MacBook Pro Battery Issues

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by graemeh88, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. graemeh88 macrumors member

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    Would running Norton Antivirus in the background cut my battery life in half while using the lowest brightness possible, or are there other possible issues here?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    It depends on the CPU use, but there are other free and less resource-taking AV titles for Mac OS X out there, like ClamXav or so.

    Use MRoogle to find those thousands of AV threads, but I use Mac OS X since 2004 and never came upon a trojan or any other kind of malware, and I don't use any AV software and don't install anything I come upon (common sense). And viruses don't exist for Mac OS X (are currently not in public circulation, for those present tense confusers). Norton could be viewed as a virus though, or at least as some kind of malware.
     
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  4. graemeh88 thread starter macrumors member

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    its the version which covers both osx and bootcamp at the same time, thats the only reason i have it
     
  5. graemeh88 thread starter macrumors member

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    so realistically, running it in background shouldnt cut battery life in half?
     
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    I don't know, it depends on the CPU use, and if Norton AV consumes 50% CPU (out of 200%) then the battery life will not be as advertised. But as said before, and as will be said again and again, AV software is not needed, if one employs one's brain and common sense, as malware has to be installed manually by yourself, which means you have to enter your password. If you don't pirate software either or install software downloaded from dubious sources, you should be more than on the safe side.

    But again, use MRoogle or the forum search to find thousand of virus angst threads.
     
  7. Tom71 macrumors regular

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    I didn't even ever have a virus on windows so I'm not running AV on windows

    no it shouldn't.

    It's up to you if you want to have it running, I always felt (under windows that is, but wouldn't be so much different) that most AV would get worse in terms of resource usage over time and usually, whenever I tried one, after 4 weeks I uninstalled it because the system became sluggish - and never looked back. I'm just careful what software I install etc.
     
  8. graemeh88 thread starter macrumors member

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    alright, thanks
     
  9. Ramphex macrumors 6502

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    as previously said, running AV on mac is like putting on two condoms while piping, pointless
     
  10. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    Jajajajajjajajajaja. :] Nice analogy lol.
     

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