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MacNN review iAntiVirus: four out of five stars

updated 06:15 pm EDT, Thu September 3, 2009

iAntiVirus get four of five stars in review

MacNN has reviewed iAntiVirus, rating the Mac virus protection software four out of five stars. It protects against Mac-based malware, keyloggers, viruses and Trojans.


MacNN has reviewed PC tools' iAntiVirus, rating the Mac virus protection software four out of five stars. It protects against Mac-based malware, keyloggers, viruses, Trojans, and other threats, while running in the background and available from a menubar. The software monitors the system and scans for prior infection. Users can also run immediate scans via drag-and-drop for individual files.

The primary con of the software is a lack of audible alarms and a too-brief visual alert. The fact that the standard version of the software is free, however, mitigates the cons nicely.

iAntiVirus is free to download, or users can purchase a $30 license that includes 24/7 support for one computer. There is a $650 option for a 50-computer volume license available as well. Mac OS X 10.5.0 or higher is required, and iAntiVirus is Snow Leopard compatible.




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  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    didn't detect the only mac trojan I've seen

    their free trojan remover at least saw the trojan, but couldn't remove it.
    for some reason iAntiVirus didn't even see it.

    Had to remove it manually (just a couple of files, and remove a cron entry)

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Why

    I need this why? To protect me from things that don't exist? Assuming there's no physical access, no special rights set up, and no PEBCAK...how do I get infected?

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Re:why

    Well, you've got a lot of assumptions in there. And maybe you missed the first poster's comment who has seen a Trojan. And malware and Trojans don't need special rights. They can function just as well in the user space, depending on what they're trying to do.

    The real question would be "why get this?" as it doesn't scan for windows viruses, and the fact that it includes support for pre-os x viruses in a piece of software that is intel-only seems ridiculous.

  1. jonSandruck

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Resource Hog

    I've been using iAntiVirus for a while now...I think almost a year, and I've noticed that if I leave my computer running for a long time (say, a month) without restarting, that the iavd process eventually takes up an extraordinary amount of resources. It's enough to seriously degrade system performance.

    That takes a real quick quit and relaunch of iAntivirus to remedy, so it's not a HUGE deal, but I can imagine less savvy mac-users (like my parents) being pretty frustrated when their Mac slows way the h*** down for no perceivable reason.

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