Attention anyone using Win XP

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    Quote Originally Posted by eggs View Post
    save your headaches and get a mac thats what im in process of..:)
    The more people who do this, the more vulnerable it will become. Macs do not have less problems with viruses, malware, etc because they are better; they have less problems because there are less of them. It is more cost/time effective for the cyber criminals to attack Windows because it effects a larger pool of victims faster. Were Mac to ever over take Microsoft for total number of users, the malicious software would shift to targeting Macs. (At which point, I'm sure Microsoft would claim it was their "superior" product that reduced the number of attacks, just like Mac does now.)
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    The only thing missing in this thread is for someone to get the tinfoil hat rolling.
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    It's a government conspiracy!!!!!!!!1one one one

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    Quote Originally Posted by varob View Post
    I'm not sure what all this means?

    I just want to know if my Mac is safe or not???

    For the most part...yes. You still need to be careful .Macs are less prone to getting viruses and spyware

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    Download Microsoft Security Essentials. I have put it on all 160 computers on our network. Free works great, and uses a lot less resorces than adaware, spybot, malaware bytes, and even avast.
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    What kind of PC are you using that Malwarebytes could possibly use much of your resources?
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    Until a Mac can run AutoCAD in it's native OS, I will be using Win7 :)

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    I've had several of these viruses. They take about 10 minutes to remove. I don't understand the panic... throwing away a computer because of a virus?

    Google "combofix".

    At the very least you can do a restore.
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    I deal with viruses all day long, and I still prefer Windows.

    XP in fact.

    Im very comfortable saying that.

    Thats not saying Linux or Mac are lesser, its just what I prefer.

    and, I must say....buying a new PC or mac because your old one is infect is just plain silly....

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    As stated earlier I use Linux but I also have Win7 on my laptop along with two different(ish) versions of Linux. I have Ubuntu Remix, which is designed for a single processor laptop, even though I have a dual core proc. I also have Linux Mint and I am really starting to enjoy it. It is Ubuntu and a couple other distros together and I like it.
    I am starting to enjoy it. I feel it is a good distro of Linux for those that are migrating over from Windows. But, Ubuntu 9.10 is in a way better in that it has a really strong encryption for the hard drive if you choose to use it. Without the password, it is nearly impossible to get in it. Great if someone nabs your laptop.
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    Windows 7 is pretty secure also... just remember to set your admin and user password when you set the computer up for the first time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097 View Post
    Windows 7 is pretty secure also... just remember to set your admin and user password when you set the computer up for the first time.
    I also saw a video last night that said that if you rename your Admin to a different name, it also helps.
    Does Win7 have remote access on or off by default? Xp Pro would have remote registry on by default and that was a security flub. Home is supposed to have it off, but I have found it on before. This eases access to your computer remotely, not a good thing unless you are specifically having someone work on your computer remotely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus View Post
    I also saw a video last night that said that if you rename your Admin to a different name, it also helps.
    Does Win7 have remote access on or off by default? Xp Pro would have remote registry on by default and that was a security flub. Home is supposed to have it off, but I have found it on before. This eases access to your computer remotely, not a good thing unless you are specifically having someone work on your computer remotely.
    It was off by default. You do have to also enable the permission if someone does access remote. Not that it is any more or less secure then a VPN or remote access programs like gotomypc.com and such. If they have the password then there is nothing stopping them anyway.

    I never use the remote access stuff. Really I feel it is unnecessary for my use. If I was working from home I would probably use it.
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    A very interesting point is that a lot of IT specialists who work on Win all day long come home to Macs. Why? There are simply fewer issues with Macs (per computer, not by market share) than with Win computers.

    I run Win 7 on my Mac using Parallels 5 so I can use Win-specific tasks. Runs just fine. In fact, for some clients who have a knack for taking down XP machines, I've moved them to Macs using a similar setup to my own. Now, for ONLY their Windows-required activities, they just access Win through the OS-hosting software. Non-secure Internet stuff is all on the Mac side. It's as simple as switching from one app to another. For heavier hardware demands, I'd suggest using a Bootcamp partition on the Mac, load Win into that. Then run games, etc. when booted from that partition. That nets you 100% of the Intel processor and RAM, etc. instead of shared resources. That will run as fast as any Dell, etc. with comparable graphics cards, hard drive, etc.

    I also have AV software on my Mac, not so much as to safeguard my own computer but rather to prevent passing along infected files I receive from PC users. These files don't affect my Mac but I think it's more responsible to know I'm not just passing along a problem to an unsuspecting recipient (client), esp. when I will probably have to fix their computer. (Being on salary has its benefits and liabilities...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzB View Post
    I've had several of these viruses. They take about 10 minutes to remove. I don't understand the panic... throwing away a computer because of a virus?

    Google "combofix".

    At the very least you can do a restore.


    If you've gotten more than 1 virus and aren't running AV software someone has likely grabbed your confidential info at some point. Combofix won't stop it AFTER it happens. Nor can combofix secure a PC which has had a rootkit installed. Most PC experts won't even attempt to try to rescue a computer which has been attacked with a rootkit; they just wipe the HDD and reinstall and even then they won't trust the PC completely. And the restore feature means that the PC saves the virus onto the HDD so that when you do restore after deleting the bug you automatically reinstall it.

    And then of course the screwup by McAfee today surely didn't cost anyone any manhours to fix. [/sarcasm]

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