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Hello.

I know nothing about Mac's so here's a simple question:
do Mac computers get viruses / spyware, etc., when on the internet?

I have heard many times that they do not. Please give me the definitive answer.

If they do, what software do you recommend to counter it?

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G.

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PLEASE do not put "Mac's" when you mean the plural rather than the possessive, it annoys a great deal of people out there...
and yes, Macs do get viruses, but on no scale compared to Windows machines

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There are some viruses for Mac's, but nothing you can just "catch" while surfing the internet. For the few Mac viruses out there, there are thousands more for Windows. But no, virus software is not necessary.

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so, surfing the internet is danger free...sounds too good to be true! :D (from a PC user).

Finally, let me get this straight; I need to use NO protection software when using MacOS X?

[I'm having trouble getting my head around this concept!!!!!!!!!!!]

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i guess there is nav for macos

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what do you use?

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no antivirus here, it's useless for now, all the "virus" you can get are bad apps asking for an admin pass to be installed

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do you use any protection software?

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my brain

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how about rootkit? does that consider dangerous?

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do you use any protection software?

My guess is 90%+ of the people don't.

Remember, just because a Mac may not be affected by most viruses, doesn't mean it can't relay them onto Windows users.

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Simple question: do you use any protection software?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain

what kind of protection do you want?!

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my brain is asking your brain for an answer...

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i use nothing.... i thought it was clear...lol

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many thanks :)

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PLEASE do not put "Mac's" when you mean the plural rather than the possessive, it annoys a great deal of people out there...
and yes, Macs do get viruses, but on no scale compared to Windows machines


:unsure: I would be very gratefull if you could tell me how you had your system QUAD booted.. i mean which programs help you to do it and how you use them!!!

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Quit surfing porn sites and downloading illegal copies of retail software and you may never end up with a virus on your "Mac's."

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The only third party tool I used was EasyBCD from Neosoft, other than that it's all possible just by installing to different drives.

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Only used Symantec Antivirus back in the system 7 days. I quit using after that. I think i remember reading there were something like a hundred viruses for mac os classic, and like 40 something thousand for windows at the time like 8 years ago. Any current viruses for Mac OS X would require you to run a program and input an administrator password to install. Even rootkits require a password.





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