Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by crossflix, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. crossflix macrumors newbie

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    I am very new to Mac OS x. I have had iphones and ipads, but never computers. I installed the webroot software that came with my laptop purchase at best buy. i did run a virus check. did i compromise the very tight security in the computer's software?
     
  2. imaccooper macrumors regular

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    No I don't think you compromised anything, but just out of curiosity what exactly did you install?
     
  3. crossflix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    webroot Internet security plus. there are versions for mac, so it should be ok
     
  4. imaccooper macrumors regular

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    I doubt there was any need for it, but if it makes you feel better then it probably has not harmed the computer in any way.
     
  5. crossflix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well if webroot is also made for mac, i assume it will not cause harm. thanks for the info
     
  6. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Probably didn't/won't cause harm but if it was my computer I would get rid of it.
     
  7. crossflix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah, Im going to remove it tonight, ive heard that AV programs are unnecessary for macs
     
  8. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Exactly. They can only cause you trouble. Not on purpose but these things tend to be poorly programmed and bug ridden and they tend to just cause problems more than offer any benefit.
     
  9. Meister Suspended

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    there are no viruses for mac.

    only install apps from the apple app store and reliable sources (adobe etc.) to be 100% safe from trojans.
     
  10. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

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    There are viruses. Just don't do stupid **** on any platform and you won't get them.
     
  11. motrek macrumors 68020

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    No, there aren't. Trojans, spyware, and malware, sure. Viruses, no.

    You can avoid all problems by not changing OS X's default security settings, i.e., don't run software that's not signed.

    Windows, you can get viruses even if you don't do stupid s***.
     
  12. Meister Suspended

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    Really? Name one!
     
  13. crossflix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what is the best utilities app for mac? like a system optimization software
     
  14. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    No need to have system optimization software, or antivirus, or other silly third party software. Just be a smart user and you will be ok. Same goes for Windows and other OSes.
    A computer is as safe as the nut behind the keyboard no matter what the operating system.
     
  15. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I wouldn't use system optimization software on Windows either but Windows definitely needs anti-virus software. There have been plenty of Windows viruses over the years that you can get just by connecting your computer to a network, nothing to do with being a smart or stupid user.
     
  16. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    No you don't need antivirus for Windows. People who get viruses are careless users.
     
  17. motrek macrumors 68020

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    This is simply ignorant. There have been several vectors over the years that viruses and other malware have been distributed through that have nothing to do with how Windows is used. Sasser comes to mind.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasser_(computer_worm)
     
  18. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah ok, trying to convince us with a link about Windows 2000 and XP.
    Try again.
     
  19. motrek macrumors 68020

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    So back in the day, you did need antivirus to use Windows, but now you don't?

    When did that switch flip?
     

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