Saving Norton Antivirus....Install Snow Leopard HELP!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by niter, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. niter macrumors 6502

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    I received my copy of Snow Leopard and I would like to do a fresh install. However, in doing this, I will lose my copy of Norton Antivirus that I downloaded from my college. I cannot get another copy of this until January as I am not currently a student.

    Is there a way I can save this program so that I can do a fresh install versus simply upgrading?

    Thank you!
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Erase Norton and never ever install it again :D

    Norton is terrible and just slows down your machine.
     
  3. niter thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have the lightest form on my machine...just the antivirus.

    What would you suggest using as an alternative antivirus?
     
  4. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    i agree, in fact, all antivirus' slow down macs. never get one ever

    unless your school requires for you to get a antivirus for your computer to be on their network then i would say wait till january
     
  5. niter thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I feel very wary having no antivirus protection on my computer, though.
     
  6. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    macs are known not to require an antivirus, and do not get infected unless your doing something highly illegal or going on some bad website.

    most antivirus' slow down macs

    however if you are completely paranoid

    i suggest looking up clamXav
     
  7. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    There are NO (none, zero) viruses for macs. There are some trojans but they require the users to install it. The only thing that antivirus will do is scan your files for windows viruses so that you don't pass them on to your windows using friends.

    I have used a Mac for 5 years without any antivirus software at all and never had any problem.
     
  8. niter thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I understand that the likelyhood of aquiring a virus is low...still, my laptop it too important to me to run the risk. I will look into clamXav.
     
  9. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Its not low, it's impossible - there are none.

    As far as trojans go, they require the user to okay the installation. Provided you only ever get files from reputable sources you should never have to worry about them either.
     
  10. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    It is not low, it is nonexistant.
    Snow Leopard has an anti-virus built in, I think.

    See Here
     
  11. madog macrumors 65816

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    So far it just has a reference file for two of the handful of trojans that exist for Mac. I think two of the more "popular" ones.
     
  12. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    for values of low = zero, yes.
     

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