Norton AntiVirus gets a spotty update

Symantec has released Norton AntiVirus 11 for Mac OS X Leopard.

Luke-warm on the heels of Apple's Leopard release, Symantec has popped out an updated version of its AntiVirus suite.

While Macs certainly don't suffer from viruses and malware at the same rate that Windows machines do, growing popularity in Apple's quarter can only mean greater attention from virus developers, so an antivirus program is a good precaution. There's also the potential for your Mac to be a "carrier" -- while it may not be infected itself, it can potentially pass a virus on to a Windows machine through something as innocuous as sending an e-mail -- another reason for protection.

Symantec claims a few new features in Norton AntiVirus 11 -- including a preventative to stop viruses installing in the first place, scanning for both Mac and PC nasties, improved performance and for those at the hardcore end a command line interface, allowing terminal users to script their own solutions.

It's available from the middle of December for AU$59.95, and comes with a year's subscription of virus updates.

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