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I have always just assumed that I don't need an anti virus if I'm running a Mac. From what I've been told people have ran their Macs for 15+ years without an anti virus and never experienced anything (like PC users do) in terms of malware, spyware, or viruses. But maybe this isn't 100% true?

What would you recommend for a good anti virus for OSX Lion?
And if I'm running Parallels with Win 7 / Vista / XP as virtual machines (for testing IE9/ IE8 / IE7 / IE6) do I need to have an anti virus installed on those virtualizations too? In other words, could getting a virus on those virtualizations somehow compromise my HFS Journaled drive for my iMac?

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It is not possible to infect your mac with viruses obtained from the windows VM. It's just not possible. Not possible at all. Just not possible. It's not possible.

Macs don't really need any AV. The only viruses for macs are ones that require an admin password to run. However, to prevent annoyance with the VM, I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials.

The only way you can get viruses on a PC is if you're dumb. It just takes a little more dumb to get viruses on Mac.
 
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It is not possible to infect your mac with viruses obtained from the windows VM. It's just not possible. Not possible at all. Just not possible. It's not possible.

Macs don't really need any AV. The only viruses for macs are ones that require an admin password to run. However, to prevent annoyance with the VM, I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials.

The only way you can get viruses on a PC is if you're dumb. It just takes a little more dumb to get viruses on Mac.
This. Don't go on google looking for warez, free music and porn.
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If you really think you need one check out clam xav.
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I use Sophos anti-virus. You can get it for free here:

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products...e-edition.aspx
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I use Sophos anti-virus. You can get it for free here:

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products...e-edition.aspx
^ This. Sophos makes an excellent, free, anti-malware program that's very small footprint.
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For Windows I've always used AVG-Free. Works great, very light, and doesn't slow anything down.

You don't need antivirus on a Mac, as a virus cannot execute itself without your permission.
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It is not possible to infect your mac with viruses obtained from the windows VM. It's just not possible. Not possible at all. Just not possible. It's not possible.
I think marbleduck might be saying it is possible to get a virus though VM /troll

I haven't had any virus problems on my Mac running 10.4.11

I don't think you need an anti-virus especially if you only download things from trusted sites and software.
    
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This. Don't go on google looking for warez, free music and porn.
It's like you said never eat pizza, chocolate and coca-cola.
Those are the best things in the internet
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It's like you said never eat pizza, chocolate and coca-cola.
Those are the best things in the internet
Except none of those make you overweight. Just keep extra HDD's handy
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