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Okay, I took a Systems Administration class and my professor told us that we should always have a virus protection software on our computers and that we should keep it updated.

We get Norton for free as students. We don't have a choice and I really don't want to pay for McAfee.

However, I've noticed after reading these boards that many people are against Norton. And I know that Macs don't have a virus problem. And I also know that my Sys Admin teacher was speaking primarily to my fellow students who use Win-tel. (although we did use Linux, Unix and FreeBSD in the class)

 

Thanks in advance for your opinions! :)

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My opinon: Never use Norton or associated products ever. Find something better or learn to use a router/hardware firewall properly instread. There is no need for any such thing on a Mac and there are FAR better ways on Windows PCs.

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Clam shell AV gave me problems like freezing and took up pretty much all my RAM. don't use it, even the designer sez be wary of it.

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In the PC world I have had no problems whatsoever with Symantec Antivirus Corporate. On the Mac I don't run an antivirus because there are no known viruses that infect OSX in the wild. I will continue to do so until I get notice of the first virus that infects Macs.

 

I didn't know there was such antipathy towards Peter Norton's products out there.

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You really don't need virus software if you practice safe computing. I'm sure you're aware of these steps and can probably add a few more steps.

 

Don't open email attachments unless you expect them.

Don't visit Spam links from Spam email.

Use a firewall on your network (which is probably built into your router)

Don't download software from unvetted websites

Backup regularly

...yadda...yadda...yadda

 

These rules even apply for Windows users. Most people who are computer literate can avoid viruses pretty much completely.

 

However, if you really want some antivirus software and don't want to buy it, you might want to try ClamX. It's free and opensource.

 

I've never had any problems with Norton, but I haven't used it for several years. I've heard that it's gotten pretty bad. I think most people avoid it now because it puts tons of files on a system, which makes it very difficult to remove.

 

Hope this helps.

 

-Rob

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1. Norton = crap.

2. OSX is so good that you don't need any protection.

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Thanks everyone! Nope, I don't look at porn! :shock: And thanks for the tips, I already knew all those but it's a good reminder. :D

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Clam shell AV gave me problems like freezing and took up pretty much all my RAM. don't use it, even the designer sez be wary of it.

 

strange, It is installed on mine and doesn't even show up on the activity moniter when it isnt scanning the hard drive (which I set to scan late at night on Monday morning!)

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I haven't had any issues with Norton on pc's, but I'm converting them to AVG when they're up for renewal since AVG is free for linux and windows. On my Mac I have had problems develop when using Norton Systemworks. It's been a few years, so I don't remember details, but I dumped it immediately and haven't gone back. It may not hurt to pick up a free copy simply to have it. You don't have to register it or use it until it was actually necessary (meaning a real virus for Macs on the loose). Of course, with the move to intel, you may want to pass anyway because it may not work on the Mac you have in 2019! :wink:

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OK, so I guess the general opinion is that Norton is bad. Can anyone give a reason ?

 

I've used Norton on my PC and Mac and never had problems . . . Certainly I've never got infected and on the PC side its stopped inbounds.

 

I accept that it may not be required on a Mac but I'm a recent switcher and old habits etc . . .

 

Just wondering what reasons people have for not liking Norton.

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as for what norton does on PC - it corrupts the resistry and worms its way into all system areas. Its a realy nasty virus in itself.

 

but my questions is - what exactly does it do on a mac? it protects you from non - existant viruses and bots.....how?

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My opinon: Never use Norton or associated products ever. Find something better or learn to use a router/hardware firewall properly instread. There is no need for any such thing on a Mac and there are FAR better ways on Windows PCs.

I agree. However OSX has a good firewall built in. Go to System Prefs and then to network, and then to firewall and turn it on.

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Hi

 

If you go to Apple's site and search for 'Virus', there won't be one there.. None on Macs at all.

 

The only virus I ever got was from a Microsoft Word document (hah! ..typical.) in about 1996, and I was on my first Mac an 8600 with System 7.5.

 

Norton caught it but that was about the only time I ever really needed it.

 

Just get Disk Warrior, that's all you need to look after your Mac in my view.

 

I had a friend who had a PC and got the virus called DOOM. It wiped his whole drive and that as they say was that! He hadn't backed up either.

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as for what norton does on PC - it corrupts the resistry and worms its way into all system areas. Its a realy nasty virus in itself.  

 

but my questions is - what exactly does it do on a mac? it protects you from non - existant viruses and bots.....how?

 

Well the main reason to get an antivirus software on the mac is:

 

a) help protect the Windows machines out there

i.e. if you get an eMail from Windows Machine so you don't forward a Virus to another Windows Uer

 

B) protect yourself from Microsoft Word Makro Ivruses

 

c) last but not least if there ever is a virus for Mac you will be protected (if your clientis updated fast enough)

 

 

So really if you don't care about Windows Users, turn of Makros in Word and BackUp regularry you don't need an AntiVirus Scanner :)

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