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Re: Mathematica 8 + OS X + McAfee = trouble; help? [OT]

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  • Subject: [mg124601] Re: Mathematica 8 + OS X + McAfee = trouble; help? [OT]
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 03:26:48 -0500 (EST)
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While Mac viruses are essentially non-existent in the wild, other
malware is apparently not. I choose to live safely, given how much web
browsing I do and how many email messages I read. Seems like a small
price to pay.

I note that the Mac OS X is based upon a Unix system, and certainly
malware is hardly unknown on *nix systems.

On 1/25/12 7:09 AM, J=E1nos L=F6bb wrote:
> On Jan 24, 2012, at 5:09 AM, Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>
>> Under Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) I've been having persistent
>> troubles getting the Mathematica 8.0.4 front end to connect with the
>> kernel when I start the program, and to start the PacletManager, too.
>> Evidently, the problem is caused by JLink not starting or running properly.
>>
>> After substantial direct help from Wolfram tech support, we've traced
>> the problem to McAfee Security, specifically, Version 1.1.0 (1309), with
>> its anti-malware version 9.1.0 (4478), engine version 5400.1158.
>>
>> Has anybody else encountered this?
>>
>> What happens is that with normal on-access scan enabled, the JLink
>> problem occurs; with on-access scan disabled, the problem disappears.
>>
>> I'd like to be able to keep McAfee Security and simply specify the
>> needed file exclusions from on-access scan. We've tried to exclude the
>> entire Mathematica.app package (i.e., $InstallationDirectory) as well as
>> /Library/Mathematica (i.e., $BaseDirectory), and even the entire
>> $UserBaseDirectory. But that doesn't do the trick.
>>
>> Perhaps the exclusions need to include specific files in those
>> directories, or even some Java files/directories. The Mac in question
>> has the usual Apple 64- and 32-bit Javas, version 1.6.0_29-b11-402.
>>
>> Any suggestions?
>>
>> --
>> Murray Eisenberg                     murray at math.umass.edu
>> Mathematics&  Statistics Dept.
>> Lederle Graduate Research Tower      phone 413 549-1020 (H)
>> University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
>> 710 North Pleasant Street            fax   413 545-1801
>> Amherst, MA 01003-9305
>>
>
> Me, as a newbie, I do not use McAfee.   On the Mac it is absolutely unnecessary.
>
> I never used any antivirus program on any Mac in my life, starting from MacPlus to my nice MacBookPro.
>
> Of course, if you want to suffer, YMMV :-)
>
> J==E1nos
>
>

--
Murray Eisenberg                     murray at math.umass.edu
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
Lederle Graduate Research Tower      phone 413 549-1020 (H)
University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
710 North Pleasant Street            fax   413 545-1801
Amherst, MA 01003-9305



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