Originally Posted by kotatsu
I have a Mac AND a PC, so I feel quite qualified to comment.
I have no virii on either, no issues on either, and no complaints with either.
A lot of folks say this. I wonder how many have been rooted and don't know because their avs isn't reporting anything.
I spend zero time looking after either other than 30 seconds installing Windows Security Essentials (a free download) on my Win 7 box when I got it. It handles everything automatically and never bothers me. It has never found a virus and I have never had any issues.
"We grabbed the next 10 unique samples that arrived in the SophosLabs feed to see how well the newer, more secure version of Windows and UAC held up. Unfortunately, despite Microsoft's claims, Windows 7 disappointed just like earlier versions of Windows. The good news is that, of the freshest 10 samples that arrived, 2 would not operate correctly under Windows 7."http://www.sophos.com/blogs/chetw/g/...-8-10-viruses/
Yes, that's UACs and not the anti-virus in MSSE.
"The product's overall performance on the malware removal test was average, not outstanding. It detected 89 percent of the malware samples and scored 7.0 of 10 possible points for removal, the same score Prevx 3.0 attained. On a parallel test using commercial keyloggers, its scores were decidedly low: 30 percent detection and 1.8 points for removal. But that low detection rate indicates that Microsoft isn't really trying to remove most commercial keyloggers.
Although Microsoft touts the product's live kernel behavior monitoring and other features specific to rootkit removal, in practice the software detected only 67 percent of rootkit-type threats and scored just 4.9 points for removal, well below average. Hitman Pro detected 100 percent and scored 7.1 points."http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2348998,00.asp
Gee...I hope it does better than the beta. Yes, it does but not against the latest threats:
"To check dynamic malware, which is based on its behavior rather than static lists, AV-Test found that MSSE had no "dynamic detection" in place as the software failed to find any of the recently released malware used in the test
. AV-Test noted that other standalone antivirus products don't include behavior-based detection either, although that feature is typically found in full security suites."http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10366232-83.html
And of course this nice statistic that 32% of machines with up to date anti-virus software are still infected:
107,435 computer users have used the free version of Hitman Pro 3 for the first time in the period from October 10 to December 4.
78,828 users had an up-to-date antivirus program installed. 28,607 users had not.25,038 (32%) of the 78,828 users with up-to-date antivirus program were infected with malware.
13,002 (46%) of the 28,607 users without up-to-date antivirus program were infected with malware."http://www.surfright.nl/en/home/pres...pite-antivirus
This isn't to say that OS X is invulnerable. It sure isn't regardless of what Apple fans think.
But odds are 1 in 3 that you've got malware on your box without knowing about it.
As for Apple build quality, my MacBook has been repaired 4 times now (the case keeps cracking at the edges, and it's treated VERY carefully, plus the DVD drive died). My Airport Extreme drops all connections to the web about every 2 or 3 days and needs to be restarted. It's been replaced once and still does it. My iPhone has been replaced 3 times. The first had a weak 3G radio, the second was just poorly put together, and the third just flat out died. My Apple TV hasn't been replaced but loses it's connection to iTunes about once a week and needs to be restarted.
You really need to stop buying Apple products because they suck. Then you should go to a windows site and proudly proclaim that.
My PC (a Shuttle) has been replaced once when the motherboard died.
So nothing is perfect, especially Apple hardware.