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Kaspersky brings lightweight Virus Scanner to Mac App Store

updated 03:20 pm EST, Wed November 30, 2011

Scaled back from full-scale Anti-Virus for Mac

Kaspersky has released a new Mac security app, simply called Virus Scanner. The title is being sold on the Mac App Store, and is explicitly designed as a "lightweight" version of the company's existing Mac software. It detects and removes both Mac- and non-Mac malware, using automatically updated definitions.

The program will allegedly only consume CPU power while scanning, but is limited in scope. Scans can only be run manually, for example, and not scheduled. Kasperky adds that unlike Anti-Virus for Mac 2011, Virus Scanner won't get definition updates as quickly, or access to Kaspersky Security Network cloud features.

Quick, full, and "virus" scanning options are available. Virus Scanner is currently selling for $10. OS X 10.6.6 or later is required.




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  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    BFD

    WOW! Only $10 to protect me from...what?

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Bad move, Kaspersky

    Since there AREN'T any viruses for the Mac -- as in ZERO -- naming your protect "Virus Scanner" instead of "Malware Scanner" is probably going to cost you a lot of business and heap scorn and derision upon the brand in the Mac community.

    A *malware* scanner might not be a bad idea for those who tend to favour unsavoury sites, too bad you decided that what's good enough for the mediocre Windows market is good enough for Macs. Welcome to a decidedly more sophisticated and quality-demanding market than you're used to.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Common sense...

    ...is an even lighter-weight anti-malware solution for Macs.

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