will lots of apps slow down OSX like they do on windows?

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  1. yosi199 macrumors member

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    Hi people, I'm currently waiting for my first time ever macbook pro. I was wondering tough about a few things regarding the mac osx:

    Do I need to install an antivirus? I know its supposed to be a lot more secure than windows but my logic says that hackers will know most of the people think this way and will leave they're computers defense less. On the other, antivirus's are performance hogs.

    Does osx slows down over time when installing a lot of apps like in windows?

    amm... thats all I can think of now.. thanks for any help.
     
  2. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    No, an AV is unnecessary. No, the Mac won't slow down from installing apps (runjning apps, yes). Mac's don't have a registry like Windows does (at least before Win 7...not sure if they got rid of that crap in that version).
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    I haven't follow OSX for a while, there are a few of viruses, so if you want 100% safe, maybe you should get an AV software. My guess is most mac users right now don't really care, or there just aren't many options.

    Its a good question, OSX runs better than winxp, over time for sure. Slow down will happen, but much less severe or damaging. I do, however, think its about on par with win7. With installation of large apps being more and more complicated on mac, its no guarantee it won't hurt system performance if you install a lot of them.

    One age-old problem is flash video performance on OSX, its plain bad, and machine slow down due to flash video should be expected.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Would you please elaborate?
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No.
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    Yes. Some, very much so.
    Not like Windows. It depends on how much hard drive space and RAM you have, to process the tasks at hand.
    There are exactly zero viruses in the wild that run on current Mac OS X. There haven't been any for years.
     
  6. clevin macrumors G3

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    well, I guess McAfee released OSX AV software a week ago just for air then.

    You are either being double standard, or just mis-stating. If there haven't been any viruses for Mac OSX for years, then there haven't been that many for windows vista/7 neither.
     
  7. yosi199 thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, fast replies! Thanks for the info people, are there any suggestion you can give a newcomer into the mac world?

    Eidorian - from my experience with windows, if you install tons of apps you will see a major performance hog, slow downs and what not. A clean install is blazing fast and then after a few months of use you see a major slowdown.
     
  8. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    As he said, there are no viruses. But there are Trojans, Spyware, and Worms. ;)

    (Altough, all of them require an administrator password to install, so it's pretty much the user's fault.)
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's much more painful for me under OS X and with a 5400 RPM hard drive.

    Disable as much as you can at startup. It doesn't matter how many applications you have installed if they're not running.

    I have many more startup applications under OS X. You can't expect me to manually launch them every time to save a few seconds getting to the desktop. Keeping your desktop clean helps too. I hope to get a SSD next year. You don't want to see my Start Menu and taskbar either.
     
  10. clevin macrumors G3

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    update your system when its available

    disable safari's auto open function, since its a security threat

    try VLC

    if you want to reinstall OSX to remove the unnecessary fat, do it right after you got it.

    The track pad is different, but very nice, you should learn it use it more.
    right, then there have been how many virus for windows vista/7 then? with this terming criteria?

    PS. I don't think they all need admin password.
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    MplayerX and Movist constantly fight over my heart. To be honest every video playback application under OS X is rather crash prone. You don't see people blaming Apple for it though.
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, they released it to make money from those who don't know better.
    There's a big difference between "any" and "that many". There has never been a virus in the wild that runs on Leopard or Snow Leopard. There are trojans, which can easily be avoided by the user being careful what they install, but there are NO Leopard or Snow Leopard viruses. Clear enough? You're welcome to prove me wrong, by naming just one.
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  13. clevin macrumors G3

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    hehe, thanks for the input. There seems a lot of variants of MPlayer peoject, none of them seems very well tho. The Mplayer OSX I used before couldn't seek properly on wmv files.
    well. 1. Trojans, worms, malwares should not be underestimated in terms of damage they could do. At least I know apple categorize them as "viruses". 2. Im interested in the number of viruses for windows vista/7, do you have a number?
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I like MPlayerX and Movist a little more than MPlayer OS X Extended. It just depends on how you want your fonts to be rendered and keyboard shortcuts. They're all starting to look identical as it is. Multithreaded decoding makes a showing in one version as stable or experimental only to disappear in the next one.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I agree, but these can be avoided by the user only downloading and installing software from reputable sources.
    No, I use a Mac, so I don't have to keep up with Windows viruses anymore. Besides, the OP's question is about Mac AV, not Windows.

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