Two Really Quick Questions, Can Anyone Help ?

xcrskim

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May 12, 2007
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1) Can my MacBook Pro get viruses/spyware/anything like that ? from downloading various videos, etc ? and if so, what program do you recommend to clean it out ?

2) How do you uninstall videos and software and what not ? Can I just drag it to the trashcan and empty it ? Will I get all my memory back this way ?


THanks in ADvance.
 

TheAnswer

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1) Nope. Not yet...but it's always best only to download stuff you are sure about. You don't want to be the first person on OS X to get a virus.

2) For the most part, you can just drag to the trash. Some applications keep support files in your User Name/Library/Application Support folder, but those are in the minority. If the application you install comes with an uninstaller (again, a small minority), it's best to use that instead of just trashing the app.
 

invasian

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2.) You can use programs like AppZapper (costs money) or AppDelete (free) to remove all components of an installed program; Trashing sometimes will leave preferences files, etc. behind.
 

killerrobot

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Your MBP CAN get viruses if you're running any Microsoft OS. With OSX, not so much.

As far as deleting I just always do a Spotlight search and delete everything that way when it's a program that I truly despised. But normally, just dragging to the trash is great.