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Re: Mathematica 8 + OS X + McAfee = trouble; help?
WHAT software allows you to drag a downloaded item to an icon, to check it for viruses? I've used many anti-virus programs over the years, and never heard of this feature! Bobby On Thu, 26 Jan 2012 02:30:37 -0600, Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net> wrote: > On 1/25/12 at 7:09 AM, janos at lobb.com (J=C3=A1nos L=C3=B6bb) wrote: > >> Me, as a newbie, I do not use McAfee. On the Mac it is absolutely >> unnecessary. > > This is worded a bit strongly. There are a few (very few) > instances of malware that can impact Mac users. But, these all > seem to currently require some lack of care on the part of the > user before they can cause problems. If you restrict > installation of software to say just what is available from the > Mac App store then there will be no need for a something like > McAfee for you. > > However, it is still a good idea to have an antivirus program > available even if you never encounter malware that can impact a > Mac if for no other reason but to avoid passing on malware to > colleagues and others using PCs. > >> I never used any antivirus program on any Mac in my life, starting >> from MacPlus to my nice MacBookPro. > > I've been using Macs since the days when a Mac II running OS 6 > was considered a top of the line machine. I can only recall two > instances of encountering malware (both prior to OS X) and > easily corrected without antivirus software. But I still make > use of antivirus software. But I do not have it configured to > run in the background automatically checking downloads. > > Instead, I simply drag anything I download that has executable > code to the antivirus icon for the software in the dock prior to > installing it. This verifies the software is not malware and > safe to install without impacting performance of other software > such as Mathematica. It takes very little effort on my part to > do this. > > -- DrMajorBob at yahoo.com