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Avast Antivirus For Mac Announced. Free Download!

Question asked by Kaustubh Katdare in #Coffee Room on May 26, 2011
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · May 26, 2011
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'No Virus For Mac' was a unique selling proposition for Apple for long. It seems that Mac systems are no longer safe from malware. Apple recently acknowledged the Mac Defender malware problem & also released a system update to defend the Trojan. However, many Mac users began feeling the need of an Antivirus software for Mac. AVAST - a leading free antivirus software has released the beta version of Avast Antivirus For Mac platform.


Avast antivirus for Mac will feature three shields along with on-demand scan. To check the incoming Internet data, Avast provides Web Shield and Mail Shield. There is also a 'file shield' which scans all the programs being executed on the computer in real time. Avast for Mac will also feature brand new, refreshed GUI. The antivirus promises following features -
[*]On-demand scanning: It's possible to scan the whole file system, network volumes or a mounted removable volume. You can also run a custom scan. Scan reports are automatically archived and are accessible from the GUI at anytime.
[*]On-screen alerts: Alert messages are displayed on-screen whenever a threat is detected.
[*]File Shield: The File Shield scans the binaries of started applications and all files at the time they are modified.
[*]Web Shield: The Web Shield monitors and filters all HTTP traffic coming from web sites on the Internet. Connections from your web browser are redirected to the Web Shield module. The Web Shield in turn connects to the requested web server and while downloading the content, it simultaneously scans it for viruses and Trojans. Only clean data is delivered to the browser, all malware is stopped before it gets saved on your Mac.
[*]Mail Shield: The Mail Shield monitors and filters all POP3 and IMAP traffic coming from mail servers on the internet. It does not prevent saving of infected files (doing so could lead to irreversible data loss), it just detects them. The File Shield prevents any infected attachments from causing harm to your system.
[*]Automatic updates: The scanning engine is automatically updated with our regular VPS database updates.
Follow <span style="color: #ff6600;">this link</span> to download the free version of Avast Antivirus for Mac. Note that the software is currently in beta, there might be few issues. But as our experience with Avast goes, it should do the job well and keep your systems protected from virus (if any), Trojan Horses and any malicious programs.

Via: Avast Forum Posted in: #Coffee Room

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