Avast brings free antivirus to Mac

first_imgApple has finally acknowledged the Mac Defender malware problem and released a system update to combat the Trojan, but many OS X users are left feeling that it might be time to install an antivirus application. In recent years, several companies have added Mac versions to their repertoires — and you can now add Avast to the list.Avast remains one of the most popular antivirus applications in the world, with tens of millions of Windows users running both paid and free versions. The arrival of the company’s first beta for Mac couldn’t have been timed better, with so much talk about the recent spate of Mac Defender rogues targetting OS X users.AdChoices广告As with its Windows cousin, Avast for Mac offers realtime filesystem and web defense — critical elements in blocking those annoying Trojans — as well as email protection. Avast can also execute on-demand scans on fixed disks, removable drives, and network shares and files can also be dragged and dropped onto the Avast Dock icon or into the area in the bottom-left of the application window for instant scanning. Desktop notifications are powered by Growl, so you’ll need to install it to enable Avast’s alerts on your Mac.It’s important to remember that Avast for Mac is still a beta release and you’re probably going to experience the occasional glitch or crash. That said, Avast has been very stable on my Mini since I installed it a few days ago, and the program has been updating and executing scheduled scans without fail. Those who want a more polished (but still free) antivirus program for their systems may want to check out Sophos Home Edition.More at the Avast forumslast_img read more