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Dear All,

 

I've seen a few posts on what is best etc but they appear mostly to be a bit dated (ie last year), anyone know if there is any new software out there that does a good job at detection and removal of spyware, adware, malware etc for the mac? (Or even stuff that might detect keyloggers etc)

 

I have little snitch installed but want total peace of mind.

 

Cyas!

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If you want total piece of mind, don't connect to the Internet. There is no software that will catch every attempt to compromise your computer. Even when you realize that Mac OS X isn't a target for Internet criminals, you can never be sure if someone is testing a possible Mac OS X malware. It will take at least 24 hours for a new vector to be detected and software to be patched.

 

The best you can do is correct you behavior. Use a router as a firewall. Don't visit shady websites, don't open e-mail attachments, don't do irc and the like, etc, only download software from reputable websites Also update your computer regularly (once a week at least) and back up your data, also regular. This will probably prevent 99.9 % of the attacks, but you will never reach 100 %, ever.

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Really James, since there are currently no known Malware threats for the Mac, any apps that claim to "protect" you I would be suspicious of. Like Adam, Steve and Victor have all said repeatedly, you really don't need that type of application on the Mac. Little Snitch should be enough to tell you something weird is going on if ever it is. Like Ignoracious said, even if there were threats, your behavior is the most important thing anyway. But if you want to improve your piece of mind simply just keep your ear to podcasts and forums such as these. Also, what I do is start a Bookmark folder in your bookmark bar in Safari and Label it "Security RSS". In it I place RSS feeds to all the major Mac publications and sources. That way every time you open up Safari, the feeds will be updated and you will be appraised of any new discoveries.

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I've gotten a pop up a few times that says I need to check for spyware. It closes all my safari windows.

Even when I click on cancel it takes me to their website. Is there any reason I should be concerned?

It has only happened three or four times in the last five months or so.

Here is the pop up. I didn't think I was supposed to have this problem with a Mac. What should I do?

 

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Ignore it. It's just a javascript popup that dodgy websites use to try and scare you. You could of course only stick to reputable sites. These generally just appear on torrent / porn sites.

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