updated 09:40 am EDT, Wed July 26, 2006
McAfee VirusScan 8.5 beta
McAfee has released a preview update to its virus protection program VirusScan, previously known as Virex. The VirusScan 8.5 beta features native support for Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary, the first in the Virex product line. VirusScan 8.5 also offers "True On Access Scanning," which scans every file being accessed from or written to the machine and blocks infections when needed. This module replaces the Active Scanner, Background Scanner, and Mounted Volume Scanner used in earlier versions of Virex and does not scan inside Stuffit archives. Version 8.5 also features the new 5100 McAfee Anti-Virus engine and support for scanning Apple Mail's email messages for infections. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later is required.
The company has also provided uninstallers for Virex 7.7, Mactel v8.0, and the current VirusScan for Mac v8.5 beta as well as notes that the VirusScan for Mac installation stops if you have previously installed Norton, VirusBarrier or Sophos Anti-Virus software on your Mac OS X machine.