With The New Mavericks, I Found Love In Bitdefender Virus Scanner

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English: An “X” colored to be similar to the logo for Mac OS X tiger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just got done updating my MacBook Pro to the latest Mac OS X which is the Mavericks.  Coincidentally with the Mavericks update, my Kaspersky antivirus for Mac is about to be expired, seven days to be exact, and so I was frantically searching for a good alternative.  I downloaded all sorts of antivirus for Mac out there, but I found many of them had performed poorly or not worked at all with Mac OS X Mavericks.  Luckily, I found one that is working rather well with Mac OS X Mavericks at this point in time.  I didn’t even have to download it on a strange website, because it is readily available in the Mac App Store.  Basically, I pulled my hair out for nothing!  The antivirus I’m talking of is the Bitdefender Virus Scanner.

You can download Bitdefender Virus Scanner for free in the Mac App Store.  This antivirus app runs well, and I haven’t found any trouble with it yet.  It does not slow down my MacBook Pro at all, and so this is a really big plus.  I found most Mac antivirus software tend to slow down my MacBook Pro a lot, but Bitdefender Virus Scanner proves to be not this sort of case at all.  One downside to this Mac antivirus app is that it does not have a real time monitoring/scanning feature.  You know how the antivirus software on Windows would behave?  (Lurking in the background and checking to see if there is a malicious process!)

Bitdefender Virus Scanner also got a paid version, and you can also find it in the Mac App Store.  I think it is being called as Virus Scanner Plus.  I think the paid version comes with more features such as Continuous Scan, but I don’t really know what this feature does since I haven’t yet bought the paid version.

I combine Bitdefender Virus Scanner with Little Snitch Network Monitor to add an additional sound security defense measure for my MacBook Pro.  The first line of defense is obviously would be the Mac OS X Mavericks’ default firewall.  Still, you can never know how much computer security measures would be enough, because there is always that somebody who knows just enough to poke a hole through your computer security defense.  I hope this little confession of mine will be of some help to Mac users who are thinking of adding an antivirus program to their computer security defense.

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Apple Announced The Next Generation MacBook Pro For 15″ And 13″

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English: Unibody MacBook Pro Deutsch: MacBook Pro 5. Generation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the next generation MacBook Pro yet, therefore I can’t really snap a picture of it.  I guess a picture of any older MacBook Pro iteration would do.  The picture is taken from Wikipedia.  Enjoy!!!

Wow, Apple had just announced new MacBook Pro that is hugely more powerful than older generation ones.  Even more, Apple is now taking order for their new MacBook Pro.  Apple calls the latest MacBook Pro as the next generation MacBook Pro.  By getting the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro at the price point of $2,199, you get a MacBook Pro that is only .71 inch thick, 7 hours battery life, weight 4.46 lbs, retina display, 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM which can be upgraded to 16 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage, dual graphic switching which includes Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, 720p FaceTime HD camera, 2 Thunderbolt ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, headphone port, SDXS card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;3 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, Up to 30 days standby time, and OS X Lion as the operating system.  I think if you buy the next generation MacBook Pro now, you get to upgrade to the next version of OS X (Mountain Lion) for free.  Got the cash?  Paying the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro at the price point of $2,799, you get a more powerful i7 processor which clocks around 2.6 GHz and can be Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz.

What I like most about the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro is that it has amazing retina display which is capable in putting current HD display on my MacBook Pro to shame.  The retina display should make the images and videos way more enjoyable as the pictures should be way more beautiful than older kind of displays.  Amazingly though, the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro’s battery lifespan is still great, up to 7 hours wireless web, even though it packs with a more powerful processor and graphic card.  I bet the next generation 15″ MacBook Pro users will love how fast it’s to be able to transfer data from the laptop to the external hard drive at breakneck speed, because the Thunderbolt ports can allow them to transfer data up to 10 Gbps.  Unfortunately, even now though not that many external hard drives are built to support Thunderbolt.  Luckily though, Apple is smart to include 2 3.0 USB ports, therefore users can still transfer data at near breakneck speed, because USB 3.0 supports data transfer up to 5Gbps.  So the highlights for me about the newest 15″ MacBook Pro are speed and display.  The prices for the newest MacBook Pro is another story, because I think it’s just too expensive as always.

Apple also had announced the release of the next generation 13″ MacBook Pro, but this one isn’t as powerful as the 15″ one.  How come?  The processor for the 13″ one is only a dual core Intel i5 or i7 processor.  Obviously, the 15″ one is more powerful since it has quad-core processor.  Besides a less powerful processor, I think the 13″ one does have all the goodies that the 15″ one has.  So, if you do need a smaller, less heavier, cheaper next generation MacBook Pro, I guess 13″ one would do.  How much cheaper?  The Intel dual core i5 13″ one touts at $1,199 and the dual core i7 13″ one touts at $1,499.  It’s a lot cheaper than the 15″ one if you actually compare the prices side by side.  My question to you is, do you like how Apple has upgraded the MacBook Pro line?

Super Fast AppleCare Service, Replacing My Logic Board And Memory Modules For Free In Regarding To Black Screen Of Death Of Mid 2010 MacBook Pro

I was pleased and still is of AppleCare Service for they had return my mid 2010 MacBook Pro in just exactly three days, and this was included shipping the machine directly to my house.  On arriving to one of many Apple Stores three days ago so Genius could take a look at the BSOD problem of my mid 2010 MacBook Pro, I was shocked to see the place was packed.  I had to watch where I was going in fear of bumping into people.  There I spoke to a stranger while waiting for a Genius agent to see me, she said Apple needed more stores or else the nightmare of waiting would continue.  Luckily, I had made an appointment through the Internet, and a Genius agent came to help me five minutes past my true appointment time.

The meeting with a Genius agent was pleasant.  He was willing to answer all my questions and more.  At one point, he told me that Apple acknowledged the BSOD problem and so I nodded in agreement.  Anyhow, he told me that my machine needed a newer logic board, and it would cost me nothing since Apple had extended one year of warranty for mid 2010 MacBook Pro on BSOD problem only.  My heart sunk as I heard of switching out the old for a newer logic board; I’d heard many people on Apple’s forums said new logic board could not solve their BSOD problem.  I told him the story, and he said Apple also knew of this and had instructed its engineers to use newer type of logic boards.  I reluctantly agreed and allowed him to keep my machine so it could be installed with a new logic board.

I was surprised and still is at the super fast service and the delivery of my mid 2010 MacBook Pro.  Apple used FedEx to ship back my machine.  It cost Apple’s $310 to have my machine fixed.  Anyhow, my machine came back with fresh installation of Mac OS X Lion.  I wasn’t worry since I had used Time Machine to back up my data beforehand.  To be fair, Genius agent had asked me about Time Machine backup in case they had to wipe all data off my machine for fresh installation of Mac OS X.  In the end, I was able to restore my data selectively.  So far so good, I had not experienced a single Black Screen of Death yet.  Crossing my fingers and hope everything will be fine for many days to come.

Here were the parts that Apple replaced for my mid 2010 MacBook Pro:

Problems they found were,

  • SD Card Issue
  • Memory Caused Kernnel Panic

After the replacement of bad components, they tested my hardware and no problem was found!