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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonFire View Post
    By that definition I could then say that PCs are built to be tremendously safe against Mac viruses. Remarkably, they're pretty good at not getting Linux viruses either.

    Are Macs better than PCs at not getting Windows viruses? Sure.
    I agree with you. If most hackers attacked Macs then I would say PC's are better against protection. But this is not the case.

    Most hackers attack windows because like you said, most computer users use PC. And since most viruses attack windows and not apple, I would say Macs are better than PCs at not getting most viruses
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    Why am I reminded of the MacBook Air commercial?


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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    I didn't want to get into the argument this time, but as a 30 year IT professional and programmer, I will tell you that it is absolutely a myth. They are not targeted because Apple computers consume such a small portion of the market, and it's not 10%, it's closer to 5.
    That is the basis of my argument. If PCs consumed the percentage that apple currently does, I would say PC is better to have because it is not targeted.

    The fact that it is not targeted as much is why IMO I believe it to be safer.

    Like I said before, Apple built around it. They didn't necessarily build a a superior program, just something that avoids what is targeted most.

    Also, since you are an IT professional, if I installed windows on a Mac, would it be as vulnerable as a regular PC that runs windows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marvel View Post
    I agree with you. If most hackers attacked Macs then I would say PC's are better against protection. But this is not the case.

    Most hackers attack windows because like you said, most computer users use PC. And since most viruses attack windows and not apple, I would say Macs are better than PCs at not getting most viruses
    You're in way over your head on this one. Bad part is you don't even realize how ridiculous your statements are. I'd throw in the towel if I were you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marvel View Post
    Like I said before, Apple built around it.
    No they didn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by marvel View Post
    Also, since you are an IT professional, if I installed windows on a Mac, would it be as vulnerable as a regular PC that runs windows?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marvel View Post
    Also, since you are an IT professional, if I installed windows on a Mac, would it be as vulnerable as a regular PC that runs windows?
    Absolutely. Virus protection has nothing to do with hardware. If you run OS X solo on a PC, it will not get Windows viruses either. BTW, loading OS X on a PC creates what is known as a Hackintosh.

    Quote Originally Posted by marvel View Post
    Like I said before, Apple built around it. They didn't necessarily build a a superior program, just something that avoids what is targeted most.
    You might want to ask Steve Jobs about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    Absolutely. Virus protection has nothing to do with hardware.
    That is what I figured.

    Mac has MAC OS X which is what apple uses to protect itself from windows viruses...correct?

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    I have to say, this thread has been pure comedy relief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    You aren't getting it. The reason there aren't viruses for Macs isn't because their protection is so amazing or because it can't be done, it's because there is no reason to do it. If I were a hacker, why would I create a virus that would attack something that less than 10% of the computer using population has? That would be stupid. If the roles were reversed, and Macs made up 90% of the population, they'd be the ones with virus issues, not PCs. The hackers aren't going to waste their time on Macs until they have a bigger market share. It's that simple. Has nothing to do with how they're built, etc.
    This statement is erroneous. The MAC'S OS X is built on the UNIX Kernel. This is one of oldest and most secure operating systems available. While MAC's can get a virus, it is very unlikely due to the operating system and a technique called "sandboxing". So to say that the only reason they don't get viruses is because they are not targeted is simply false. It has alot to do with their OS and the way they are built. Very different than PC's running Windows.

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/security/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Run To State View Post
    I have to say, this thread has been pure comedy relief.
    In complete agreement.

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    People accuse the apple fans of being too defensive, or supportive of their product but I see similar reactions here from pc users.

    I've used custom built pc's. I've never used a PC that runs as effectively as my mac. And I like what someone else Already said. I've seen PC users switch to apple. I've never heard of an apple fan going back to PC.

    It's a matter of personal opinion and I choose apple.

    Regarding the viruses...if you buy a mac you don't have to worry about viruses. That's fact. Doesn't matter why...all that matters is for now viruses aren't a threat to macs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfback20 View Post
    Regarding the viruses...if you buy a mac you don't have to worry about viruses. That's fact. Doesn't matter why...all that matters is for now viruses aren't a threat to macs.

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    I'm a PC user. I can afford a PC, so that's what I use. I dislike Apple's way of making things difficult, so, even if I could afford one, I likely wouldn't get a Mac either. I have 4G iPod shuffle, and it makes me mad that I have to use iTunes to download stuff onto it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfback20 View Post
    People accuse the apple fans of being too defensive, or supportive of their product but I see similar reactions here from pc users.

    I've used custom built pc's. I've never used a PC that runs as effectively as my mac. And I like what someone else Already said. I've seen PC users switch to apple. I've never heard of an apple fan going back to PC.

    It's a matter of personal opinion and I choose apple.

    Regarding the viruses...if you buy a mac you don't have to worry about viruses. That's fact. Doesn't matter why...all that matters is for now viruses aren't a threat to macs.
    What he said. Every word. Word up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfback20 View Post
    People accuse the apple fans of being too defensive, or supportive of their product but I see similar reactions here from pc users.

    I've used custom built pc's. I've never used a PC that runs as effectively as my mac. And I like what someone else Already said. I've seen PC users switch to apple. I've never heard of an apple fan going back to PC.

    It's a matter of personal opinion and I choose apple.

    Regarding the viruses...if you buy a mac you don't have to worry about viruses. That's fact. Doesn't matter why...all that matters is for now viruses aren't a threat to macs.
    I respect your opinion and I'm not defensive, just correcting misinformation.

    I love my MacBook. I use it all of the time. In fact, I'm on it right now. However, it's no panacea and I know plenty of Mac users that have gone back to Windows simply because they bought the Mac because "It's great!!!", then can't get the software to do what they needed or want to do. When I need to get something done, I fire up Parallels and one of my virtual Windows installations or remote out to one of my Windows workstations.

    A Mac is what it is, great for graphical design, publishing, and video production and editing. It's fine for surfing the net to work, if that is what you need to be productive, and MS Office runs well on it, short Access, which is not available for OS X. Other than that, it's a recreational computer, for which I love.

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