Every self respecting Windows user knows the value of frequent scans. Many users have been victimized. What about Mac users? If Windows is more secure than OS X, then why are most Mac anti-malware apps free?
The Ghost In The Machine
Tech gurus can argue all day and half the night (and they often do) as to which PC platform is more secure– Mac OS X or Windows (regardless of version).
Serious malware for the Mac can usually be counted on one hand. A similar counting for windows requires a calculator.
Still, malware can get passed from Windows PCs to Macs, so if you’re the least bit paranoid, Mac users have plenty of anti-malware app choices.
Interestingly, most of the apps that scan your Mac for various and sundry malware are free, including the popular Bitdefender Virus Scanner app.
Not only does it find the few versions of Mac malware on the market, it also scans for Windows viruses and malware. Using Bitdefender is typical Mac and simple to setup and run.
The app can scan specific locations on your Mac, or the entire system. It can even scan applications that are currently running.
When Bitdefender finds an offending piece of malware that matches the latest signatures, it can put up a quarantine and alert you.
Not only does it scan through OS X, Bitdefender scans open applications and background daemons.
There’s also an option to exclude specific locations, including network shared devices, or Time Machine backups.
Macs don’t have as much malware as Windows PCs, but those of the trojan horse variety can be troublesome. Bitdefender checks for those, too.
Type the word virus into the Mac App Store’s search and you’ll see almost half a dozen free anti-malware apps, and not one that costs beyond $10. There’s just not much money in tracking Mac malware these days.