Should I buy anti spyware software?

Learjet035

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I am new to macs and hear that I need not worry about viruses as of now, but how about spyware. My home PC is so bogged down with that junk, don't want my mac to get to the same place. Thanks
 

edesignuk

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No you shouldn't. I wasn't even aware that such apps existed for mac. It is not an issue (for the time being...).

Enjoy not having these kinds of problems with your new computer :cool: :D
 

SpaceMagic

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like eDesign says.. don't bother! Nor virus checkers. I swear, they slow down your comp anyway and could be compared to a virus themselves. Be free, feel happy you have a fully operational computer without those annoying pop ups and spyware.
 

dxm113

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Check out the March 05 issue of Macworld, there is a good article on Mac security. It addresses many security issues such as viruses, spyware, wireless. . . .

so check it out, will likely be great info if you're new to a Mac
 

daveL

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edesignuk said:
No you shouldn't. I wasn't even aware that such apps existed for mac. It is not an issue (for the time being...).

Enjoy not having these kinds of problems with your new computer :cool: :D
If spyware apps do exist for Mac, they're a rip off, just feeding on consumer ignorance.
 

qzak

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Jan 19, 2005
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pc spyware

people complain about spyware/virii all the time on the pc. yes, obviously theres tons of them out there, but i've had this home built pc running all day everyday for the last year and never had problems.

i have norton 2005 with the av always on, firewall, all that stuff. i mean come on, the software is out there, instead of complaining about the stuff just protect urself and don't do stupid things like click on ads and let that **** download stuff onto ur pc. hell norton even blocks pictures in emails in outlook express incase they contain virii until u click the little button saying this email is ok.

i'm just saying use a little common sense and the virii/spyware wouldn't be such a huge issue

oh, and yes my desktop is a pc but i'm gettin my first mac (17" pb) sometime in March. i'm doing visual communication design, so just natural to use a mac for that stuff. but as of now i plan on keeping my desktops as pcs.
 

milzay

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Yea, you should. And while you're at it buy a nuclear shelter and get yourself 12 bodybuilders for protection.
 

Blackheart

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qzak said:
people complain about spyware/virii all the time on the pc. yes, obviously theres tons of them out there, but i've had this home built pc running all day everyday for the last year and never had problems.

i have norton 2005 with the av always on, firewall, all that stuff. i mean come on, the software is out there, instead of complaining about the stuff just protect urself and don't do stupid things like click on ads and let that **** download stuff onto ur pc. hell norton even blocks pictures in emails in outlook express incase they contain virii until u click the little button saying this email is ok.

i'm just saying use a little common sense and the virii/spyware wouldn't be such a huge issue

oh, and yes my desktop is a pc but i'm gettin my first mac (17" pb) sometime in March. i'm doing visual communication design, so just natural to use a mac for that stuff. but as of now i plan on keeping my desktops as pcs.
I think the problem is that people actually have to get the anti-malware programs to combat the virii and spyware. Many non-tech people don't know how, nor would want, to do these things JUST so they can use their computer they paid hard earned money for. You can't just take an XP system out of the box and think that it's going to survive in the cesspool of the world wide web; whereas with an OS X system, you can.
 
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