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System safety when downloading

A topic by BitGlass Games created Mar 31, 2016 Views: 279 Replies: 2
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Hi everyone,

First of all I want to say how awesome it is to see a site like this. There's so much great stuff being made by Joe/Jane Blow and it's great to see a market place for them. (Computer Open That Door is the first time in a long time that a game has made me laugh)

I do have one question about downloading in general.

Obviously these titles are provided as-is, any damage is the user's to take care of/prevent.

However, what steps can I as a user take to prevent issues. To give an example, I downloaded another title, started playing and it crashed my system pretty badly. No keyboard response, screen turned to a jumble of random coloured pixels. I could only get it back to the desktop by hard reseting my machine and entering Safe Mode and then rebooting again in normal mode.

Not looking for a solution to this specific problem, I just want to know what permanent risks I may be opening my system to and secondly, what kind of things do other users do to protect themselves. A virus scanner is the most obvious tool but what about non-malicious stuff like I described above?

FYI, I'm using a mid-2010 iMac with OS X 10.8.

Admin

Hey,

In the future we'll likely add automated virus scanning, but that can only catch so many issues. For me, I try to run games I download outside of my regular user account.

Did this specific game try to do something malicious, or do you think it was a bug in the code? If you haven't already, you can report the game on the bottom of the game's page. We can forward your report to the developer so they can look into it. (Or if it's a malicious game we can remove it from the site)

Thanks for the reply leafo. Sorry about the late response, I've been without a computer since I posted here. Turned out the video issue was a dead/dying video card.

TBH, I think the issue was my computer but it did give me cause to reflect.

Could a game crash a computer semi/permanently?


Re: alternate user; do you mean create a guest user that has no privileges? That sounds like a good start.

I think I might run any downloads in a window (rather than fullscreen) until I'm sure they're ok. That way it's at least easier to exit out of the program.


Is there a technical discussion thread that covers this sort of stuff already?


cheers,

d