Apple removes anti-virus recommendation

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.

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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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  • Bottom Line:

    Way to go-perpetuate the notion that Macs are "immune" to malware. Do you even bother to read what you write?
    justanitguy
    • They aren't immune!

      If you use something like Boot Camp you might get
      infected even if you are using a Mac. So be careful.
      AzuMao
    • But it's true!

      Apple has secret, magical programmers that no one else has. The write code that is not only uncrackable, it's also impossible to read unless you have a triple PHD in ancient, dead languages.

      Apple also has the patented Gnomish Death Lockⓒ (www.apple.com/security/gnomishdeathlock1015.html) system, which is an actual live gnome that strangles viruses attempting to access your files.

      It also explains why apple doesn't support hardware. It's not that they can't write drivers that support all features of hardware like other operating systems have, it's that they're too good. That's right, the technology is inferior, even if it outperforms apple's hardware. Apple puts millions each year into making sure their customers have the latest 2 year old technology, that's how they're still the biggest name in computing. They just know, you know?
      Spiritusindomit@...
  • What acctually happened was..

    Some user came upon it - sent a nasty email about how he was sold on a Mac because of the 'inability to be infected'. Marketing dept saw this and was like 'HEY guys we need to take this down..it might hurt sales.' And now we see an error page...Great save!

    Fact: All environments can be infected. Security is a user thing, not a system thing.
    JT82
  • So what's changed in the last year?

    Obviously up until December 2007, Apple believed that OS X users should run multiple AV solutions. Something has changed in the last year to make OS X immune to all forms of malware. What exactly did Apple change about OS X in the last year to take OS X from being something so vulnerable that it requires multiple AV solutions just to be safe and turn it into something that is totally immune to malware?

    People are claiming that we should ignore the KB because it is "old" but they fail to explain why the KB was relevant up until December 2007 and is no longer relevant today. Come on Apple, explain it to us! :)
    NonZealot
    • So what's changed in the last year?

      Software has been updated several times, some of which, I
      am quite sure, has been 'security' related.
      jncurotto
  • NonZealot (Not!!): Get some therapy for your troubled mind...

    I know you think you're smarter and more clever than everyone else here. But, guess what, you're not!
    pbromelkamp
    • Prove I'm not smarter than you

      Tell me what has changed since December 2007. Otherwise, I [b]am[/b] smarter than you. :)
      NonZealot
      • NonZealot (Not!!): It's easy to demonstrate I'm smarter than you...

        1) I'm smart enough to not spend every waking moment trolling boards like this one for opportunities to bad-mouth one particular company. Apple deserves a ton of credit for the innovation and imagination with which they deliver productive products to their satisfied customers.

        2) I'm smart enough to recognize that every time you post one of your mean-spirited, anti-Apple diatribes, you further reduce what little credibility you might have.

        3) I'm smart enough to know that if I truly want someone to see my point and possibly agree with me, then it's important for me to appear as if I know what I'm talking about, and also to appear as if I'm fair-minded.

        4) I'm smart enough to not try to disguise mean-spirited posts with those ridiculous smiley faces.

        (By the way, as I've said before, I've been a professional computer consultant for more than twenty years. I've worked with punch cards (FORTRAN!), paper tape (Time sharing!), Apple II, CP/M, DOS, OS/2, every version of Windows, every Mac System and Mac OS, and Linux. I've seen a lot, and have always owned both Windows and Mac.)

        Normally, you're not worth responding to. I just read your spew, chuckle and ignore it. It's amazing how you keep it up no matter how many people call you on it. Do us a favor and disappear.
        pbromelkamp
        • Re: Smarter than you

          Why is it that Apple users are always so defensive? Each OS has its strengths and flaws, along with different purposes. MS has far more apps available to it, but it is as leaky as a sieve when it comes to security. On the other hand the Fruit may be less susceptible to attack but the programs that are available are far fewer and much more pricey as is the equipment. The number of Apple machines are a fraction of those for MicroShaft, I mean Soft.
          I use MS because of work and it is very unlikely that I am going to dump all that I have and buy Apple products at 3 times the cost of MS equipment just because it may be a little bit better. Despite your vast experience, I also was programming back in the 70's on punch cards and other systems over the years, including 3 years in an office that had only Apple and I used them even if I didn't really take to them.

          Unbelievable, but I even did hard core DTP on an Atari 1040 with Laser printer for people doing term papers to businesses that needed manuals and other items upgraded, which then went out as Word documents if needed. So why won't people chill out and recognize that there will always be strong opinions that will never change and accept that ranting against another system will change nothing in the long run, it only annoys people.

          Both Operating Systems will continue to exist and it is up to individuals to choose the one that suits their needs the most. A different comparison is in politics, where there are about 20% who will vote Republican or Democrat no matter who the candidate is, they just want the party and nothing will change their opinion.

          So goes human nature, past, present and future.
          THX 1138
          • Or just go *nix and get the best of both worlds <NT>

            NT
            AzuMao
        • So what has changed in the last year to make Macs immune?

          You still haven't answered the question. If you can't, just admit that I was right. If you can, then do so. :)
          NonZealot
          • He won't

            Not even Apple can answer that or they would
            have put a link with more info about what
            changed. If Apple could not figure out how its
            OS magically became immune, are you really
            expecting that an idiot like pbromelkamp will?
            He is not even smarter than a chimpanzee. Well,
            of course, unless he prove otherwise ;)
            markbn
          • markbn: Hitching your wagon to NonZealot (Not!!) and calling ME an idiot?!

            I feel sorry for both of you.

            Like schoolchildren, you pose a nonsensical question over and over again, maintaining that someone who doesn't buy into your premise "is not even smarter than a chimpanzee."

            I'll put my intelligence and experience up against yours any day, Bozo.

            Dysfunctional, immature, biased (probably paid off) TROLLS!
            pbromelkamp
          • pbromelkamp == Spin doctor

            "monkey see monkey do": Apple makes an unsupported
            claim, you repeat it.

            Why don't you stop spinning the issue and answer the
            simple question chimp?

            ========
            I'll put my intelligence and experience up against
            yours any day, Bozo.
            ========

            You are incapable of explaining what exactly changed
            from Dec 2007 that magically made OS X not needing any
            malware protection? I did not make any claim that OS X
            needs malware protection. Apple did. That was on their
            website and was retired without any credible
            explanation.

            Idiot
            markbn
          • NonZealot (Not!!)

            Loser.
            pbromelkamp
  • Adrian hasn't retracted his story

    Despite the fact that Apple pulled the page because it was old and irrelevant!
    dcsos
  • Maybe it's just this simple.

    Maybe the anti-Apple trolls just can't afford the computers they really want and hate the people who can?
    bricar2
  • markbn and NonZealot (Not!!) are probably the same person...

    Both losers!

    I will entertain no more comments, questions or insults. I've had enough fun with this one. 'Bye!

    Trolls!
    pbromelkamp
    • Nope, but pbromelkamp is the reencarnation of Groucho Marx

      only worse: without a brain.

      Goodbye chimp.
      markbn