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Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by amac4me, Jul 27, 2005.
This says it all:
haha, too bad Apple can't use it. It would be great.
That is one true reason to get a mac
4% market share... only 4% viruses... makes sense...
More like 4% marketshare...zero viruses.
I just went to a media mart while I was in Europe. They are pretty cool!
I'm just counting the days until a nasty virus rips through the mac community. Then where will our argument be?!?! Well, I suppose market-share is so small that we won't have to tell anyone that there was a virus...we'll all collectively agree that it didn't happen.
Keep waiting for the day. Windows Vista will be out before then. And thats a long time.
From Symantec's Website:
Virus Definitions created July 27
Virus Definitions released July 27
Norton AntiVirus Corp. Edition:
Defs Version: 70727h
Sequence Number: 47044
Extended Version: 7/27/2005 rev. 8
Total Viruses Detected: 70337
4% of that would mean we would have to have... um lets see...2813 viruses for OS X.
What would even just 1% be? 703 Viruses...
And you're talking about the day when the first one is released?!??! I'm not saying it can't happen. But the marketshare argument just doesn't work.
Link to article.
As I read his statement I was thinking the same thing.
Yes, but none of those 40 are for OS X. They are all from the OS 9 days. So, zero viruses.
A sign that says it all and very succinctly. I like the sale price also.
Yeah, too bad. But I can see why they would hesitate to make such a claim. So, it is up to us, you and I, to spread the word to friends and family! I converted three people this past year. More to go!
Mmm... $5 off..
Nice sign. It'd be super-awesome if Apple could use it.
I don't get it. Why can't Apple use the "Virus-free internet" mantra?
just found another virus.
cannot wait til I switch over to the Mac. PB update after Apple Expo Please!
And your comment is moronic.. why don't you give a reason why you think its ignorant...???
listen.. i luv mac.. but i don't think one should be blinded and think that mac is the save all of all computing... the perfect computer with some halo around it...
if you can tell me a good reason WHY mac is superior against PC in terms of viruses.. plz let me know...
if you're gonna make a virus to cause harm to as many people as possible, you would make it for a computer that the majority of the people in the world use.. maybe you're an eeediot and think computer viruses just evolve or something.. hehe.. seriously though.. there's really no incentive to make viruses for mac... not enough machines to infect..
I really hope the move to intel will increase the number of mac users.... but i guarantee that once mac hits a certain threshold of users, there will be a influx of mac viruses....
Thats when having a G4 mac will have an advantage... there will be very little incentive too create a mac g4 virus... as it will have a diminishing number of users to infect... virus creators want their viruses to spread and grow... (just to make clear to you.. viruses don't grow on trees).. no point in creating a virus for a computer that no longer exists... Whens the last time you heard of a virus hitting Windows 3.1???
come on dood... come up with a fairly reasonable arguement.. if you can....
Cause once they start using it.. everyone who creates viruses will work to create a Mac breaking virus....
A good reason? Because Root access is disabled by default on Macs and not on PCs. Thats why you have to type in your password to install software on a Mac and not on a PC. I think its a pretty good reason.
BTW... I gave two reasons earlier in the thread why i thought it was a ignorant statement, you obviously didn't read.
LOL I could go on forever with this guy... Viruses are software and don't care if you have a G4 or a G5. But I guess you probably meant a PowerPC Mac as opposed to an Intel Mac.
And what is the "threshold" of users that when we cross it, all these viruses are suddenly going to start flooding in? Mac user have bragged for years that we have no viruses. That's not incentive enough for someone to write one? How about the ability to say, "I was the first to write a virus for OS X and prove all the Mac users wrong." You don't think some hacker would love to say that?
Come on dood.. LOL
Or worse yet, someone manages to create a virus to destroy filesystems and directories on iPods
In 3+ years of running OS X, I've had the same number of viruses and general malware problems as my parents have had running Windows machines: zero.
The horrors of malware on Windows PCs are, I'd say, greatly overstated for semi-knowledgable users. Don't open "britney spears nude!!!.exe" off of LimeWire and you're probably in good shape.
I suppose that could be argued but I don't think it'd create a huge virus-making problem spree. Sure, one of the reasons OSX doesn't have viruses is because of its relatively small market share but another is the fact that it handles processes differently and is inherently more difficult to write viruses for.