In a few months (got to save up the money), I'll be getting my first Mac. I keep hearing about how, while nothing is absolute, no-one seems to run any kind of antivirus softwear on apple products. The local Apple Store (MacMan, cute name) has been around since the mid 90's, and they say in all that time, their BUSINESS computers have never had any. They claim never to have had a problem. Not that I don't believe them, but I'm looking for some (read many) second opinions. Antivirus, firewalls, maitenance software? None? Really?
On my Win7 machine, I'm running Norton 360. I've always run Norton, always hated it bogging things down and interfering with various processes, but always trusted it. However, if I can loose all or most of this stuff, on a Mac, that would almost be worth switching, all by itself.
Is being this nervous about not having any web security stuff installed a normal thing for those who switch OS's, or am I just being a wuss?
Do you speak of Johannes S?
Because as far as i'm concerned Johannes was a very Avid Apple supporter, But he also had a clear Enjoyment of Windows 8.
His reason for using mac hardware was very much more tolerable and acceptable, compared to the many that are considered cult like, by us Personal computer users.
Heh It's funny how They Call us windows fanboys when were really Computer fanboys.
Lol that was made my day maurice.
True now i remember Johannes a bit better.
I still think he liked windows 7 and not enough mac fanboys can respect the OS that is still superior to the fail OS X Leopard remakes that keep happening.
I'm running windows 7 home premium 64 bit with no anti virus, no anti spyware, firewall disabled, windows defender disabled, and uac disabled. Come at me bro.
I don't consider you a fanboy or Cultist or anything just because you went out and bought the computer. Although your specific reasons doesn't Fit into the way in my eyes i would call a good reason, But never the less, No Hate, no beef.
As i've got enough proof that your not another fanboy.
Your just an innocent happy Consumer!
Best of luck to you sir!
i've never had any viruses on my windows machines using vista and 7.
Nor did i ever have anything major from Xp although i did have a couple.
At the time of vista and the current 7 Microsoft has become alot stronger on Security.
I've done enough blabbing and i don't need to explain why lol
I don't wanna sound rude when i say this but their's no way you were smart computer using then man, My Compaq laptop was bought in late 2008, Not one virus, Nothing, Fricken Smooth fast use computer, and it's also an AMD laptop, it is now 2012 and the thing still works, Although it's gon through 2 shitty power adapters 1 witch was HP honored and replaced for free, the second i bought, witch didn't last a year, and HP honored that part and replaced it free. third well is for Life backup extension of the machine witch is pretty much a test laptop for other Operating systems, and a general back up computer, with no battery, It gets HOT the fan has never been cleaned obviously, and it's had only a 35$ used Inverter part installed on it (total 75$ in labor, and they polished the screen and shit)
pretty good but old and has a Red screen issue when in certain position, Not exactly reliable. But it came with vista! AND RAN IT GOOD, drivers and everything! However the momment i put windows 7 O n it, i mean it works fgood and all but HP Failed to make USB driver supports properly so, Nothing Works on the USB's except an external hard drive, that came with a disc tho.
Wuz? I think not. You are just trying to protect yourself. I would for sure run an anti-virus program and if the over rated Mac will allow it, I would install a firewall.
Well as a long time heavy Windows AND Mac user, I no longer use Macs at all these days. There is no need for them in my life. All I have ever used for an AV is Microsoft's (Microsoft Security Essentials) own anti-virus tools since they have come out. Its quite light footed and silent, you don't even know its there. Really, what it comes down to is keep off crappy websites. I've had maybe one virus in 10 years, so that proves they can be avoided by smart surfing and common sense. I have 5 active windows computers in the house since the 90's with maybe 3 total viruses, to me I'll take the virus's (which are getting more and more scarce because of Windows better security) over Mac closed non compatible what they ram down your throat systems. Hell, they aren't even back compatible with themselves. Windows 7 was a huge revival for the Windows platform, I wouldn't trade it for any other OS, EVER. There's my 2 cents worth. ty ty.
I find that AVG still detects more Little things, and so does zone alarm, then MSE.
But then again i use MSE because it's Light weight, Not in the way, and it works great.
I've never had a virus or malware at all in years. The last time i had a virus That i couldn't remove and it was Quaratined, was with Windows XP.