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best antivirus/spyware, etc or MAC OSX [dual boot?]
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September 20, 2010
5:29 PM
Prema
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so waht is hte best AV/ spyware for a MAC OSX? or do we not need it?

 

i will be getting a mac when hte next macbook pro update comes out (feb. 2011??) so yes.. .

 

also should i dual boot it. i have a free version of Windows 7, so i was wondering if i should dual boot it, i will be going to collage, etc. so ??

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November 21, 2010
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Hi Prema, Ive seen a free AV for Mac called iantivirus but it only does your mac, if you dual boot several of the big name AV's make dual boot specific paid versions to do both OS.

November 21, 2010
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Me thinks you don't need one for Mac. Just be smart about web-surfing. Dual boot is nice, but requires some *tinkering* which you will need to read up on (ex: Boot Camp). Oh and use an antivirus on the Windows partition if you decide to dual boot.

November 22, 2010
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Mac’s usually don’t need anti-virus. Not because they are less susceptible to them, but because fewer viruses are written to attack Macs because they are not as ubiquitous. However, as (and if) Apple gains market share, that will change and viruses will be written for Macs. But for now, safe surfing should be fine.

In addition to Boot Camp, you can also buy software such as Parallels that allow you to run Windows in a VM so that you don’t have to reboot to access Windows. But unless you need a program that exists only for Windows, why bother?

Also, Windows does not come in a “free” version. So while it is possible that you would be transferring a valid (paid for) Windows license from another PC, talking about a “free” version of Windows makes me a little suspicious. Please do not post anything on dotTech that even refers to software not obtained by legal means (apology in advance if I mistook your statement, but we try hard to keep dotTech clean).

November 22, 2010
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I have a free copy of 7 ultimate , thankyou Microsoft for your help for students, but I wish Office etc was free , their still around 80 dollars.

November 22, 2010
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@Waynos: Did you grab it from MSDNAA? That is were I got my Windows 7 for “free” (I put “free” in quotes because someone had to pay for the MSDNAA subscription, it just wasn't me), it was Professional tho — I wasn't aware they have Ultimate on there.

November 24, 2010
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Hi Ashraf,     In AU its ELMS for MSDNAA .  I wasn't aware that the Education dept. had to pay for me  but I did see in the newspapers that when MR Gates came to Australia he gave donations to the poor ( computers for the homeless    lol ) The homeless of Melbourne were lucky.   Yes, I did find it hard to find out whats available as well as the site just has a search box and you just keep asking to find out whats available, but something that I did notice on a google search was that Paralells for MAC was available on a student discount at a college in Adelaide for around 30 to 40 dollars from memory , and over here a student card works nationwide, so I was half thinking of ruining my mac by putting windows on it. But after my recent troubles with windows Ive changed my mind.  Did you know memberships disappeared as well as posts recently?

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