Apple has removed a support note from its knowledge base suggesting that Mac users should run multiple antivirus programs. Apple spokesperson Bill Evans said the company removed the article because it was old and outdated.
Apple Inc on Tuesday removed an item from its support knowledge base suggesting that Mac computer users should run more than one antivirus program. The removal comes two days of talk on the Web suggesting that Apple issued an antivirus bulletin.
“We have removed the knowledge base article because it was old and inaccurate,” Apple spokesperson Bill Evans said. “The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box,” he added.
The support note read “Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.” The knowledge base article was removed late Tuesday night.
The article was published on Apple’s support site last year. It was then updated about a month ago. When it was updated, many people thought Apple issued a new antivirus advisory.
“The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box,” Evans said. “However, since no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, running antivirus software may offer additional protection.”
Antivirus experts had warned that running multiple antivirus utilities on a Mac could do harm. Experts do not recommend it.