Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Mac Released

Information security company Symantec announced Tuesday Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh, an update to its virus protection software, which will be available in mid-May.

Version 10.0 includes a new Global Threat Assessment dashboard to provide users with an overview of current virus threats, a new Contextual Menu support feature and custom SafeZones.

The Global Threat Assessment dashboard provides the status of local computer virus protection and an overview of global threats allowing users to quickly and efficiently monitor their Macsi security. This new feature leverages "Tigeris" new dashboard functionality to offer the user a report and assessment of the three most recent and the three most critical virus threats on both the PC and Mac platforms.

Version 10.0 also offers users quick and easy manual virus scans. The contextual menu support feature lets users scan files and directories "on the fly" by right clicking/control clicking on a particular file or directory. Users can scan specific files and directories manually without having to launch the Norton AntiVirus application.

The custom SafeZones feature gives users an added level of convenience and works to optimize system performance. Users can specify particular areas of their drive, or specific volumes or files, to be or not to be routinely scanned for threats. Smart volume scanning also allows users to remember previously scanned CD or DVD media to eliminate unnecessary scans and keep usersi machines running at peak performance.

Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh continues to offer important core protection features such as automatic detection of viruses, worms and Trojan horse threats. Auto-Protect functionality maximizes user protection by providing email scanning and monitoring of files and applications that get written to the hard dive. Symantecis LiveUpdate technology allows users to automatically receive the latest virus definitions for both Mac and PC viruses to always keep protection current. Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh is also backed by the experts at Symantec Security Response to ensure users have the most advanced protection.

Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh runs on Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 and is available now for pre-order AT US$69.95. Current users of Symantecis Macintosh products, as well as users of select competitive products, can take advantage of an upgrade mail-in-rebate of $30.