Installation Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Lester52, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Lester52 macrumors member

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    Today I reinstalled Mac OSX because I just wanted a fresh restart now that I know what I'm doing a bit more than before. I do have some questions however.

    The Mac OSX installation disc was a bit scratched up. Could this have effected the installation? Could something not have been installed correctly due to the installation?

    During the Mac OSX installation while the disc was in the drive and installing I touched the touchpad a few times to keep the monitor from shutting off. This is similar to my above question, but could touching the touchpad while the disc was in the drive and installing have caused something not to be installed correctly? While I don't think I have symptoms of something not being installed correctly I do worry that a scratched disc or touching the touchpad during installation could have caused an improper installation, and maybe make some things not work correctly like the firewall or something else.

    Last but definitely not least I have a security question. Tomorrow I'm going to be doing something on the computer for my Mother which will require her to use her social security number. She's even more terrified of computers than I am. How can I ABSOLUTELY make sure than when entering her social security number tomorrow that no identity theft will occur? The website we'll be doing this on is secure, but as far as my computer itself how can I know all is safe for sure? In other words, provided you love your mother, what would you do to make sure all is well on your computer before entering your own mother's personal information?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    If no error message came up, then you're probably on the safe side.

    And touching the trackpad does not harm anything on your computer unless you use the touching to delete something.

    Also, if the site is secure, and you just made a fresh installation, then the chances of identity theft are quite minuscule.
     
  3. Lester52 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have another question. When I right click the Firefox installation file and click get info it says where the file came from (Mozilla's website), but when I right click on the iantivirus file it doesn't list which website it came from. Now I did download Firefox in Safari, but I downloaded iAntivirus in Firefox. Will get info only list where the file came from if you downloaded it in Safari?
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    A message regarding the iAntiVirus software:

    Do you watch porn, do you install cracked or illegally obtained copies of commercial software, do you install every application you get your hands on, despite the source?
    If not, you don't need iAV, as there are NO viruses and only a couple of malware, which has to be installed by YOU, and YOU have to enter the password of your YOUR account.

    And only Safari stores the source of the download.
     
  5. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

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    Firefox lists the source in the downloads pane inside the browser itself.
     
  6. Lester52 thread starter macrumors member

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    No, I don't do any of those things. The only reason I installed it was I just want to be absolutely sure there are no problems. But wouldn't you know it I'm scared of even that now. When installing it the program wouldn't let me choose where I'd install it despite listing "destination" in the install steps, and said it would be installed for all users. I really really hope I didn't create a problem here when trying to prevent one.
     
  7. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

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    Relax man, the chances of problems are tiny. On a windows PC I think you mightve exploded by now ;)
     
  8. spinnerlys Guest

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    The Destination Select step is included in many applications' installers, but can't be used anyway.

    Don't worry, this is not a Windows machine. You will do and experience no harm unless you seriously fubar everything up.


    If this is your first Mac, also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.

    http://www.apple.com/support/switch101/- text

    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/- videos

    http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/- text

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343-keyboard- shortcuts
     

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