Do I need to install Anti-Virus software on my new computer?

Short Answer: No

Long Answer: On older computers, you used to need to download a third party1 anti-virus software. On modern computers, the pre-installed programs are very capable and can replace paid and free third party software of the past.

On a Windows computer, the default Microsoft anti-virus program that comes pre-installed on your computer is very good and free. It will keep itself up to date and run automatic scans without you having to do anything. You can also run a scan manually.

On an Apple computer you generally don’t need any anti-virus software as most virus are written for Windows computers (the largest user base worldwide) and are .exe files, which cannot be opened on a Mac.

The only other program you might want to download both on Windows and Apple when it comes to computer security is Malwarebytes, which offers free and paid options.

Malwarebytes is is an anti-malware software for Microsoft Windows,[4] macOS, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS that finds and removes malware.[5] Made by Malwarebytes Corporation, it was first released in January 2006. It is available in a free version, which scans for and removes malware when started manually, and a paid version, which additionally provides scheduled scans, real-time protection and a flash-memory scanner.



  1. Third-party software is a computer program created or developed by a different company than the one that developed the computer’s operating system. For example, any software running on a Microsoft computer that was not created by Microsoft is third-party software.

Exporting photo(s) to attach on a Mac


  1. Open the Photos app on your Mac
  2. Find the photo(s) you want
  3. Single Click, Hold and Drag the photo onto your Desktop1 then release the mouse/track pad
  4. Your Photo is now on the Desktop
    • To export multiple photos repeat steps 1-4 as needed


  1. Open website, email, or document you want to attach photos to
  2. Click Attach (usually a paperclip icon)
  3. A Finder2 window will open, click on Desktop on the left side panel of the window
  4. Find the photo(s) (names or thumbnails3) you want to attach
  5. Click on the photo, then click Attach or Upload in the bottom right of the Finder window
  6. Your photo is now attached
    • To attach multiple photos, repeat steps 1-5 as needed

  1. Desktop – The background screen you see when your computer turns on.
  2. Finder – This is the window & program you see and use when you browse your files on your computer.
  3. Thumbnail – A small icon of an image. Can be seen depending on finder viewing settings