Is Mac or Linux machine require antivirus?

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  1. patrick0001

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    I always heard people request antivirus for PC, but have heard anyone requested antivirus for Mac and Linux machine?

    Why it is unnecessaryor Why it is necessary
     
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    Linux and mac don't usually get virus since viruses and malware somehow only works in windows.
     
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    Although I've never used Mac or Linux.
    But common sense says that they are also operating systems, what special they have in it that they dont need to have antivirus, and if they really dont, then why shouldn't we all have moved to Mac and Linux.
     
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    Hello,

    I am a Mac and Linux user and never had a virus. (I can't say the same with Windowz.)

    These are 2 operating systems very secure because the admin password needs to be entered before installing anything on the machine.

    Viruses can be made for them but that is not the easy way to spread viruses, so virus creators like to make them for Windows.

    I think I read there are only 64 Mac viruses listed... There are anti-virus software available, but not really necessary.

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    There was a virus that exist for Linux and mac once upon a time and that was it. never heard of any virus that exist for them ever since except it.

    you should try. however, you would have to learn how things work. in Linux, its best if you also know how commandline interface especially if you will be installing programs thru apt-get or yum. just like microsoft, these operating system has repositories of their own. so you would have to ask for support for each community that develops the system.
     
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    this is one of the big advantages of Linux and Mac :) I adore my MacBook :)
     
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    I don't have Linux or Mac, But I already heard that they do not need antivirus in their system.
     
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    mac is proprietary and i think only works with their hardware. You can have linux by just downloading it. all you need is to look for the hardware requirements of the operating system. if your specs fits their requirements then your good to go. Ubuntu i think requires a lot this time.
     
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    You generally don't need an anti virus for Linux, though I can't speak for MAC since I've never owned a MAC.

    Whenever I've used Linux however, I've never had to get an anti virus because most viruses and things are written for Windows.
     
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    However, Linux community still have their own antivirus such as clamwin wherein windows users can also use. this antivirus has somehow becoming popular nowadays.
     
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    Personally, I would advise installing antivirus software on Linux, because although it may be safe from viruses now, this may not always be the case.
     
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    Mac and linux users little compare to windows. If I am a spammer, I will spent more effort to target windows rather than Mac. By target windows, more people will be attempt virus infection, the distribution is high.

    If Virus are created by Antivirus company, its answer that they can collect more money from Windows rather than Mac and linux.

    Some people mention that Unix system is harder to hack, as they are using command instead of UI.
     
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    Thanks for sharing, may I know why it is not the easy way to spread viruses for Mac and Linux?
     
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    probably because how these systems treat files. linux as far as i know just treat everything as files even the drives and ram. exe files don't work as files and scripts works only for c files, bash scripts, python and perl. codes aren't hidden compare to exe files. they all run the linux which are only in the directories such as /root /boot /etc /sbin /bin
     
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    Yes we should try if we want to live, work and communicate in a secure mode. Yes, learning commandline interface and some other coding stuff is the thing that make us lazy to move.

    Thanks to you as well for sharing great knowledge.

    Bundle of thanks. Valuable information shared.
     
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    There are linux distro thats very friendly that users need not to learn commandline such as Ubuntu. They do have software center where users can just type what software they want and it will present list of software. The users will just click and install without doing commandline however, the Ubuntu require good hardware specification. Probably 2Gb of RAM and huge drive space.
     
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    majority of the virus made are for Windows machines because it is the most used OS, but however Mac and Linux based systems also have virus but it can be fixed by just updating your system kernel so no need for an antivirus
     
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    True. There are not much of viruses in Mac and Linux because they can easily be erased unlike in Windows.
     
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    But though Linux and Mac do not have much viruses at all, the problem is that most software and other programs are compatible with windows and only yet a few numbers are only compatible with Mac or Linux.
     
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    That's not much of a difference as Windows has that too.

    Anyways, most viruses are built to work with windows, but there are still a lot of viruses for Mac and such. Most people don't request anti virus for Mac/Linux because Most people us Windows.
     

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