Updates, spyware, and virus protection..Oh My!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cfs, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. cfs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Just purchased an imac and am new to macs. On my old pc I ran Kapersky firewall (freeware), Avast Home Anti-Virus (freeware), Ad-Aware (freware), and SpyBot (Freware) to keep my pc running without malware, trojans, etc.

    What should I do for a mac?

    Also, after one week out of the box, I have not updated any software as of yet. I am still running 10.5 and there are a bunch of other updates as well.

    My computer is running smooth at the moment and I am afraid to uddate. At times, I updated with Microsoft and it caused my computer to act up. How do I know what I should update and what i should not?

  2. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Nice Wizard of Oz reference.

    OS X's own firewall is good enough and there's currently no need for anti-malware stuff.

    Updates are easy. Software Update handles the OS/Apple stuff and apps look after themselves.
  3. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    What he said.
    The updates are very save and won't mess up your system.
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Do you have a means of backup? If so make a backup before installing updates, most of the time they're fine, but it's by no means unheard of for people to have issues after installing them. Always better to be safe than sorry.

    If you don't have a backup, you should! I'd recommend an external drive and SuperDuper!
  5. tuxtpenguin macrumors regular

    May 19, 2007
    I agree with the backup comment above. SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner work great, or just make a Time Machine backup.
  6. czachorski macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    The backup advice is sound, but I have done every update since 10.2.2, never backed anything up and never had a problem in 5 years on 3 machines.
  7. jerry1 macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2007
    What about Spyware? I've wondered about that recently since I'm fairly new to the Mac world.
  8. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    As far as I can tell there aren't any out there "in the wild".
  9. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Your really need to shed the Microsoft way of thinking. The Mac OS is different and much more efficient.

    I would suggest doing the update and not worrying about loading all of those apps. Just sit back and enjoy your iMac. :)
  10. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007
  11. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Agreed. It will take time but there is hope for you new Mac converts. There is NO spyware on Macs. There are NO viruses on Macs. And updating software is like Christmas IMO, because it's so easy and 95% of the time makes everything even better!

    Dive in and don't look back!
  12. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008

    I agree with this.

    We even did an OS Upgrade from Tiger to Leopard on a G5 Mac.

    That was something I would never do on Windows. With Windows we had to back up everything, and basically do a Reformat/Install of the new OS.

    When I put the Leopard disk in and opted to UPGRADE I held my breath, but it went smoothly without a hitch.

    Do all the updates ( it will take a little time ), but it is worth doing.
  13. jerry1 macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2007
    Thanks everyone! I've only been Mac'n it for about 2.5 months. I knew there were not viruses but wasn't sure about spyware...until now!
  14. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    There are a few trojans though and some viruses for mostly office that can infect windows computers. Mostly, just use common sense and don't type in your admin info on some random program you download that you don't know what it is. Any trojan will require your admin rights for it to run and install.

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