another newbie question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by smy168, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. smy168 macrumors newbie

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    so, i wanted to know if anyone had any software advice with regard to protecting my new iBook. i used Norton on my PC, is it as effective on MACs?
     
  2. xoreu macrumors member

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    Most people will say that there is no need for an antivirus on a Mac. I'm one of them.
     
  3. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    No, do not use Norton on your Mac. not only is it not necessary, but it has been known to be buggy and is a proven reource hog on OS X. If you reallty want protection there are other alternatives out there, but in general, as long as you are behind a firewall etc. you should be fine. :cool:
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Your iBook does not need any antivirus software, as there are no viruses for OS X out there. Norton will only bog down your system and provide you with no benefit.

    If you frequently exchange files with Windows users, you may want to consider a free lightweight antivirus program like ClamXav to keep you from passing along viruses to your PC-using friends. Your iBook is safe though, at least for the time being.
     
  5. DrStrangelove macrumors 6502

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    Although you'll see the anti-virus and internet security suites sold in Mac stores, I've been told by employees at my store that they're actually instructed to advise AGAINST the running of any such software.

    I just got a Mac last January. Welcome to computing-- isn't it beautiful?
     
  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Just enjoy working on your computer and not having to bog it down and suck up system resources with anti-virus, anti-adware, anti-spyware, etc. software. :cool:
     
  7. strydr macrumors 6502

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    Welcome to your Mac. No need for Anti Virus software.

    O, and it's Mac, not MAC.

    simple, newbie mistake ;)
     
  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Indeed - Mac is a computer, MAC is Media Access Control. very different things. :p ;)
     
  9. smy168 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    haha, yeah, I'm pretty shocked at what this thing is like. I'm used to things being complicated and refused to believe that removing a file requires a simple step like dragging it to the trash instead of going in and uninstalling it.

    Got the system for my girlfriend but can't seem to stay away from it.

    So outside of the firewall, I'm pretty much set right? I only ask because I was DLing on iTunes and left the house, when I came back in it was DLing an additional song that I didn't buy and got paranoid that someone was in my system.

    Anyway, thanks for the info, I'm sure I'll be annoying you guys some more in the next few weeks.

    Steven
     
  10. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yep, just address the firewall issue and you'll be fine. As for the iTunes d/ling thing, I've never heard of that before, so something else must have happened.

    Also, a friendly suggestion for you - when asking questions here on MacRumors, don't use useless ambiguous thread titles like, "another newbie question". Make the title descriptive and applicable to what you are inquiring about so that members know what you are asking about. :cool:
     
  11. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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  12. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Protect it from what? First you need to identify a problem before you go looking for solutions.

    If you are talking about protecting it from data loss then I like "Retrospect Express". It is shipped for free with many fire wire hard drives and works well. In spring Apple will include something like this with Leopard but you need an external drive for back ups in any case. Find one that bundles retrospect and use that.
     
  13. Neonguy macrumors 6502

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    You are safe because no one create virus for the Mac.
     
  14. Quboid macrumors 6502

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    Norton anti virus?, Ibook?. They dont make much sense, in the same sentence. You're cool man, enjoy not having to use anti-viruses. Welcome to the world of MAC. Think different.:cool:
     

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