Should I install Symantec AntiVirus?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by LoneWolf121188, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

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    Cornell "highly recommends" that I install SAV on my machine. They even give me a free copy of it. Should I bother, or will it just hog system resources?
     
  2. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    The short answer is no as there is no virus threat (AFAIK) on the OSX platform. As for resources, I am unaware of how much it actually uses.
     
  3. Queso macrumors G4

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    Not just system resources. Symantec software actually introduces security issues to your Mac, as has been proven by a number of critical vulnerability advisories over the past couple of years. If I were you I'd ditch the Symantec option and install the open-source ClamXAV for doing scans of your data files (ClamXAV won't do the system files). You won't get infected unless someone creates a Mac virus, but at least you won't pass anything nasty onto someone else in the meantime.
     
  4. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    Stay away from it. Symantec has not been on the cutting edge of Mac development for a long time. There are no viruses that can infect a Mac.
     

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