Help - Easy Norton Question!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Afro1989, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. Afro1989 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey people, I'm ordering a Mac Mini today and was wondering if I should buy Norton for it even though I've heard so much about how Macs never get Spyware, viruses, etc. Do you guys think I would need any type of security like Norton? Thanks so much!
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I think Norton is a waste of money, a total gimmick for Macintosh's. I would say just get a free download of McAfee or something if you are really worried. I haven't had anti-virus on my Mac's since the late 90's. Classic had some malicious software, but OS X has very little to worry about.
     
  3. Afro1989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I had a PC and had lots of problems with Spyware, which slowed everything down a lot and also caused many other problems. I got AdAware and that solved most of my problems. Would I need AdAware when I buy my Mac? Thanks.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Not unless you run Windows under VirtualPC. There are no known adware or malware programs that impact OS X at this time. Safari will not allow a program to run on the host computer except through the standard channels (flash and Java) without your permission. You shouldn't have too many issues with this....

    The principle vector for these programs is ActiveX. Which does not function on Macs. And even if you use a PC and you only use Firefox for browsing, you will find that adware becomes a 99% non-issue without additional software such as adaware.
     
  5. Nermal Moderator

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    No. You wouldn't believe the number of "Norton screwed up my system" stories I've heard! :eek:
     
  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Do not buy Norton. If anything it will harm your system to put it on, by causing it to crash, slow down, etc. There is no need for such a program on the Mac, as there are no viruses, spyware, adware, etc. to worry about - it's one of the benefits of owning a Mac in the first place! :cool:
     
  7. Chasealicious macrumors member

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    I hear that 4 out of 5 Mac users who purchase the Norton suite get attacked by ninjas within 30 days.
     
  8. adk macrumors 68000

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    Definitely don't buy it. My school made me download Virex in order to use their network, and it used up every bit of my available processing speed - Usually about 75% of my CPU's power. Needless to say, Virex is no longer with me.
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, and while it has never been clear who would win in a battle between Ninjas and Pirates, it is generally accepted that the average Ninja can beat the snot out of the average Mac user. :(
     
  10. dmetzcher macrumors regular

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    Norton Utilities and/or Norton SystemWorks has been known to cause problems on the Mac platform. I say this from my own experience. It's also not necessary. If you want to scan your computer once a week or so for viruses, you can use ClamXav. It's free and open source, and it works fine. Don't waste your money on Symantec's software until they actually pay attention and correct their own issues on the Mac platform.
     
  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Completely agree - Norton causes more troubles than it prevents. Do not buy. :cool:
     
  12. ll350 macrumors member

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    How do you turn off Norton Auto-Scan?

    My friend has a used iBook, that came with a copy of Norton installed on it. It will automatically try to scan everything that is mounted. Try as I might, I can't find a pref. panel or anything for it. How do you turn this off?
     
  13. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    Do a search in spotlight or the finder for everything with "norton" in the name, and delete it.
     
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Muahahaa!!
     

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