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Brandon M.
Brandon M., Mac Support Specialist
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Experience:  10+ Years Mac Support as contractor and currently an IT Manager for law firm
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Hello again, can you tell me if theres a anti-virus program

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Hello again, can you tell me if there's a anti-virus program for MAC? or whether we even need one?

BeBoo :

Welcome back. :-)

BeBoo :

There are several anti-virus programs for the Mac but in most cases, you don't need one. Macs are well-known to be virus free.

BeBoo :

If you would like one anyway to feel safe, there are a few I can recommend to you.

BeBoo :

First, is ClamXav which is based on the very popular ClamAV engine that is used by most mail servers today. It is free for the Mac here: http://www.clamxav.com/

BeBoo :

Avast! is a very well-known anti-virus for Windows and they recently developed a Mac version as well. It is, however, a paid anti-virus. With this, you get support and updates. You can read more about it here: http://www.avast.com/mac-edition

BeBoo :

Avast! for Mac is $40/year.

Customer:

do you use any of those yourself?

BeBoo :

No, I do not. I've been using Macs for about 15 years now (since the Mac Plus) and I have not once used an antivirus program on the Mac. I have never seen the need for one and in most cases it ends up slowing the system down because it scans everything you do, view and download.

BeBoo :

It can be very inconvenient at times especially when playing games (which I do a lot of).

Customer:

ok, great, thanks

Customer:

sure

Customer:

if you don't mind..

Customer:

just on the hotspot (VPN) program... are there any disadvantages to using it?

Customer:

so for a long time..if I'm streaming pandora alot

Customer:

security?

Customer:

not sure scrambling IP does....if there's a danger in doing so or not

BeBoo :

The only disadvantage of it is that you might notice some slowness on the internet as it is channeling your connection to somewhere else that other people might be using

BeBoo :

There is no security concerns as it uses a VPN connection which is very secure.

Customer:

oh I see....so other that slowness, that's about it

Customer:

awesome

BeBoo :

I, personally, would only use it when I needed Pandora or a US resource.

Customer:

sure

Customer:

and on Pandora

BeBoo :

But test it out and see if it works for you.

Customer:

I'm listening to music now

Customer:

but it's only playing on my computer..

BeBoo :

Thats great

BeBoo :

And in fact...

BeBoo :

Just Answer says you are asking from the United States

BeBoo :

Whereas the previous questions said Canada

Customer:

so in order to have it stream on my airport express, I will need to use that other program you recommended?

BeBoo :

So it's working. :-)

Customer:

great

BeBoo :

Correct, just play Pandora and use AirFoil.

Customer:

so I should buy airfoil then?

Customer:

otherwise I'

Customer:

Id' only hear it on the computer?

BeBoo :

I would recommend it. I own a copy of it, well worth it, in my opinion.

Customer:

might be worth purchasing for that reason along

BeBoo :

Correct.

Customer:

sure

Customer:

awesome

Customer:

you rock!

Customer:

thanks so much!

Customer:

:)

BeBoo :

You're very welcome. Be sure to bookmark my profile page if you have any questions in the future.

Customer:

can you send it to me again pls?

Customer:

cheers

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