Symantec revamps products for Mac OS X

Symantec has announced an upgraded line of products built for Mac OS X: Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 8.0, Norton Personal Firewall for Mac OS 2.0, Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 2.0, Norton Utilities for Macintosh 7.0 and Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh 2.0.

Norton AntiVirus 8.0 provides Auto Protect, SafeZone scanning and repair, LiveUpdate scheduling via Norton Scheduler and command line scanning.

Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh 2.0, designed to protect Macs from unauthorised access, includes a new stealth mode that makes computers invisible to hackers on the Internet.

Norton AntiVirus 8.0 and Norton Personal Firewall will be available for an estimated retail price of $US69.95 each, with an upgrade price of $39.95.

Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 2.0 is a product suite designed to safeguard Mac users from a variety of Internet threats. Version 2.0 also adds the ability to limit online flash advertising. "It blocks 80 to 90 per cent of ad protocols," Loomstein said. "It blocks banner ads and popup ads, so speeds up your browser."

Norton Internet Security 2.0 will cost $US99.95. Current users of Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh, Open Door DoorStop, Aladdin Spring Cleaning, Aladdin iClean, Intego NetBarrier, Intego Virus Barrier, and McAfee Virex will be able to upgrade for $69.95.

Norton Utilities for Macintosh lets users repair and optimise disks, recover lost data and prevent future problems. Norton Utilities 7.0 will cost $99.95. Current Utilities owners can upgrade for $49.95. Norton SystemWorks 2.0 will carry a price tag of $129.95, and current users of Norton Utilities, AntiVirus, Spring Cleaning and Retrospect can upgrade for $79.95.

Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh 2.0 is an integrated tool for keeping Macs up to snuff by solving critical problems and keeping systems safe from viruses.

All the products work with Mac OS 8.1 through 9.x (with the appropriate CarbonLib extensions installed), as well as Mac OS X. They will be available in English, Japanese, French, German and Italian.

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