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Symantec debuts Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh

updated 09:30 am EDT, Tue May 10, 2005

Symantec NAV 10 for Mac

Symantec today announced . Due later this month, it will include a new Global Threat Assessment dashboard to provide users with an overview of current virus threats as well as a new Contextual Menu support feature and custom SafeZones for improved ease-of-use and efficiency. Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh will also be fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. NAV10 runs on Mac OS X and is available for pre-order for $70. Current users of Symantec's Macintosh products, as well as users of select competitive products, can take advantage of an upgrade mail-in-rebate of $30. [upated compatibility]

"In today's fast paced online threat environment, it is important for Symantec to offer secure protection at all end points," said Matthew Moynahan, vice president Consumer Products and Solutions, for Symantec. "With Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh, Symantec is pleased to add new customization and usability enhancements to support Mac users with the best possible virus protection solution, as well as support Apple's new Mac OS X 10.4."

Version 10 includes a new Global Threat Assessment dashboard that provides the status of local computer virus protection and an overview of global threats allowing users to quickly and efficiently monitor their Macs' security. This new feature leverages "Tiger's" new dashboard functionality to offer the user a report and assessment of the three most recent and the three most critical virus threats on both the PC and Mac platforms. Norton AntiVirus also leverages the Symantec Security Response servers to download the most up-to-date threat information.

The Global Threat Assessment dashboard also allows users to easily monitor their security protection by showing the status information for Norton AntiVirus's Auto-Protect feature. Users can also use the dashboard to quickly view the last time virus definitions were updated.

Contextual Menu Support, Custom SafeZones

NAV 10 offers users quick and easy manual virus scans. The contextual menu support feature lets users scan files and directories "on-the-fly" by right clicking/control clicking on a particular file or directory. Users can scan specific files and directories manually without having to launch the Norton AntiVirus application.

The custom SafeZones feature gives users an added level of convenience and works to optimize system performance. Users can specify particular areas of their drive, or specific volumes or files, to be or not to be routinely scanned for threats. Video and media editors, for example, with large directories or volumes, can specify a SafeZone, to avoid time consuming scans of their entire hard drive. Smart volume scanning also allows Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh to remember previously scanned CD or DVD media to eliminate unnecessary scans and keep users' machines running at peak performance.

Symantec says the suite continues to offer important core protection features such as automatic detection of viruses, worms and Trojan horse threats. The application's Auto-Protect functionality maximizes user protection by providing email scanning and monitoring of files and applications that get written to the hard dive. It also features LiveUpdate technology, which allows users to automatically receive the latest virus definitions for both Mac and PC viruses to always keep protection current. The package is also backed by the experts at Symantec Security Response to ensure users have the most advanced protection.
Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh is expected to be available for purchase in mid-May.

by MacNN Staff





  1. CadetStimpy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How Nice... ;)

    Well, I'm thrilled to see that Symantec is on top of this virus issue with Macs. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over. I shall sleep better this evening. Oh wait... I don't use this stuff, don't need it. I just remembered. ;)

  1. Feeling_Macish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    who cares.

    Symantec pissed off the Mac community long ago wih their anti-mac attitude; their products usually take a fine system and mess it up anyway.

  1. Tdassel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Proxy authentication ?

    Well, hope they fixed that in V10. V 9 couldn't get updates from the server if you were behind an authenticating proxy. Too bad, that here are "some" ( ( read: all ) companies that use such technology. The provided some insane workarounds instead of fixing the problem. Norton AV prevented Adobe from generation files from webpages, don't know if that is fixed yet.

    Symantec wake up !#

    Hope this version is better than the last one.



  1. sreinhardt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Switcher Halo Effect

    That's why folks sell AV software for Macs... the ex-Windows users freak out if they can't buy some!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares

    I stopped buying Symantec products at version 4 of NUM. I just got tired of dealing with their issues everytime a new OS came out (i.e. new OS = broken symantec products).

    And from all I've read on the web, their cluelessness still holds, as every update to OS X causes issues with their products (sometimes even maintenance releases cause issues). Add in the fact that you're never sure when they're going to retire a product (which wouldn't be bad, but since their products generally don't work after OS udpates, its not like they're still useful after a year).

  1. CadetStimpy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Halo Effect ;)

    You're closer to the mark than a lot of people would like to admit, sreinhardt. It's a leftover habit from the Windoze days.

    I stopped running the stuff when Panther came out. There's just no need for it, IMHO. :)

  1. history1me




    When I tell people that they don't have to worry about vires on the mac, I get this... WTF kind of look. This piece of software is a piece of sht. There's no need.

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re. who cares

    There's nothing anti-mac about it. Symantec products hose windows systems too.

  1. iFrankie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Virus Defs

    I would like to see the inside of a virus definition file for the Mac platform.

    I would love to know which viruses they are actually scanning for that exist for the Mac. Probably none....

    or probably all windows....

  1. technohedz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Give em something

    Symantec hasn't had a decent macintosh product since mac os x came out. The way they scatter things all over the os, have no concept of forward looking programs, but apparently have forward looking advanced heuristic virus detection programs, leads me to feel that their mac division financial report lacked any forward looking statements at all.

    Sorry, I wish there was a good av program for Mac OS X. I don't want to pass on the evil from one windows user to another. Yeah, there can be worms, trojans, viruses, fleas, and ticks in Mac OS X. That, however, has a very low likelihood of hosing anything soon. Macs would have been hacked more if they were so much harder and more rare. What you say? They have been. Yeap, but windows is just too easy so why bother. McAfee has nothing. About the only stuff that might work is open source and not quite ready for prime time.

    Until then, I'm not touching NAV....but at least they tried. Considering what they've done they should get smart and give it away free to mac users, but they probably like to marginalize us so we can be a vector for all the fake viruses they make up to hose the windows machines that don't run their software..

    ooooh ahhhh...the state of fear. Bet it causes global warming too.

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