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Symantec Intros Norton AntiVirus Dual Protection for Mac

 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:55 pm    Post subject: Symantec Intros Norton AntiVirus Dual Protection for Mac Reply with quote

Symantec Intros Norton AntiVirus Dual Protection for Mac
Monday, March 10, 2008
Posted by: Glenn

Symantec today announced its Norton AntiVirus Dual Protection for Mac, featuring vulnerability protection technology and antivirus for Mac users running Boot Camp or Windows virtualization software. The new software package includes Norton AntiVirus 11 for Mac and Norton AntiVirus 2008 for Windows. According to the company, this combination of software provides comprehensive protection from both Mac and Windows-based vulnerabilities and viruses. The Norton Dual Protection for Mac is priced at $69.95. It is available either as a download or on CD.



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the point of AV software on OSX? As for anti-virus / anti-spyware / anti-malware on Windows, nothing beats Kaspersky, right? The old guard (e.g. Symantec) are too scared of being sued for blocking "legitimate" malware to effectively block them.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the resulting system resource usage and instability is similar to that caused by the Windows version, then Norton is more damaging than any mac "virus" out there. Horrible, horrible piece of software.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this is anything remotely like the previous versions of NAV for Mac it's going to cause system instability, slowdowns and be a real pain in the ass to remove.

Until there's a real threat of viruses on the Mac, I'll steer clear. And for Windows, I use AVG.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zuzu wrote:
What's the point of AV software on OSX?.


There isn't one, but I think it's a good idea to run something like AVG on your Windows partition.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:18 pm    Post subject: Symantec = MalWare Reply with quote

The best software to SCREW UP you Mac is anything from Symantec.

avoid at all costs.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to swear by Norton AV on the PC, however in recent years it just became a resource hog as it got more and more bloated. I ended up uninstalling it and switching it AVG, it was like suddenly having a new machine.

No way would I let it anywhere near my Mac.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no personal experience with the Mac version of Norton AV, but Norton AV 2001 and 2002 were probably the last acceptable releases for Windows. It became such a resource hog after that. Like others have mentioned, AVG is probably the best thing going these days.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't mean for this to be a smart ass question, but what does the Mac version of Norton scan for? I don't think there are any known viruses. Does it just look for Windows viruses on your system (like in Mail), so you don't pass them along? Or does it look for things like QuickTime vulnerabilities or something?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cypher wrote:
I used to swear by Norton AV on the PC,


Most Apple Mac users "swear at Norton AV"
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was an AVG user on Windows too. Didn't seem to take much CPU to keep it running, unlike Norton.

On a completely unrelated topic, I just upgraded my Mac mini to 3GB - w00t! Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelSpinners wrote:
I don't mean for this to be a smart ass question, but what does the Mac version of Norton scan for? I don't think there are any known viruses. Does it just look for Windows viruses on your system (like in Mail), so you don't pass them along? Or does it look for things like QuickTime vulnerabilities or something?

Maybe it scans for the trojans mentioned in this article...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This probably means that Norton now has a team of people writing viruses for the Mac. I've always been a little suspicious of a company whose livelihood depends on there being viruses...so, if one day people stopped making new viruses, Norton would just say "oh well, I guess we did our job. Lets move to Florida and get a tan!" I don't think so.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw something interesting about this new bundle on Cnet the other day.

http://www.news.com/8301-10789_3-9897122-57.html

I see a name change coming. Laughing
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