Great news for mac users, horrible news for PCs

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  1. lu0s3r322 macrumors 6502a

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    McAfee, the company who makes all that antivirus, antimalware software, predicts that the number of viruses in the world will double in two years. This is great news for Apple and the mac community as there will be more switchers

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20060706/tc_pcworld/126327
     
  2. paddy macrumors 6502a

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    I suppose theres no chance they could be doing this to increase sales of McAfee by any chance?
     
  3. Cybix macrumors 6502a

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    paddy, no kidding.

    It's the antivirus companies that code the virus's in the first place...

    the whole thing is a scam.
     
  4. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

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    nice... that remindes me of a friend of a friend in college who once said:

    i have been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, but i think my doctors are just out to get me! :p
     
  5. iAlan macrumors 65816

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    Firstly, love your 'tar

    Secondly, schizophrenics are never alone

    Thirdly, I do give a damn (see #1 above)
     
  6. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    Sorry, but I fail to see why this is great news for Mac USERS. In the best case, we just don't need to care, which doesn't make it great news for me. And in the worst case, there might be viruses for Mac, too...
     
  7. netdog macrumors 603

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    Me thinks that the poster is one of the lost souls lost in a delusion that they are in competition with Windows users. Agreed, the first thing that struck me about this post was that the subject is very strange.
     
  8. uaaerospace macrumors 6502

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    I agree. Just because I don't like PCs doesn't mean I wish my lost buddies (PC users) to get a virus.
     
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    More reason for me to be glad that all of my computers run Mac OS. :) :) :)

    Nah, what makes you say that? :p ;) :D
     
  10. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    most users use both macs and pc's. so more viruses on pc's also affect mac users.

    it's time for VISTA. because it will be much safer. there won't be viruses for Vista. simply because it will never be released.;)
     
  11. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

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    True, but its good news for us in the sense that it may drive more people to Apple/Macs, and that means more operating capital and R&D dollars for Apple and cooler products down the pipeline. I have no ill will towards windows users either (well... maybe a little, sometimes...) but I would agree that I get some satisfaction when my windows using friends have trouble with their systems. And everytime it happens, I really appreciate the Mac world I live in.:D
     
  12. lu0s3r322 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thats exactly what i meant. its not really good for mac users personally, but its good for Apple and the mac community because more people will want to switch, sry bout the confusion
     
  13. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    That also means Macs will have more marketshare therefore a more interesting target for people writing viruses.
     
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I predict the number of random people being pelted by rotten eggs in central North Carolina will Quadruple in the next 365 days.

    You should buy my Rotten Egg Anti-Pelting Insurance now.
     
  15. saunders45 macrumors 6502a

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    McAfee sucks. It should be considered a virus as it is. Trying to remove their software is a pain in the arse. When I say "remove" the software, i don't mean aske me if i really want to 42 times.
     
  16. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but market share isnt the main reason there are more viruses for windows. Its a combination of a lot of things. Ill take the risk of having more market share if it means a bigger and stronger apple.
     
  17. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Actually, someone wrote a virus for the first beta. :D
     
  18. Gil Bates macrumors newbie

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    That's not a news. It's called "Moore's Law", I think...
     
  19. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

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    thanks iAlan....

    And thank you EMW for helping me with it! ;)
     
  20. lu0s3r322 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hey, i just gave you the gist of the story, doesn't mean I think McAfee's right.
     
  21. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    The number of viruses will double, but how many of those virii will be on Macs? They don't specify, so don't think you're safe just because you use a Mac. I'm sure we'll get a virus eventually.


    And I don't want this fear of virii to drive more users to Apple and Mac OSX. I don't think it'll be particularly beneficial to me as a Mac user. Maybe it'll generate money for Apple to make other products, but I'm only interested in Apple to make computers, and in a way --- iPods --- although I don't think it's THAT much better than everything else (but I still feel that it's a bit better than the competition). Apple's computers and OS are beyond anything else offered for most users, though.
     
  22. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I would buy your Rotten Egg Anti-Pelting Insurance, but since this problem of rotten egg pelting seems to only be a problem in North Carolina, I think that I will pass yellow. I appear to be safe in Pennsylvania. ;) :D
     
  23. JonMaker macrumors regular

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    double the viruses, eh?

    2 x 0 = 0

    ooh I feel threatened :cool:
     
  24. dejo Moderator

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    By the way, there's no such word as "virii". You had it right the first time: viruses. :)
     
  25. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Yes, doubling the viruses for Mac is of little concern (2x0=0), but doubling the number of viruses for PeeCees is a slightly larger number. :)
     

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