Owners of PCs will be familiar with the hugely popular and free anti-virus software from avast!. Along with AVG, avast! dominated the free anti-virus download market with the provision of effective PC protection and an exceptionally attractive user interface at no cost. Now Mac users can enjoy avast! protection with a brand new Mac edition.
Some might argue that Macs are not really subjected to viruses or trojans and while that used to be the case – it isn’t any more. While not near the PC level of threats, there are several Mac viruses that can cause system issues without your knowledge. The Hong Kong Virus, INIT-29-B virus, HyperCard HC-9507, OSX/Leap-A, the trojan horse AppleScript.THT, ‘flashback’ that affected over 600,000 computers and the recent ‘pint-sized’ Trojan are just some of the nasties that have graced Mac computers in recent years.
The Mac edition of avast! anti-virus is powerful enough to safeguard your Mac from threats targeting OS X and Windows viruses that could be passed on to others. It is compatible with both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs and if you have Windows installed on your Mac for use with Bootcamp, avast! has a unique Mac&PC Edition to provide dual protection.
The app features on-screen tools and live graphics, a system file shield, an email shield/scanner and a web shield. avast! will guard these easily exploited areas efficiently. When you have downloaded and installed the app, expect a slight drop in performance as the app systematically scans your hard drive for threats. Browser performance is also hindered slightly with the web shield enabled.