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Windows 7: I don't know Jack about MAC but need help with a question

13 Jul 2011   #11

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Hey on a slightly different issue but related, why does the Mac tout that it doesn't get viruses like PC's do? I see that Mac recommends AV programs but then also says to not run to get one as there's just no hurry like the risk just isn't the does that happen in this day and age of bored hackers......they (the hackers) can't all be on PC's?
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13 Jul 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Funnily enough a friend of mine, a Window's man from a way back and someone with a greater technical knowledge than me and someone who used a much greater variety of software than myself, has just bought himself an 27" iMac.
He is absolutely bowled over by it and has become a fanboi overnight.
As for viruses, I've always heard that because it it a Unix system like Linux, it was inherently less prone to virus attacks.
There is also the notion that, up until recently, Mac OSX was a tiny fraction of the market. As such it was supposedly not as worthwhile to write viruses for Mac systems. Always had my doubts about this theory however
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13 Jul 2011   #13

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Excellent conjectural John. It just sounds like my brother may be getting another Mac. I'm so disappointed ! Maybe one of each?
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14 Jul 2011   #14

Windows 7 64b Ultimate

I agree.... it was a case of being only a tiny fraction of the market. However, by now we have the first incidents of malware on iPhones and I'm afraid it won't take long for standard MAC OS's to have similar vulnerability attacks as Windows has...

BTW, I'm still checking which is the oldest version MAC OS that can do this but am now sure that my son and I transfer loads of files (Data, music and movies) by using an external NTFS HDD formatted by my PC...
We have no special software for that.

Even got something for 10.4:
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