Needs for my new Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SevengerNC, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. SevengerNC macrumors regular

    SevengerNC

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    I'm going to do my best to convert from Win to Mac and just got my first yesterday - Macbook Pro i7 750gb 8g 13" at the Greensboro Apple store - really a sleek looking machine. Course, I don't know what I'm doing yet.
    I forgot to as them about a virus program - if it comes with one I haven't seen it. Avast work on Mac?

    Also, is there a built-in program like Win Paint? If not, a free one around?

    Thx !
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can use, but you don't need an antivirus app for Mac OS X. 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. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall

    2. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General

    3. Disable Java in your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox). This will protect you from malware that exploits Java in your browser, including the recent Flashback trojan. Leave Java disabled until you visit a trusted site that requires it, then re-enable only for the duration of your visit to that site. (This is not to be confused with JavaScript, which you should leave enabled.)

    4. Change your DNS servers to OpenDNS servers by reading this.

    5. 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.

    6. Never let someone else have access to install anything on your Mac.

    7. Don't open files that you receive from unknown or untrusted sources.

    8. For added security, make sure all network, email, financial and other important passwords are long and complex, including upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

    9. 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 Mac OS X malware that has ever been released into the wild. You don't need any 3rd party software to keep your Mac secure.

    If you still want to run antivirus for some reason, ClamXav (which is free) is one of the best choices, since it isn't a resource hog, detects both Mac and Windows malware and doesn't run with elevated privileges.

    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
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  3. SevengerNC thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not familiar with what Paint on Windows is capable of nowadays. Is it used to edit photos or is it still just used for crude drawings?

    Your Mac comes with iPhoto which is a decent editor for most people. I'd recommend Pixelmator from the Mac App Store if you want something a little more advanced for drawing stuff but at a much lower price than, say, Photoshop CS6. You can also get a free 30-day trial from their website so you can see if it's worth the money.

    I can also confirm that everything said above about OS X security is true. Bottom line is if you don't go around downloading and installing illegal stuff and always install the latest software updates (which are automatic) then you'll be fine. Furthermore you'll also get a free upgrade to Mountain Lion since you purchased recently and it launches next month. It has even more enhanced security.

    Welcome to the Mac! Just know that once you switch, there's no looking back. I switched in 2008 after switching to a graphic design major and it's like a whole new world. You couldn't pay me enough to go back to my troublesome Dell or any of the other rigs that I built. Unfortunately I do web design so I have an old Inspiron that I use to test Internet Explorer. But my time on that machine is minimal.
     
  5. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    Windows Paint is passable for crude drawings. Most of the time though I use Paint.NET and output PNG instead.
     
  6. SevengerNC thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just downloaded Pixelmator, and that should be fine.
    And, I must say that was the easiest download and install I've ever done. Maybe there really is something to this Mac being user friendly after all.
    Thx !
     
  7. antsgeek macrumors newbie

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    Beware of AVAST on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4

    Beware of AVAST 7.0 Free download.

    I ran it on my brand NEW MacBook Pro(June22,2012) and it reset all my users names and passwords plus it removed my Mail(inbox,Sent,junk)

    It "attacked" Safari and removed all User-ides and passwords . I informed Apple Support and AVAST on June 25,2012. Apple told me to remove it, uninstall AVAST and make sure NOT to have any remnants on my MacBook Pro hard drive.

    Make sure u have written all your user names and passwords on a piece of paper and also Your MAIL application with your own POP and associated passwords.

    regards
     
  8. Sairo macrumors regular

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    Nice post.
    Im also new to the mac world (its my 2nd week I own one) and I was wondering the same about anti virus.
    Thanks!
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Welcome! This may also be useful: Helpful Information for Any Mac User
     
  10. Sairo macrumors regular

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    Thanks a lot this sure is helpful.
    I don't mean to bash the ts his topic, but could you hook me up with a 'how to' if I decide to do a clean install? Since Lion didn't came on a disk, but a network download I'm really confused how to do a clean install without an OS disk.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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