For several years Comcast offered McAffee security for PC users of their internet service, with no service for Mac. Now Comcast has switched to Norton and they are offering a version for the PC and Mac. Inquiring as to whether this is a good idea to download or if there are better options. If so, what? Thanks
I for one would Never have any Norton product installed even if they hand delivered it and offered to do the install for me. I have had too many Norton installs screw up a computer as well as being ineffective. I have had to go so far as using other anti virus software to disinfect Norton just to be able to remove it and install something that works.
As far as Macintosh is concerned I would go without before using them. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
Norton was bought by Symantec about Mac OS 6 or 7.
It never was as good and steadily got worse, then stayed bad.
I have ruined a few disks over the years trying newer "Norton" products for the Mac.
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Just say no to Norton. It's evil.
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We have it running on our Macs at work (corporate policy). I've never had any alert come up that it's found something. It just annoys me every Monday when it downloads updates and renders my Mac useless until it's done.
I, too, must jump on this bandwagon to tell you to stay
away from Norton products. The parental control product
they had for Mac OS a while back, before Apple came up
with their own, took over my computer, stopped it cold.
Nasty little thing.
The day that Norton Utilities 4 trashed a perfectly good/working hard drive on my PowerBook was the day I swore off Norton products for good!
P.S. That was also the day that I learned what a backup was for. Wished I'd had one!
You can never go wrong by doing the right thing.
There are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data and those who are about to — backup your Mac!
If there is a need for an anti virus program and I was going to use Norton or any other one, I would do a clone backup of my Mac first and then install it. If Norton created a problem, you would be able to revert back without a problem.
I am not going to say No to Norton. I am going to say backup before you say Yes to Norton.
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Back in the Ancient Times of OS 8-9, I installed Norton System Works on one of my machines. It didn't seem to do any evil, but after hearing others' horror stories, I decided to dump it. Even after running its "uninstaller" it still left little applets, message prompts and other annoying traces of itself in all sorts of odd places. I ended up doing a manual search to find these things, hiding like cockroaches, and stomp them out.