Symantec is developing a new version of its
software for the Macintosh. The new release is version 9.0, and it’s now available for download from Symantec’s Web site as a public beta version.
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Symantec has rebuilt Norton AntiVirus as a Mac OS X-native application using Apple’s Cocoa application framework. What’s more, they’ve added some new features too.
New capabilities in Norton AntiVirus v9.0 include PC virus scanning — the software uses the same virus definitions as its Windows counterpart, enabling Mac users to detect and repair any PC viruses that might find their way onto their Macs.
A new Quarantine feature places suspicious files into a special quarantine area to isolate them and take future action on them, according to the developers. Also new in 9.0 is compressed archive scan and repair — the software can automatically scan inside most compression types and eradicate viruses without having to decompress the archive first.
Norton AntiVirus v9.0 also features the ability to automatically scan mounted volumes, including CDs, DVDs, zip disks, or external hard drives.
The public beta version is time-stamped; it will expire 30 days after its first install, according to Symantec. Downloading the public beta requires you to fill out a form. The software works with Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later.