Duncan: No. There are no viruses that will infect OS X.
There are no technical reasons why the Mac OS cannot be targeted by cyber criminals. Indeed, there are exploits in the wild: albeit they are principally Trojans, and require a user to erroneously install them.
Yes, criminals target the lowest hanging fruit, it is harder to target Macs, and the numbers of Mac users are relatively small, but that situation could change. Windows is becoming more secure – Windows 8 and Windows 10 are the most secure Windows ever – and the Mac market share in wealthy western countries is around 20-30 percent. When you consider that Macs are expensive, and so their owners tend to be wealthier than the average PC users, they start to look like an attractive target. I'm not scare-mongering – the threat is not there in any significant scale. But someday it could be, and that may make AV a worth wile investment.
It's also worth remembering that the end user is always the weakest link. In many ways security software exists to save you from bad decisions – installing apps that appear to offer something for nothing, but turn out to be spyware or viruses. Even Mac users can fall victim in this way. So for the price of a cup of coffee each week, it makes sense to install security software and then forget all about it.
Our colleagues over at Macworld UK have the definitive guide to the best antivirus for Mac. It is regularly updated, and is worth checking out as some of the best Mac antivirus products are free. Right now the number one recommended product is Bit-Defender Antivirus and the number two is Norton Antivirus.
But,in my opinion, to ensure safety of the Mac from malicious Malwares and viruses,we should use a reliable antivirus for Mac.
Yes it does. Mac OS X is also a widely used Operating System, so the Bad Guys have discovered some vulnerabilities in it which they have exploited. However, the chances of a Mac becoming infected are very low, though it's better to be safe than sorry.
Yes, the reason people said they didn't need one was because windows was more popular, but nowadays people would make a virus for Windows and Mac because Mac is popular. I recommend avast if you want a free one or kaspersky if you are willing to pay
Macs are highly secured as compared to Windows, it’s OS X have the inbuilt capability to judge the malware and notify the user or internally pretends. Answer for the question is not simple to say yes or no because it depends many factors one of them is your own opinion for security. If you need extra security then you install Antivirus but first understand the working of Mac OS X against viruses and malwares. Second it that many technician works on Mac say there no malware established for Mac so you no need to worry but you always aware when use unsecured Wi-Fi. One fact about Antivirus is that no one antivirus is able to catches 100% malwares, always remember that Antivirus software is but for Windows where they give but protection against malwares around 90%. Second things are that no Antivirus is able to protect brand-new malware.
Now it is not clear that a Mac user installs an antivirus or not, getting the review of Mac user they need to install antivirus after 2011 when a fake antivirus infect the malware.
So it is depends you if you want to install Antivirus in your Mac or not.
No machine needs anti-virus; it just needs a smart user. AV's are pretty much a waste of money.
But macs aren't immune to viruses, if that's what you're asking. At first they simply weren't targeted as often as Windows. But now that their market share has grown, they've become big targets too. Granted I'm sure they're more secure than Windows 10. At this point I wonder if Microsoft is intentionally making their OS insecure, perhaps at the NSA's request.
Linux distros are still the safest operating systems.
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES etc…so tired BUT YES.
MACS DO NEED AN ANTI-VIRUS, THEY CAN STILL GET INFECTED. I've only been infected once and it was a trojan virus.
On any computer OS you own, for the safety for your computer and you self I would highly recommend purchasing some security software. Viruses can be download from the Internet unbeknownst to you