Is there any use for Norton for Mac?

boneca

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I know that Mac are safe or should I say safer than Windows based pc, but If I have a chance to install Norton 9 for Mac should I do it?
 

maya

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stoid said:
NO! Norton for the Mac does nothing but hog and waste system resources. It will slow down your computer, and constantly get in your way. Do not bother with ANY Norton product for the Mac, as they are all crap.
Agreed, don't even know why they even bother making product for the Mac. ;) :)
 

boneca

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stoid said:
NO! Norton for the Mac does nothing but hog and waste system resources. It will slow down your computer, and constantly get in your way. Do not bother with ANY Norton product for the Mac, as they are all crap.
thx for advise, btw any other virus/spam/tor. remover tools out there for Mac just in case?

btw, I wasn't clear enough, I did install Norton couple of days ago. I didn't notice any slowing downs or so, but it seems it does really nothing compare to windows versions (it can't scan file(s) for viruses) and I also didn't find the place where you would be able to update th software. maybe it does all this on a back ground?
 

stoid

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boneca said:
thx for advise, btw any other virus/spam/tor. remover tools out there for Mac just in case?

btw, I wasn't clear enough, I did install Norton couple of days ago. I didn't notice any slowing downs or so, but it seems it does really nothing compare to windows versions (it can't scan file(s) for viruses) and I also didn't find the place where you would be able to update th software. maybe it does all this on a back ground?
AFAIK, there are no remover tools for Mac OS X, simply because they would be useless since there are precisely zero viruses/spyware and their ilk for Mac. Mail (OS X standard E-mail app) does a great job of blocking spam, and from what I've heard it's far better than Outlook.
 

Sun Baked

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Yes...

1. Norton Drive Utilities are a great way to destroy the file system on any current Mac. :p

2. Norton Antivirus is a great way to hog system resources and turn your system into a slug.
 

Nickygoat

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boneca said:
thx for advise, btw any other virus/spam/tor. remover tools out there for Mac just in case?

btw, I wasn't clear enough, I did install Norton couple of days ago. I didn't notice any slowing downs or so, but it seems it does really nothing compare to windows versions (it can't scan file(s) for viruses) and I also didn't find the place where you would be able to update th software. maybe it does all this on a back ground?
Try virex - comes with .mac. I think one of the preferences for Norton has an auto update - you can choose to let it update every week or so. But why bother? You'll never need it
 

maya

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Nickygoat said:
Try virex - comes with .mac. I think one of the preferences for Norton has an auto update - you can choose to let it update every week or so. But why bother? You'll never need it
Virex is good for web based work. As in iDisk for passing data back and forth and hosting.

Just to be safe that nothing has infected a file or files on your web storage, other than that as long as you have your firewall ON and update the security of the OS you should be fine. Unless you open files and attachments via email or such without knowing what it is. :p ;) :)
 

cluthz

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The best "ad/spyware" removed for mac is the Norton Uninstaller...

Norton Utils was a great mac app.... ehh.. in 1994..
The 3.2 version was really good!
Norton didn't survive the transition from classic to OSX, there is simply no use for diskutils anymore!
 

killuminati

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Hey, when I switched about a year ago I did buy norton for my mac. I was wondering how I uninstall it? Thanks
 

BornAgainMac

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I was trashing my Mac filesystem frequently with Norton. It took me a few restores before I figured out it was Norton. I was new to Macs and I thought it was normal to restore since I had done many restores with Win98 also. I think the reason I got Norton was because I wanted to surround myself with familiar software that I used with Windows as part of my switch. And I really felt that Macs needed Norton and that Mac Norton would be superior to the Windows version.

I have no comment about Norton Anti-virus but I have used .Mac free Anti-Virus program and it worked in finding some viruses on some Word docs.

The best version of Norton was back in the old DOS days when they had extensions to the command line *.bat scripts. The current Windows version seems like a stripped down Norton compared to those old days. Norton didn't use up system resources in the background with DOS.
 

rdhatfield3

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Seems like i remember an un-installer for download on their site. I remember trying to remove it from my sisters iMac and it was a pain. It gets so integrated with the kernel and trying to find all that stuff was crazy. It really did cause way more problems than it ever could have fixed. Stay away from it. I had an older version that i tried booting my computer from that had to boot in OS 9 from the CD and it would always crash before it could defrag or do anything what-so-ever useful. Stay away from it.
 

sstrippoli

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Gentlemen ... (and Ladies) - i share your passion for Mac hardware & software. in that regard we are kindred spirits. I have to differ with some of the sentiments expressed in this thread.
1)
First, let's remember to clarify that Symantec packages & markets Mac utility apps in different "flavors". By that I mean, that you can buy some of the components "a-la-carte" or piecemeal; Norton Anti-Virus for Mac ( NAV) to give one example, or you can buy it as Norton System Utilities, or as Norton SystemWorks. Some posted questions or comments may matter to one bundled version but not another. For example, you willl not be able to find AutoUpdate or SpeedDisk or FileSaver, if it wasn't in the bundle or package you bought.

2)
while, Mac's do a better job of managing & controlling ports; Macs do get virii. Lesson for us all is to NOT get complacent.

3)
with regards to DiskDoctor or other Norton Utilities, none of the available utilities get it all or get it right the first time. Each of them may pick-up certain issues and miss others. I keep Disk Warrior ( by AlSoft ) and TechTools (by MicroMat) in addition to Symantec SystemWorks.

OH !! there is one compelling reason to not buy or get used to Norton for Macs . . . . . . . Symantec has EOL'd Norton Utilities. bye-bye.
 

GodBless

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rdhatfield3 said:
Seems like i remember an un-installer for download on their site. I remember trying to remove it from my sisters iMac and it was a pain. It gets so integrated with the kernel and trying to find all that stuff was crazy. It really did cause way more problems than it ever could have fixed. Stay away from it. I had an older version that i tried booting my computer from that had to boot in OS 9 from the CD and it would always crash before it could defrag or do anything what-so-ever useful. Stay away from it.
Sounds like OS X has a virus it's called Norton Virus (minus scanner). I call anything that gets in my way a virus. That's why I switched to OS X two years ago. No more viruses. Who needs an extra system tool that does no good?
 

dr bognus

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to be honest do not get virex, i had a virus and it couldnt detect it... one of th very few osx viruses which happpened to be w97m.thus, otherwise known as a pc word virus and one of the major mac viruses although it does nothing to a mac. Take my advice, dont get virex it is useless, get some free internet one like clamXav which although it doesnt repair can actually detect a virus
 
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