Norton Antivirus

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jakerob, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. jakerob macrumors newbie

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    Does one really need this software with a Mac? ( I am a new convert btw..) I know that on my old PC this would be an absurd question with the answer obviously being "YES!" but I am not quite sure about my lovely new macbook Pro.


    What are some benefits of it? ..Cons?



    Thanks for any help guys!
     
  2. mallbritton macrumors 6502a

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    At the risk of starting a flame war... my answer is no, you do not need Norton Anti-virus.
     
  3. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    There are lots of posts here about using aniti-virus software. Just search the forum and you'll get lots of good info. I personally don't think it is necessary at the present time.
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    You don't need any Antivirus software on a Mac. However, it can remove Windows viruses from software and files so you don't share them with Windows users.

    TEG
     
  5. Bern macrumors 68000

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    Norton AV is a hog, go for ClamXav which is free and uses far less resources. It's a good alternative.
     
  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    +1 for ClamXav. NAV is a resource hog and completely unnecessary on a Mac.

    FWIW I do not run any form of AV on my Mac and have never had any problems.
     
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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  8. jakerob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok thanks alot guys!

    sorry for the ignorance! haha:D
     
  9. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Heck, I recommend against Norton AntiVirus on Windows, too. It's just too bloated. For the Mac, Clam is good if you really want to be overprotective; for Windows, AVG is good for 'home use' (and free,) and I like Nod32 for more power users or corporate use.
     
  10. super98111 macrumors member

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    If you run Windows on you mac, the answer is yes.
     
  11. twitter macrumors member

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    NAV is the worst mem hog i have ever seen.

    besides clamxav there would be AVG (also free) and you have to have one of them if you run parallels with net connection
     
  12. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    i have clamX installed and run it about once a month for piece of mind. has never found anything.
     
  13. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    no OS X version of AVG.
     

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