Apple removes anti-virus recommendation

Summary:On November 21 the blogosphere was abuzz when Apple updated a technical note on its Support Web site that saysApple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.Virus software manufacturer Intego quickly jumped on the bandwagon and promoted the fact that their VirusBarrier X5 software was recommended by Apple.

VirusBarrer: antivirus for Mac OS XOn November 21 the blogosphere was abuzz when Apple updated a technical note on its Support Web site that says

Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.

Virus software manufacturer Intego quickly jumped on the bandwagon and promoted the fact that their VirusBarrier X5 software was recommended by Apple.

CNet News.com reports that Apple removed the KnowledgeBase article from its support site late Tuesday. KBase Article HT2550 now points to a bare error page.

Apple removes anti-virus recommendation

Apple spokesperson Bill Evans said:

We have removed the KnowledgeBase 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... However, since no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, running antivirus software may offer additional protection.

Bottom line: if you're running any sort of Windows virtualization software (like Parallels or VMWare) you should definitely be running Windows-based firewall and anti-virus software.

Topics: Software, Apple, Security

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