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#1 jgwdoc

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 07:28 AM

I've had Norton Anti-virus for Mac (version 11) on my machine since purchase, but it appears that virus definition updates are no longer being offered to folks using version 11, and version 12 won't run on 10.6.8. Does anyone have suggestions on what to run instead? Seems like I'll have to delete Norton completely and get something else that's still compatible with Snow Leopard.
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 07:38 AM

Sophos is still compatible with 10.6 but speaking from experience, why bother? I've been using Macs since 1994 and I currently manage a network of 2000 Macs. The only thing that's ever come in is a couple instances of Genio, and ffffffflipin EPM didn't even catch that.

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 08:49 AM

I back macdude22's response.

On my PC I run MSE, which is great and free.
On my Macs, nope. Nothing. And yeah, just following a few rules keeps you clean and clear on a Mac.

In fact I do most my random PC downloading to my mac first, so that I can use the PC to 'scan the shared directory' before moving the files over to the PC. Sometimes just the sheer act of downloading a file on the PC will infect it haha.

I've never seen the point in paying a company a monthly fee for anti-virus protection. It makes me think those companies are the ones responsible for a majority of the random viruses out there to stir up fear and justify them charging a monthly fee for new protection files. ;)

But if you really want something for OSX 10.6.8 ... uhm... maybe look into a linux/unix solution? Run from commandline, do it the hardcore way. I'm trying to think which of those is the best though hmmmmmm.

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:30 AM

Unless you share files with Windows machines, either personally or work related, don't waste your money, time and resources on anti-virus applications.

There are currently no viruses in the wild for OSX.
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:41 AM

I use ClamXav (it's free). I work in academia and there are a lot of infected Windows boxes around on campus.

But as Thain Esh Kelch said, in general, you don't need to worry about AV on OS X.
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:53 AM

Thanks! I've been wondering whether I could just get away with nothing at all. I'm using MSE on my Windows7 BootCamp partition, and I'm happy to dump Norton on the Mac side. It's just been there so long that I stopped thinking about it.
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:53 AM

Honestly the only guys I would actually trust is Intego, doing ONLY Macs they have a vested interest in doing a good jerb, or at least not grinding my system to a halt. I actually tested their business offering Flextivity with good success when I was trying to get us off McAfee (but you know, organizational politics). However their latest software requires 10.7 or higher.
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 01:00 PM

If you use Intego, do not turn on their full services, as it basically gimps you across the internet. Plus MGS App gets very angry with you ;)

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 01:17 PM

I didn't say I recommend it just that if you throw a variety of genuine Macintosh samples at several clients, intego's engine will identify the most. Their UI and marketing are, shall we say, less desirable.

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 02:04 PM

I use Intego.  I turn the net services off, I just use the virus/malware part of it.  My poor Amiga friend back in 89 kept having his cursor turn into a penis while he was trying to showcase his Amiga to ween me off of Macs.  I told him I wasn't into penises as much as he was.  I had a virus once, it made my compy beep at random times.
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 02:19 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 05 March 2015 - 02:04 PM, said:

I use Intego.  I turn the net services off, I just use the virus/malware part of it.  My poor Amiga friend back in 89 kept having his cursor turn into a penis while he was trying to showcase his Amiga to ween me off of Macs.  I told him I wasn't into penises as much as he was.  I had a virus once, it made my compy beep at random times.

That was just me, I installed one of the jokes from the The Macintosh Joker. *snicker*
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 04:08 PM

There were a lot of "joke" haxies, but I dont know if they are considered viruses or just people being ornery against co-workers ;)

I liked the one with the random 'dot' ... or the bug that would scamper across the screen so fast the user couldnt actually tell if it was graphics, or a real bug! hahaha.

I recall the one that put up a dialog box: "Oops and error occurred, do you want to format your whole drive?" and the only button was "Yes".

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 06:58 PM

I haxed a friend at work.  I changed his DEC VAX system login script to read his home directory and display every file with an official looking but phony VAX style system delete message.  They just rolled down his monitor while he yelled and fumbled trying to stop it.  I har hared but he asked me to test his admin security so it was his own damn fault.  He was convinced it was all going down the tubes.  He thanked me after his blood pressure came back down to Earth Normal, and that was only after he read his home directory a couple of times.
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Posted 06 March 2015 - 06:59 AM

Hahaha... god, VAX. I recall programming early AI in that. Not one the more enjoyable things I did in my life.

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 09:48 AM

VAX BASIC was an awesome development platform for banking and real estate applications programming.  We could do anything we were asked, the system services were such that you didn't find one to do your bidding you could write one and because it was object file linkable and compiled you could include any prewritten object file in your library, or write assembly language modules that were fast and to the point.  Buffers and registers and stacks oh my! </nerddororthy>
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Posted 06 March 2015 - 01:22 PM

Of course, the real badasses amongst us would have dropped Squeaky Toy into the extension folders of the most crucial machines at work.
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Posted 06 March 2015 - 02:51 PM

My school makes me use Kaspersky.

Don't use Kaspersky.
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Posted 06 March 2015 - 05:16 PM

Why notsky?
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Posted 06 March 2015 - 07:57 PM

I got a WDEF way waaaaay way back in Mac Plus days, when I wasn't much older than the computers I was using. That's been my only brush with a virus.
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Posted 06 March 2015 - 10:30 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 06 March 2015 - 05:16 PM, said:

Why notsky?

Because I saidsky
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