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PostSubject: Just realized something   Wed May 29, 2013 6:21 pm

I've had my mac for over five years and this whole time I have not used a single Anti-Virus program. Am I retarded? Or do most mac users not use this? I haven't noticed any of my friends doing checks on their macs, but I feel like it'd be a pretty good idea.

I was googling around and I heard Avast is a reputable program, and its free most importantly
Can anyone vouch? Does it slow your computer down?

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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Wed May 29, 2013 6:48 pm

mac users dont generally need them because only about 3% of viruses and stuff are made for macs. majority of the world uses pc. at least thats what ive heard.

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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Wed May 29, 2013 7:37 pm

That's because you only get viruses if you go to shady websites and the like. If you stick to reputable websites and not download fishy things, then you should never have a virus.
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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Wed May 29, 2013 8:15 pm

Oh god I can't even imagine how long a scan of my computer would take

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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Thu May 30, 2013 3:04 am

I would go for Avast. That's what I've used for years now.

It's true that it's more difficult to get viruses for Macs, but they do still make them. As a rule of thumb, like Taxer said, if you avoid shady websites and be smart with downloads you will mostly be alright. But sometimes shit can't be avoided though

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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Thu May 30, 2013 3:13 am

I only trust Microsoft Security Essentials, but I guess thats not really an option for you. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Thu May 30, 2013 11:33 am

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I would go for Avast. That's what I've used for years now.

It's true that it's more difficult to get viruses for Macs, but they do still make them. As a rule of thumb, like Taxer said, if you avoid shady websites and be smart with downloads you will mostly be alright. But sometimes shit can't be avoided though

yeah make sure you download shit from the correct website. last two shits i got were from downloading vlc and firefox from (apparently) bad sites. came bundled with trojans. i use malwarebytes btw.

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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Thu May 30, 2013 1:03 pm

I have definitely downloaded sketchy files before. My Mac has just taken it like a champ. Do anti-virus programs removed potential threats? Or do they just warn you about some unreliable sites or corrupted files you already have?

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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Thu May 30, 2013 2:17 pm

anti-virus will block or remove stuff when they happen. stuff like malwarebytes is like a scan that happens that removes it afterward. at least thats my understanding of it

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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Fri May 31, 2013 6:05 pm

Avast is king, hasn't let me down in more than 10 years. I'm not sure how the Mac equivalent works because I'm not a hipster chimp guzzling $200 espressos at an obscure coffee shop while boasting about a social network, but if it's anything like the Windows version, it's an all too necessary piece of software to go without.

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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Fri May 31, 2013 6:18 pm

Ahah I went into Media Studies okay guys, we used exclusively Mac computers at the school.

I'll download Avast later tonight

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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:59 pm

I'm just teasing. I can't harbor the same anti-establishment opinion that the Linux/Android community have when it comes to roasting Apple. Still, you have to admit there's something shady about an organization that outsources its parts manufacturing, has an offshore tax evasion company set up in Ireland and remains relatively untouched in this age of corporate espionage and media scrutiny.



Pretty hilarious.

Not to say that the companies that manufacture PC parts are any more responsible in the way of OEM distribution (see: Foxconn, which at one point in time was in bed with Apple), but Apple is under the eye of the media by their own advent. While they tend to be the go-to choice for media development, there's little a Mac can do that a PC can't. That's my personal kill-switch for Mac groupies, anyway.

It sounds like this is what you're made to use because of your courses. I'm sure it isn't bad by any stretch, compared to the abysmal Windows 8 "experience."



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PostSubject: Re: Just realized something   Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:52 pm

Yeah I think this will probably be the only Mac that I'll buy as I'm pretty sure I wont be having a media related job anytime soon. The main reason to own it was for its vital ability to just be compatible with the school. There is no reason for these laptops to be so expensive. It is very user friendly, which indeed is nice but I feel like dropping 2 grand on this was a pretty big joke

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