MAC OS & Anti virus

I have a customer who has the latest MAC running the lates MAC OS (within 2 months). He told me there is not an antivirus softwatre program for the computer  as of yet - is this correct?  I find it difficult to think that the MAC is completely free of virus attacks.

If there are programs available for the latest mac can you tell me their names please.
martinmcginleyAsked:
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Patrick TallaricoFSEP Systems AnalystCommented:
There definitely antivirus programs for mac...
Check this out
http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/utilities-roundups/5-mac-antivirus-tools-for-os-x-and-do-we-need-them/

Also Clam AV is a scanned that has versions for any platform, including linux.
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martinmcginleyAuthor Commented:
thanks but my question is aksing about antivirus for the latest MAC OS
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
It appears that Apple is not recommending any anti-virus http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is/security.html   I'm sure the virus writers are glad to hear that.

Avast supports Lion http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-mac#tab3 and others probably do to.
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SSNYTCommented:
imho, this is one of the best AV applications for apple imac and others.

http://www.eset.com/us/home/products/antivirus-for-mac/
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DGM87Commented:
These are all great programs, but that being said, there aren't really many viruses out there for Mac OS.  Of course, if you feel you need protection or have a policy that requires it, the ones above work well.  Clam is great, but it is limited in its GUI and capabilities.  That said, it cleans well.  Not very proactive though.  it's one of those things, really...
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mccrickCommented:
Virus on PC > 1,000,000
Virus on Mac < 200 and mostly pre OS 10

Virus/Malware on PC = Nuclear War
Virus/Malware on Mac = kid throwing a rock at your house.

Trojans can be an issue on the Mac as well as Rougeware. Mac users can be tricked into installing bad things on their Mac, but whether or not the Mac antivirus sw catches this is debatable. Actual self replicating Mac viruses are extremely rare in the wild.
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JonyHoltCommented:
Apple uses a practice called "Sandboxing". This makes most antivirus apps pretty useless as the OS actually typically sandboxes the AV software as well. While it may be a good idea to keep AV software on to identify apps most cant get away with installing on your machine without you very specifically stating so.

Here's some info on sandboxing:

http://www.cmlenz.net/archives/2011/06/lion-sandboxing
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martinmcginleyAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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