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  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,985 points)
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    Dec 22, 2013 12:29 PM (in response to indy2005)

    Is there any way to check the status of the index

     

    Do a search. If it produces the expected results, Spotlight is working.

  • moira123 Calculating status...
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    Dec 22, 2013 1:21 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Hey Linc, is there anyway to pm you on this thing?

     

    I have a question about anti-virus using windows parrallell on the mac.  I use it to run some programs but sometimes I have to download programs to use.

     

    thanks so much,

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Dec 22, 2013 1:24 PM (in response to moira123)

    moira123 wrote:

     

    I have a question about anti-virus using windows parrallell on the mac.  I use it to run some programs but sometimes I have to download programs to use.

    If your question has to do with what Mac anti-malware software will reliably protect your Parallels VM, the answer is none. Use a separate Windows A-V program running within the VM to do that.

  • moira123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 22, 2013 1:59 PM (in response to MadMacs0)

    So, run the anti virus software on the windows side? 

     

    For the vast majority of the time, parralells is shutdown.  I hardly use it, just when I am video, photo or audio editing and like I said sometimes I have to download converters or codecs and stuff.

     

    thak you

  • peterk3 Calculating status...
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    Dec 22, 2013 2:11 PM (in response to peterk3)

    Hi Linc,  should I post my inquiry (Dec 20, 2013 8:52 PM) to another thread or create a new thread about my mds problem?

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Dec 22, 2013 2:24 PM (in response to moira123)

    moira123 wrote:

     

    So, run the anti virus software on the windows side?

    Exactly.

    For the vast majority of the time, parralells is shutdown.  I hardly use it, just when I am video, photo or audio editing and like I said sometimes I have to download converters or codecs and stuff.

    Not sure whether there's another question in there or not? Linc has already said:

    An anti-virus app is not needed, and should not be relied upon, for protection against OS X malware. It's useful only for detecting Windows malware. Windows malware can't harm you directly (unless, of course, you use Windows.) Just don't pass it on to anyone else.

    Which would, of course, include yourself. Although the Windows A-V software should eventually discover any malware you downloaded using OS X, if you feel a need to be warned earlier, then by all means check out these downloads using an OS X A-V package that includes signatures for Windows malware (e.g. ClamXav).

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Dec 22, 2013 2:29 PM (in response to peterk3)

    peterk3 wrote:

     

    should I post my inquiry (Dec 20, 2013 8:52 PM) to another thread or create a new thread about my mds problem?

    It is always preferable to start a new thread unless your problem is exactly the same as the OP's (same platform, OS X, apps, error messages, etc.) and is within a few days of the original post.

  • ijamessaxon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 3, 2014 11:37 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    I believe my new Mac Mini Server is also a disaster after migrating from a 2007 iMac but who knows.

     

    I sure am wondering why. 

     

    But without some explanation, though I may still be calling Apple Support, the basic conclusion drawn from the thread is that a clean Reinstall of OS X is what's needed here rather than get a Master's Degree in Spotlight.

     

    What's annoying is spending time having to fix things.  I was expecting to use my time programming, not researching why mdsCopyStoreInformation is failing.

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