Apple Removes Anti-Virus Recommendation and Muddies The Water

So, yesterday we, and just about everybody else, posted that Apple had a tech note posted recommending Mac users employ multiple anti-virus solutions to ward off malware. Of course there were hoots of derision tossed Apple’s way given the long held belief that Apple users didn’t have to worry about these kind of things the way Windows users did.

Well, according to this CNet report, Apple has pulled the notice saying ““it was old an inaccurate.” In the KnowledgeBase article Apple states:

“The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box,” he said. “However, since no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, running antivirus software may offer additional protection.”

Like Elinor Mills at CNet, I find this more confusing than clarifying. But then I think the folks at Apple do as well.