Accidently left Firefox open for about 2 hours

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  1. Sossity macrumors 6502a

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    Being a pc user for so long I have yet to fully adjust to how mac os closes apps, well someone in my home called my attention, & in a rush I just clicked on the red x at the top left, forgetting that one has to select quit to close an app. I came back to my laptop, to see the Firefox icon on my dock still highlighted, so I know I did not exit it properly. Will this have caused any harm? or exposed me to viruses?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    It will not cause any harm to let applications open, even without windows.
    And you will not have caught a virus that way, as there are none in public circulation that can affect Mac OS X.
    I currently have 15 applications open and can go up to 25 or even 30.
    To properly quit applications use CMD+Q.
    Btw, my Mac is running for 16 days now, with Safari being open for at least six of them in a row.

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  3. Lone Deranger macrumors 65816

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    Haha... don't worry. You'll be fine. You are on a Mac now. :)
     
  4. OllyW Moderator

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    Can anyone explain why leaving Firefox open on a PC would cause any problems? :confused:
     
  5. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Problems I'm aware of:

    1: You were watching a long flash based video or game and your battery took a hit after 2 hours.

    2: You were watching porn, and someone else saw it. ;)

    Both of these you should survive.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    If one closes the last window of Firefox or other applications in Windows (PCs can run other OSs too, like Linux or Solaris), the applications is usually quit.
    And depending on what exact website leaves open with Firefox, it could cause damage, but when not website is open, how should there be any harm doneP
     
  7. Lone Deranger macrumors 65816

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    Calm down.... that's not what I meant. :)
     
  8. OllyW Moderator

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    Firefox can run on other OSs too. ;)

    You get a lot of paranoia on here about Windows and viruses. Leaving Firefox open on any computer isn't going to cause a problem. It's open for 9 hours a day on my work PC. :D
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    And it seems Linux can get viruses and other malware too?
    From now on I close everything and just use Finder.
     
  10. Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks evryone for the reassurance, if I leave an app open say for a couple of hours oreven days that turns on the nividia card (I have gfx card status) can this burn out or shorten the life of the nividia card? or if the app used just the intel, can it shorten the intel lifespan or burn it out?
     
  11. OllyW Moderator

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    I haven't said that. You're not going to get a virus on Windows by just leaving the bloody browser running for a couple of hours are you?
     
  12. simsaladimbamba

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    No.


    Sorry, the question mark should have been an exclamation mark or period.
    I just meant, that Linux seems to have some viruses, which I didn't thought possible, though those malware holes are fixed by the community.
    I don't know about the virus part in Windows, as the last one I had was in '99 and I haven't used Windows for more than an accumulated week since 2004.
     
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    No. Just use your computer as you see fit and enjoy it, the components inside it have a much longer lifespan than you'd think. Apart from the hard drive, those can go just about any time, a proper backup makes it all okay.
     
  14. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It wouldn't. This "problem" is more a product of an uneducated user than a technical vulnerability.
     
  15. Tikkabhuna macrumors newbie

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    Indeed. An uneducated user is the Achilles heel of any computer's security. Any computer can get hacked, its just down the the user to open the door for the hacker.
     
  16. ExiledMafia macrumors regular

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    Hahaha unless you download something you are fine haha, just leaving a window open will not give you a virus
     
  17. iPhoneCollector macrumors 6502a

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    you don't need to worry at all besides if steve is watching your mac and sees how you are using firefox and not safari.
     

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