Empty Cache Option In Safari

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by beeinformed, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. beeinformed macrumors 6502

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    Hi!

    I would like to use the "empty cache" option in the safari web browser on my macbook air notebook because I had gone to a website that said that "this website maybe harmful to your computer". Of course, I immediately went off of that website.

    If I use the "empty cache" option, will that be of any help as I am a little worried that this site could have harmed my computer?By the way, I also used the "reset safari" option on my notebook as a precautionary measure.

    Thanks in advance for any help! :)
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    Hi there.

    Do this :)

    In safari->Safari (drop down menu bar)->Reset Safari->Tick "Empty Cache" (and all the rest, I guess too!).

    goodluck!
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Safari > Empty Cache. Just so you know, those sites where you get that warning are never harmful to your Mac. Such sites may be harmful to computers running Windows, but not Macs.

    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep your Mac malware-free. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
     
  4. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi!

    Thank you for the information you have provided me regarding the sites that pop up with a virus warning. Now I can visit these sites with impunity.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall
    2. Uncheck "Enable Java" in Safari > Preferences > Security.
    3. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General
    4. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you're not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.
    5. Never let someone else have physical access to install anything on your Mac.
    6. Always keep your Mac and application software updated. Use Software Update for your Mac software. For other software, it's safer to get updates from the developer's site or from the menu item "Check for updates", rather than installing from any notification window that pops up while you're surfing the web.
    That's all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any virus, trojan, spyware, keylogger, or other malware. You don't need any 3rd party software to keep your Mac secure.
     
  6. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    Thank you for the additional information you have given me and I will follow through with it.
     
  7. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi!

    GGJstudios: I have some followup questions to ask you which is related to the following recommendations to 'uncheck "Enable Java" in Safari > Preferences > Security"and to "uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General".

    By doing the above recommendations how how will this protect my computer?

    I am a newbie at understanding "computer safety" terminology, so I would appreciate any info you can give me! Thanks! :)
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you read the last section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ I posted (beginning with "UPDATE"), you'll have your answer.
     
  9. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    GGJstudios: I forgot to ask another question which is in the "Safari>Preferences > Security", I have an option to uncheck enable "java" or "javascript", which one should I uncheck? Thanks! :)
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    See item 2 in post #5 of this thread.
     

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