Spyware, Viruses, Etc.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by NTGuy, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. NTGuy macrumors newbie

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    I just order my first Mac on Aug 16 and had a couple of questions.

    1. Will I have to worry about spyware,malware, viruses, etc? I will be using my computer mainly on campus.

    2. Are there any other need to know facts for a mac newbie.

    Sorry if these are stupid questions but I am a long time windows user.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    No real need to worry about virus/spyware. Turn on the firewall when browsing on public networks :)apple:->System Prefs->Sharing->Firewall) and watch what you download. There is a free anti-virus program, ClamXav, if you want to be absolutely, 100%, belt and braces secure.
     
  4. psychofreak Retired

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    That scans for WINDOWS viruses, so you don't pass on infected files to unprotected PCs...
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    *sigh* Any anti-virus/spyware programs for the Mac simply slows your Mac down. It's quote necessary unquote in this Windows-dominated world, where people are worried about our Macs transmitting viruses to their precious boxes.

    Sleep soundly and download that big file; welcome to the fold!

    Oh, yes. No defragging. We don't need it. Can't tell you much more about the first time because I've never switched. I can tell you about my first time with Windows, though... THAT was a travesty... :D
     
  6. dejo Moderator

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    Welcome aboard! Words of advice: Just remember to search the forums before starting new threads, okay? You'll soon find that questions like these have probably already been asked and answered plenty of times. The less time we can all spend on repeat questions, the more time we can spend on the trickier issues. Thanks! :)
     
  7. NTGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the information! You've all been a great help! I will remember to search the forums next time;)
     
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    It actually does both:

     

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