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Ya, Defender is aimed at malware, it's the competition of MBAM.

MSE is what I've been using lately (switched my PCs to it from AVG and Avast). M$ really surprised and impressed me with it. I've been putting it on some of the machines that come to the shop for repairs and have been pleased -and I suspect the customers too, since no one has complained yet. Point in fact, Touch, the company whose systems we sell, have started loading it by default on each of their brand new PCs.

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Thanks for the laugh! Anyone who installs Norton anything for any reason just wants an unnecessarily slow, bloated computer. Same goes for Macafee.

What other "things" can attack your Mac? Only Trojans that work on a Mac come from downloading illegal software or installing video codecs on porn sites. If you get one of those Trojans, no one here will feel sorry for you. Dig in the trash and expect to find garbage.
You couldn't possibly have tried the latest version of Norton. At least for me, it hasn't slowed my computer one bit. It is efficient and transparent.

As far as other "things", I don't really know. But malware writers are constantly working on new "things" and I like level of comfort provided by a security app.
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I'll take your word for it on the latest Norton, but their reputation has been going downhill since Symantec bought it years ago so it would really have to be pretty impressive to convince most Mac users it's not stealing resources.

As for "new things": if you understood UNIX and Mac OS X a bit better, you'd understand why there is virtually no chance of there ever being a virus for the Mac.
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You couldn't possibly have tried the latest version of Norton. At least for me, it hasn't slowed my computer one bit. It is efficient and transparent.

As far as other "things", I don't really know. But malware writers are constantly working on new "things" and I like level of comfort provided by a security app.
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You couldn't possibly have tried the latest version of Norton. At least for me, it hasn't slowed my computer one bit. It is efficient and transparent.
Maybe you're using the corporate version? Symantec corporate is decent and NAV Corporate runs fast, doesn't take over the machine and stays out of your way. Not so with the mainstream version.

And no, I haven't tried it myself (Heaven forbid!) but my input doesn't come from reviews or hearsay: I have seen NAV's effects on systems and have spent time removing that garbage antivirus from them, which isn't always easy (when Symantec itself provides a "Norton Removal Tool" to get rid of it, you can have an idea of how bad they know their own product is).

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You couldn't possibly have tried the latest version of Norton. At least for me, it hasn't slowed my computer one bit. It is efficient and transparent.
Probably because it's not actually doing anything! As virus only attact Windows PCs why are you checking your mac for them?

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I'll take your word for it on the latest Norton, but their reputation has been going downhill since Symantec bought it years ago so it would really have to be pretty impressive to convince most Mac users it's not stealing resources.

As for "new things": if you understood UNIX and Mac OS X a bit better, you'd understand why there is virtually no chance of there ever being a virus for the Mac.
It is pretty impressive. It was on my PC and also seems to be on my mac. I don't care whether anyone else here uses it or not, but to constantly berate it when people obviously haven't tried the latest version, is ridiculous. I admit it, a few years ago it was a resource hog, but no more. It's fast and non-intrusive. People constantly chiming in "OOOh, Symantec is awful!", is just indicating how uninformed they are. (Sort of like Obama supporters.)

It's true, I don't fully understand UNIX and Mac OS X that well. My understanding about malware however, is that the majority of it is not viruses but other methods of attack, and I don't pretend to know what those methods are. I guess my point is that Norton Internet Security for Mac has no negative effect on the performance of my MBP so why not be prepared for anything that may develop on the malware side.
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Probably because it's not actually doing anything! As virus only attact Windows PCs why are you checking your mac for them?
It may seem like it's not doing anything, but that just demonstrates that it is not affecting the performance of the mac and is relatively transparent.

I much higher percentage of my acquaintances use Windows rather than Mac. If I get some kind of malware from them, say in an email, I consider it my responsibility to not pass it on to someone else using Windows.
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It's true, I don't fully understand UNIX and Mac OS X that well. My understanding about malware however, is that the majority of it is not viruses but other methods of attack, and I don't pretend to know what those methods are. I guess my point is that Norton Internet Security for Mac has no negative effect on the performance of my MBP so why not be prepared for anything that may develop on the malware side.
This should help you understand better...
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Have you even tried the current Norton Internet Security on the PC or Mac? It works great on both. Do a little research before making ridiculous comments. It doesn't help anyone.

As far as security software for Mac, I am new to the Mac and there are other things besides viruses that can attack your computer. Don't fall into the trap of "Gee, I have a Mac. Nothing can happen to me or my computer."
So please, tell us all of the nasty things that can happen to a Mac that we have to be wary of. I've been using Macs for 15+ years, have never ran an AV app actively, have used every version of OSX since the 10.0 Public Beta AND have regularly visited questionable sites (yeah, deal with it) where one would expect to find the nasties which you fear.

Never had an issue....

Please, enlighten us....

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so why not be prepared for anything that may develop on the malware side.
If none exist, then there is nothing to write protection from. Ergo, it's a waste of time.

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It's true, I don't fully understand UNIX and Mac OS X that well. My understanding about malware though .....
Yes malware needs the Admin PW to be able to be on your Mac.....

Are you in the business then of putting in your Admin PW, when not really knowing what you are putting it in for ?? Not very smart IMO

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Probably because it's not actually doing anything! As virus only attact Windows PCs why are you checking your mac for them?
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People can choose for themselves whether they want to install anti-malware software or not. I guess my point is that if you do choose to install it, Norton Internet Security for Mac is without question one of the best.
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It is pretty impressive. It was on my PC and also seems to be on my mac. I don't care whether anyone else here uses it or not, but to constantly berate it when people obviously haven't tried the latest version, is ridiculous. I admit it, a few years ago it was a resource hog, but no more. It's fast and non-intrusive. People constantly chiming in "OOOh, Symantec is awful!", is just indicating how uninformed they are. (Sort of like Obama supporters.)

It's true, I don't fully understand UNIX and Mac OS X that well. My understanding about malware however, is that the majority of it is not viruses but other methods of attack, and I don't pretend to know what those methods are. I guess my point is that Norton Internet Security for Mac has no negative effect on the performance of my MBP so why not be prepared for anything that may develop on the malware side.
What I've found with Norton Internet Security and the PCs I've had to repair for my customers (and yes, the latest versions) is that more often than not, it's ineffective. The machine gets infected with some kind of malware and the first thing it does is partially disable Norton. Then, you've got a real problem, because now Norton has co-opted the TCP/IP stack with its craptastic firewall. So, you can't pull down any tools over the network, and you're stuck with using a USB key.

What's worse is that more often than not, you can't uninstall it because the installer isn't smart enough to "heal" itself if conditions aren't EXACTLY what it's expecting. So, now you've got to download a special uninstaller from Symantec and hope and pray that it will actually rid the machine of Norton - and that's before you can even start nuking the bug that started the whole mess.

I'm sorry, I've spent more time fighting Symantec products (including their Enterprise, non-AV products) than I have using them, and avoid them like the plague they are on my personal machines.

On Windows, I use MSE and have not had a single malady on any of my boxes or VMs. On my Mac, I don't use an AV product (which by the way, will not protect you from yourself - you still need to practice safe surfing).

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