Above all else, I fear I’ll leave my MacBook Air unattended for a few moments, and when I come back it’ll be gone. What about recent switchers from Windows PCs to the Mac? Their fears are different. Because they fought viruses, worms, Trojan Horse malware and more on their Windows PCs, new Mac users want similar protection for their Macs.
OK, fair enough. A little paranoia goes a long way. While it’s true that there are no viruses in the wild for the Mac, there are a few pieces of malware in the form of a Trojan Horse or two.
If spending money on malware scanning tools makes you feel safer, then you’ll enjoy MacScan. It’s one of a dozen Mac anti-malware apps, and one of the few that carries a healthy price tag.
MacScan scans your Mac for viruses and other malware, including trojan horses, spyware, keystroke loggers, and goes a step further by deleting browser history, cache files, and tracking cookies.
Using MacScan is rather straightforward. Install it, double-click to open, and click the Scan button.
The app can be set to run in the background on a schedule where you’re away from the Mac.
The scan status lists the last date MacScan scanned, how much malware was found and other details to help you sleep better at night.
Will MacScan find a Mac virus? That’s unlikely but it can detect a virus from Windows PCs which might be embedded in an email attachment. And, it’s good at finding the few Mac trojan horses which have popped up in recent years.
Much of the same function can be had by using three or four of the free Mac malware scanner apps, but if spending money brings you peace of mind, then it’s a small price to pay for sleeping better at night.