Need Answers!!!

@Rozie37 (15499)
Turkmenistan
June 16, 2007 12:06am CST
As some of you may know, my best friend is getting her first computer soon. However, she is getting an old laptop from her cousin, and I have a desktop. She said that her cousin told her that you can not get a virus with a laptop computer. Is this true or not? She admits that her cousin does not know everything, so she said that she is planning to get virus protection anyway. Is this,anti-spyware and a firewall needed for a laptop? She said that it is an Apple computer. I don't even know if that makes a difference.
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@dekzee (38)
• Philippines
18 Jun 07
Yep. Laptops and Desktops with the same operating system get the same viruses. Apple and Macs are tougher to infect but still get a flu once in a while. If you're a windows user, better have an updated anti-virus, anti-spyware program.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
18 Jun 07
Okay, I did not know that they were harder to infect. My friend just got her Apple laptop yesterday. I have a Compaq desktop and have always had virus protection.
@draco666 (174)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Laptop, desktop, pda, or tablet pc they all can get viruses even with mac, linux, or bsd. Always protect your self with the proper protection you are simply asking for trouble
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@santuccie (3380)
• United States
16 Jun 07
No stupid answers here, Rozie37. You ask a perfectly valid question. In answer, a laptop can get a virus just the same as a PC with the same operating system. However, Mac OS does have a couple advantages over Windows. Mac OS has a tougher shell design than even Windows Vista, though still not invincible (there are Mac viruses out there as well). It also has the advantage of obscurity, only holding about 2% of the global market. Whatever operating system you use, "Better safe than sorry" is my philosophy. Every personal computer should have antivirus, antispyware, and firewall. Here's a nice little webpage I found that lists free security software for Windows, Mac, and Linux (most of them are only for Windows, so pay attention): http://www.itsecurity.com/features/103-free-security-apps-041607/ Hope this helps!
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• United States
16 Jun 07
Apple computers do not have the viruses that the PC's get. When I meed PC's I mean not Apple brand computer. It does not matter if it is a lap top or a desk top apple. I know this from a friend who has a apple
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
19 Jun 07
I have a laptop, an apple, I have no virus protection on it. Viruses for apples are virtually non-existent. I think in time, we will need additional virus protection on the Apple but at this point we are still good with the software that Apple has developed for us.