Heh, better than getting a PC and having to spend hours removing all the junk when you first start it up ::):
Yeah, you're right, spending $100 more at Best Buy or ordering direct online from Microsoft.com to get a PC without crapware is such a gigantic hassle that the only possible solution is to spend 3 times as much money as you need to buy a Mac!
Don't get me wrong, I love both. I have a mac desktop and a pc laptop - I just find Macs much easier right out of the box, and safer to use!
Except for the 700,000 Macs that have been infected with the Flashback botnet, this botnet is in fact the worst outbreak of malware in many years, and is, proportionally, worse than any Windows based malware in history.
The worst Windows based malware ever is 'Conficker' which, at its peak afflicted 0.7% of all Windows PC's in October 2010....by comparison, Flashback at its peak has hit more than 2% of all Macs in use.....
So in other words, in terms the percentage of infected computers, Flashback has caused more than twice as much damage as ANY Windows based malware in history.
And it gets worse than that...
Conficker was released in late 2009, but it targeted a vulnerability in Windows XP that was patched in early 2008, more than 18 months earlier. The only people afflicted are the one who were badly out of date on their updates.
On the other hand, Flashback first appeared in October 2011, the vulnerability that it attacked was not patched until 7 months later, in April 2012.
So what that means is, a Windows user who installs all the Windows updates had zero chance of getting hit with Conficker. But a Mac user who had installed all the updates had ABSOLUTELY NO PROTECTION against Flashback for more than 7 months.
That's a truly awful record of security.