If you came to the Mac via an experience with Windows PCs, I can understand your worry and concern regarding malware. Even Macs get malware.
Fortunately, there’s not much malware for the Mac; so little in fact, that most Mac anti-virus apps are free. Here’s the story of one that’s not free. Instead of calling it anti-virus software, maybe it should be called scare ware.
eScan is an anti-virus app for the Mac that comes with a $29.95 price tag. This is despite the fact that there are few, if any, in-the-wild viruses for Mac OS X. eScan is simply better at scaring Mac users than others.
Mac OS X is now as vulnerable to malware attacks and other web based threats as any other operating systems.
Really? Macs have the same vulnerability problems as Windows and Linux? I don’t think so. Wait. There’s more.
Malware exclusively for Mac OS are written and the numbers are increasing since 2009, surpassing 1,000,000 per year.
Uh, no. That’s just not true. Maybe there are one million Mac users infected with a Trojan Horse of some kind or another (out of nearly 70-million Mac users worldwide).
The amplitude of risks and nature of Mac Malware is getting worst with its increasing number at an approximate rate of 10% by each month.
Poor English notwithstanding, Mac malware is not increasing by 10-percent per month. If it was, wouldn’t the Mac anti-virus app developers trumpet the danger?
eScan seems to work about the same as other Mac malware apps. It scans all the files on your Mac until it finds some code which matches a virus definition. And, it’s smart enough to go looking first in places where typical malware may hide itself.
eScan can be set to scan all the time in the background, scan on demand, and even scan external disk drives, DVDs, or USB storage devices.
The real question is, ‘Do you need to pay for Mac anti-malware apps like eScan when so many high quality apps with pedigree backgrounds are available free?‘
Kate MacKenzie’s site has a nice rundown of the free Mac apps that scan, find, and delete Mac malware.
Caveat emptor, indeed.