Basic stupid question but need to be sure.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by longball11, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. longball11 macrumors 6502a

    longball11

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    I was watching the show that said if you watch porn on a computer, it stays on the hard drive. Is this true?
    Because if so, this Macbook im using is dirty. I have looked at porn on this thing. Am i at any threat? I just feel the picture isnt as great as before anymore and videos lag now. None happened before. This macbook will 2 years old in november.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I mean if you wipe the drive a couple of times you are good. People can find stuff, they will likely be able to just see a file name or the site that you went to. They are not going to be able to recover full data.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Are you downloading porn or watching streaming? Clear Safari's cache.
     
  4. longball11 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Im watching it streaming i guess. there's a play button icon and it plays like a minute or two.

    There are other situations where it went to my downloads section but i never directly opened them. I deleted it. But when it downloaded it opened the textedit thing and had all these weird texts.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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  6. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

    If you feel that your computer has deteriorated over time perhaps you should reinstall OS X. It has been two years and things quite possibly are a bit sluggish. Also bear in mind that even in the past couple of years many websites have become much more resource intensive, especially video streaming sites. By the way, porn won't damage your computer - might just make it feel less special and more used!
     
  7. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    Any "threat" of what? I think porn is legal. Do you mean viruses? Trojans? (heh, heh...) A video won't stream any of this onto your system.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Take it to a genius bar and in front of everybody, tell them exactly what you told us and see what they say, they should be able to help you.
     
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    While you definitely have a dirty computer, it often helps when reselling the unit. In some instances, the dirtier the better. A friend and I both sold our old MacBooks but he got $125 more for his. Both machines were exact except he likes freaky stuff whereas my tastes are a bit more vanilla.

    We can't judge how much of a threat you may be until we know what type of stuff you've been watching. The freaky stuff does tend to slow down over time.
     
  10. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    Well as long as your not using the "Sticky Keys Option" you should be ok after you reset Safari....:eek:
    :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:


    If you use the 30 Pass DOD option in Disk Utility when you Erase the drive it will take longer to erase and reload the OS but at least you can make sure your hard drive is super clean, I used to work for the DOD we only use 7 passes but I find that 30 really cleans the drive well.
     
  11. yg17 macrumors G5

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    If 7 pass is good enough for the Department of Defense, I think it's good enough for this guy to hide the fact that he watches porn on the internet just like almost every other male with internet access :rolleyes:
     

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