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Propagation... Didn't even notice the other spelling of favorite.

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22 yrs on macs and I've always used some sort of free antivirus protection. And i've never had a virus or malware issue that I was aware of.

I recommend using some sort of antivirus protection since it's free. I used clamxAV for years but the interface is pretty bad, so I recently changed to avast. avast works well on the PC so it made sense to use it on the mac. I had to disable the online security extension for avast (for the Mac) since it was slowing firefox down to a crawl. works fine now with that extension disabled. avast seems to work well in the background and I don't have to do anything since it auto updates itself. if you want once a month or can run a scan if you like.

common sense and knowledge go a long way. watch what your clicking on. Never click banner ads. the ad may say it's going to apple.com but it may be going somewhere else. never open email attachments from anyone including friends unless you first make sure the friend did send send it.

most of the bad guys still go after windows users but that could change. better safe than sorry.
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most of the bad guys still go after windows users but that could change. better safe than sorry.
It has and did so a long time ago - malware is not new to OS X.

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yeah Im getting old. can't keep up with the new info anymore. things change too fast for me. lol
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yeah Im getting old. can't keep up with the new info anymore. things change too fast for me. lol
Mac-Forums is a great place to visit frequently...exactly for reasons/info like this. If something dangerous should appear...we should be one of the first to know about it.

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You might mention a certain dastardly trick that can be played on the web: looking for a particular video (about Byron) I found myself with the page of academic videos from Italian Radio that seemed appropriate. To make a long story short, I ended up committing myself to a €90 payment to something called Italia-programmi. I took my data to the internet police here in Rome and it turned out that the organization (or is it organisation in Canadian?) was well known to them. Needless to say, I never paid Italia-programmi, which will certainly be in operation under a new name at this point. My point is that there seem to be rogue sites that can blot out virtuous ones.
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