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Not for Snow Leopard!

  • Sep 14, 2009
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It's a shame that Trend Smart hasn't upgraded Smart Surfing to perform with Snow Leopard. I feel it's a good program, because no matter what anyone says about Mac's legendary immunity from viruses and other nuisances, eventually some cybercrook is going to find an "in," and all the other morons will follow suit.

It's not so much that Mac is impregnable. It's more like there haven't been enough Macs in use to make it worthwhile for the crooks.

Don't worry. That'll change.

What I wanted was Trend Smart Surfing to be in place, "just in case."

I installed it and it was an interesting experience. It pulled up a few malware annoyances, then disposed of them nicely.

But meanwhile, it slowed my system by a third. I'm no computer wiz, and I don't need the fastest processor on the market, but it's annoying to be used to a good, fast computer clip, and have it slowed to where even I, a non-geek, can notice it.

I had purchased Snow Leopard after the Trend was installed. By the time it got here, I knew from online quips that Smart Surfing and Snow Leopard were oil and water.

So the Smart Surfing had to go.

If you're not on Snow Leopard, and you have a different operating system, Smart Surfing may be a good investment. It didn't HURT my puter, but it did slow it down.

i know if it catches something that could do major puter damage, the moderate system slowness would be a small price to pay. But for me - with Snow Leopard and its putative improvements - Smart Surfing wasn't a good fit.

If you're a little behind the curve with wanting the latest Mac stuff (like the Snow Leopard O/S upgrade), I'd say try Smart Surfing. Can't hurt (much), and could help a lot.

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