Norton AntiVirus for Mac version 11.0 Mac Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Installation 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Usefulness 8.0
Value 8.2
Distributor: Symantec
Review Date:
January 2008
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

8.1


Norton AntiVirus for Mac
version 11.0

During the early years of the PC versus Mac debate, viruses for the Macintosh computer system was almost considered "urban myth", however as the popularity of this technology and O/S grew, so did the nefarious threats of the internet and the Mac was no longer safe.

Since then, Mac users almost need to be as wary as PC users and once again Norton AntiVirus come to the rescue, this time offering protection to Macintosh computer users. Keep in mind that Apple "taint" their latest operating system as virus free but they do exist and users should bear this in mind.

Features

  • Automatically detects and removes viruses. Offers automatic protection against the latest threats with set-and-forget convenience
  • Scans and cleans downloaded files and email attachments.
  • Delivers continuous, up-to-date protection via fast updates
  • Protects against attacks that target software vulnerabilities.
  • Provides advanced protection against software and Internet vulnerabilities
  • Works with new Mac OS® X v10.5. Runs natively on Intel® and PowerPC® based Mac® systems
  • Includes an all-new Norton AntiVirus dashboard widget

Although we only have one Mac in our office, it boasts the new Leopard operating system that is easily one of the best creations of Apple and although we are quite savvy when it comes to PC protection, we are a little bit unaware when it comes to the Mac.

Before installing Norton AntiVirus for Mac version 11.0, we uninstalled our previous virus protection and within no time, Norton AnitVirus was installed. A much painless experience than the PC version. After a scan of our hard drives and a brief stop at the official Symantec update site, our system was almost totally infallible and 99.0% protected.

A brief call to one of acquaintances who happens to be a system administrator for a large university in Australia, we asked if could send us a myriad of nasties for our Mac, both via e-mails and CDs.

As our e-mails started downloading, Norton AntiVirus immediately detected these threats and unlike its Windows brother, we were quite amazed at how flawless this procedure was. It passed the e-mail test quite well, now to run some infected files!

As with the e-mail scanning, Norton AntiVirus politely informed us that our program was corrupted and once again, another virus was stopped. This is a rare occurrence on the Mac, however it seems that Symantec have really done their home work and prevention is always a better solution.

Although for all this protection, there is a price that the user must pay. The system requirements of Symantec AntiVirus for Mac require 128MB RAM and 100MB of hard drive space to successfully run the program. Even though memory is quite affordable these days, the system requirements of Norton AntiVirus is quite resource hungry, depending on your system configuration. Some users may also notice some slow down from the constant system monitoring, however it is probably a small price to pay.

In conclusion, Norton AntiVirus for Mac version 11.0 is definitely one of the better AntiVirus programs available at the moment, although there are a few available that match the protection. However, I must admit that the support offered by Symantec is still one of the best available and any issues will be almost immediately solved by help support.

Best of all, this program will run on both PowerPC and Intel Core processor systems which features a 12-month subscription (like the PC version) for the latest updates and upgrades, ensuring that your files are thoroughly protected.  Installing Norton AntiVirus for Mac version 11.0 will definitely give you a lot more protection than PC users will every experience and best of all, peace of mind.






 
 



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