Open Box MBA: Should I Do A Software Reinstall?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Optimouse^^, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Optimouse^^ macrumors member

    May 22, 2007

    I needed another MBA for my office and I found a good deal on an open box MBA with exactly the same specs as my own: 13", 1.86GHz, 4gig RAM, 128SSD (it cost $1,134 US before taxes & shipping).

    The computer is in excellent shape but I was surprised to see that someone had installed software on it, and had a user account already made (who was an admin). It has MS Office 2011 for Mac (already activated) and Adobe Acrobat Professional v. 8- both obviously installed by someone who bought the computer and returned it.

    I think that reinstalling the software to its original state is the safest thing to do, not to mention that it would remove the software that the previous owner installed. Mainly, now that I see someone has added software, I am worried that someone could have installed malware, either intentionally or not. But I can't but help like the fact that I have MS Office 2011 installed! This year has been hard for my office, and we would need to buy another license for MS Office if I wipe it.

    What would you do?

  2. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    When dealing with used computers, I always tend to clean install the OS. On that same note, I would verify that it is even a legit Office 2011.
  3. grawk macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2004
    Southern York County, PA
    malware is unlikely, so I wouldn't worry about it.
  4. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    I would do a clean install without even looking at what's on the machine.

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