My Mac was crashing like crazy, until I got a new modem for it!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MacsRock88, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. MacsRock88 macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    This is very very odd. A couple weeks back my Imac was crashing like crazy! :eek: Getting weird horizontal blue lines on it, then the screen would become jumbled at times. Some days you couldn't even turn the computer on at all, it would start, but the little circular thing would only spin a few times before it stopped.
    We took it to a computer repair store, not an Apple store, btw, but they hooked it up to their internet server and it worked perfectly. Know this for a fact because I went to the store and made them show me themselves how my Imac was doing. It was doing splendidly so I couldn't understand what went wrong with the computer. It's an older Mac, at least a few years old, but we had a new Hard Drive installed last year and it's still under warranty!
    Sometimes we could get the computer on and working but when we used something like Text Edit or the Itunes it would crash again!
    Could someone explain this to me? It just doesn't make any sense. But... the technician at the computer store DID tell me that sometimes your computer can pick up viruses from websites. Know we went on a few websites where cyber bullies liked to hang out. It was a place where you couldn't even speak your mind or the truth, no matter how polite you were. Perhaps there were hackers there, b/c we did have to register to get on that site.
    Now... after we brought the computer back from the computer repair store, it was working FINE, until.... we hooked it up to the internet again.
    I'm hoping this darn new modem will not disrupt or destroy my computer again, b/c we went all over the place looking for a new laptop to get, but they were too expensive..
    Now.. I'm thinking.. geez Louise, maybe I ought to go get a wifi router and get it installed BEFORE the computer crashes again.
    OR maybe this new modem is the cure to the Imac's problems.
    What do you think?

    Has anyone has this weird possible virus where all these tiny blue horizontal lines suddenly appeared on your computer, causing it to crash and you had to keep turning it off? The screen would become terribly jumbled too.. you couldn't even read the words on the screen half the time.
  2. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    You have to register to get on this site... Does that automatically make us hackers?

    Let me remind you that MACINTOSH COMPUTERS ARE NOT SUSCEPTIBLE TO VIRUSES. I thought everyone knew this.
  3. MacsRock88 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    I never said I got on this site and got the virus Alpha Dogg

    I think I got the virus from another site, is what I was saying. And Macs CAN get viruses.... not often but it happens
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Prove it. There has never been a virus in the wild that infects OSx. If there were real viruses for OSx everyone here would know about it.
  5. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    There are no Mac viruses in the wild.

    There have been two trojan horses - one posed as porn and required you to key in a password to install, so anyone with half a brain was unaffected. Another posted as anti-virus, and found a way to bypass the password restriction. For that one, Apple pushed out an OS X update to clean it and prevent it.

    And that's all that's been done, outside of isolated lab environments.

    Security researchers have stated that installing any kind of anti-virus on a Mac actually decreases its security. The threat just isn't there.

    So, you don't have a virus.

    Sounds like a hardware problem. Try this:
  6. GGJstudios, Feb 21, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    They CAN, but they DON'T, since none exist. 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.
    There have been a few more than that, but the number is still quite small.
    That depends on the AV software. For Sophos, that's true. For ClamXav, it's not.

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