Can Macs Catch a Virus?
While Microsoft computers are known for being bombarded by a wall of ferocious viruses every time they go online, Mac computers are infamously naturally stronger. Macs come already equipped with a mild defense against nasty bugs. However, as the popularity of Apple products continue to rocket sky high, so do the amount of intrusive Mac targeted viruses. Unfortunately no Mac computer is 100% bullet proof by itself as mentioned here in this Apple disclaimer…
BUT it can be with the backup of a dedicated Mac antivirus software…
What are Mac Viruses?
In a nutshell a Mac virus is a nasty bit of code that can latch onto you beloved computer and wreak havoc. They can damage your Mac internally and make it play up and run frustratingly slow. They can even lurk quietly waiting to take note of your important private details, yikes! They spread and infect via unassuming emails, clicking onto dodgy websites and can attach themselves onto any type of download i.e. apps, games, music etc. External devices such as CDs, DVDS and USB pen drive can even carry an infection.
If you to dig a littler deeper into the dark uninviting world of Mac viruses you will discover that there are several types of Mac viruses – the common virus, Mac spyware, Trojans and worms. They are collectively know as Malware.
For in-depth information on the different types of Mac malware and how they can terrorize your computer and files please check out Mac Antivirus Category.
How do You Know if your Mac is Infected by a Virus?
If your Mac has suddenly, uncharacteristically began to run slowly, started playing up or freezing, especially after a suspect download or website then your machine may be infected with a virus. However Mac viruses can be stealthy and room around in quiet disguise and you can go along time before even realising you have one, but then it could be too late… Because of this we suggest that every Mac user should scan their computers regularly with a professional Anti Virus Software, just to be on the safe side.
How to Scan your Mac for Viruses
The only answer really is to ‘install a dedicated Mac antivirus tool’ (a professional app from a reputable website and company of course, we wouldn’t want a dodgy free one infecting your computer…that would be ironic!)
For a comparison review with helpful charts, please check out ‘Best Mac Antivirus Software Comparison Review’.
The best Free Mac antivirus software is probably ‘ClamXav’. While there are no thrills attached to this little app, it can do a good job of ratting out any lurking nastiest. It can scan your main computer and even certain selected files.The only downside is that this tool not very beginner friendly. But if you are a confident Mac user and know your stuff then by all means give it a whirl right now!
The best paid for apps are certainly Mackeeper, Norton and Kaspersky. Anyone of these softwares are the bees knees in the Mac antivirus software world, and know what they are doing. They are very obvious and easy to use and will hunt down and destroy all hidden Mac viruses. They will also help to fix any damaged caused by the once rouge viruses.
These softwares do vary in price quite a lot and come with different bonus features, so I would certainly suggest you check out the comparison review to help pick your favourite.