“If you use any version of Windows, an antivirus program is an absolute necessity to protect your computer. If you use a Macintosh, an antivirus program is an option. Although a handful of Macintosh viruses exist, the main purpose of any Macintosh antivirus program is to screen out Windows-specific viruses that you may accidentally pass on to Windows users. If you never share files with Windows users, you probably don’t need an antivirus program. If you regularly share files with Windows users, you may need an antivirus program like Norton AntiVirus for Mac,” MacNN reports.
“For $49.95, Norton AntiVirus works as advertised. The only trouble is justifying its cost to protect you against nearly non-existent threats. If you share files with Windows users, or regularly run Windows inside a virtual machine using Parallels or VMWare Fusion, the program can keep you from spreading malicious programs through any files you spread to others,” MacNN reports.
“If you’re strictly a Mac user who never shares files with Windows users, any antivirus program is basically unnecessary (for now). No matter how well-designed any Mac antivirus program may be, ultimately it’s more about guarding against Windows threats than anything specific. Norton AntiVirus for Mac may be good insurance, but for most people, it’s the type of insurance they won’t really need,” MacNN reports.
Full “first look” review along with screenshots here.
MacDailyNews Take: Good advice as usual from MacNN, but before you part with your $50, keep in mind Symantec’s mixed record when it comes to Macs, including a history of crying wolf about Mac OS X and viruses.