiddies, but a pro could still breach the NAT feature).

    Spyware is usually acquired (unknown to you) by accessing the Internet via the browser.
    As Mac doesn't run the ActiveX component of the IE browser and the default browser on Mac is Safari,
    you're already running 'anti-spyware' -- non-IE browsers! :approve:

    As for your Win/* PCs, look for Spywareblaster to control ActiveX :cool: and get
    Spybot Search & Destory to control startup programs and other stuff. :cool:
    Educate the family re email attachments and scan them with antivirus tools and life WILL get better. :wave:
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    OSX doesn't have embedded antispyware, as far as I know.

    It has a firewall though, but if I remember correctly, it's disabled by default.

    The firewall can be found from System Preferences - Sharing.
  4. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    We do have a home router, so that's taken care of.

    On my PeeCee I've got AVG, Spyware Blaster, Spybot
    S&D, AdAware, & a couple others. HD is half full of
    protection apps!

    I'll tell my wife & daughters about activating the
    firewall -

    We all run Netscape - wouldn't get CLOSE to IE!!

    Thanks for the info!!
  5. nogard

    nogard TS Rookie



    I run a network of some 160 Macs all running OS X 10.4.1. We have no problems with any spyware or Virus's. We keep getting told by the poor relations with PC's that the time will come for us to start picking up similar problems to them and I am sure that they are correct. When the real need arises for us to start with all that spyware junk the whole world will hear about it.
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11


    Why not 10.4.3?
  7. nogard

    nogard TS Rookie


    The reason is that we have now been put under a windows 2003 server system and InDesign, and others, will not save or open files on the server, in the student/client folders. This is a problem with SMB and the 10.4.2 and 10.4.3 updates create the problem but 10.4.1 does not.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    "the time will come for us to start picking up similar problems"​
    Likely to be tied to FreeBSD implementation and will show up there first
  9. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Posts: 45

    If you're worried about spyware on Macs something called Mac Scan was recently released + was easy to set up and run. It didn't find anything though, though that wasn't much of a surprise.
  10. peepnklown

    peepnklown TS Rookie Posts: 126

  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    We are still safe for now. Of the 3 worms mentioned in the past couple weeks only 1 was released into the wild and required too much user interaction to be of any threat. The other 2 were just Proof of Concepts and were sent to antivirus companies.

    Make backups like you should and everything will be fine.
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