Symantec Norton AntiVirus for the Mac
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Objectives and Concepts

Before Installation

Download and Install

Scan Drives for Viruses

Schedule Updates

Schedule Scans

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Objectives and Concepts

NOTE: This document guides you through the download and installation of BevoWare anti-virus software on your Macintosh computer. Information in this tutorial is based on installation procedures for the Macintosh OSX operating system. If you are not using OSX, this tutorial may not be of assistance to you.


  • Understand what viruses are and why antivirus software is needed.
  • Download and install Symantec Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh OS X.
  • Update virus definitions.
  • Schedule daily updates of virus definition files.
  • Schedule weekly system scans.


What is a virus?

A virus is a program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against your wishes. Viruses can also replicate themselves. All computer viruses are manmade. A simple virus that can make a copy of itself over and over again is relatively easy to produce. Even such a simple virus is dangerous because it will quickly use all available memory and bring the system to a halt. An even more dangerous type of virus is one capable of transmitting itself across networks and bypassing security systems.


What is antivirus software?

A utility that searches a hard disk for viruses and removes any that are found. Most antivirus programs include an auto-update feature that enables the program to download profiles of new viruses so that it can check for the new viruses as soon as they are discovered.


Why should you have AntiVirus software installed on your system?

It is important to have anti-virus software installed on your computer system so that your computer is not vulnerable to viruses. Viruses are proliferated through email, Internet downloads, and other sources. Without AntiVirus software installed, your computer is at risk: viruses can cause a great deal of damage to your computer system, destroying files and/or resulting in malfunctions.   Additionally, viruses that infect your computer can be spread to your friends, family, and colleagues through such avenues as your email address book, without you even knowing it!

NOTE :   Norton Antivirus software does not block ads, spyware, spam, or pop-ups.   Please consult other tutorials for information on how to protect your computer from these types of electronic intrusions.

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