What? Macs get malware? As much as it pains me to say it, yes, a Mac can become infected with malware. How do you find Mac malware and how do you get rid of it?
Let me count the ways…
Amazing, there’s a cottage industry of Mac apps that find malware and help to keep your Mac clean and tidy. The industry is so robust that most of the good anti-malware apps for Mac are free.
Free as in, well, free. No charge. No price. Why? Because there’s not much demand for malware removal tools for Mac users, because there’s not much malware for Macs.
High on my list of check-once-a-year-whether-my-Mac-needs-it-or-not list is ClamXav. This free virus check is built on the popular, open source ClamAV engine which also detects Windows viruses which might lurk in your Mac’s email.
Also free is VirusBarrier Express which scans your Mac for Trojan Horse malware, too, in addition to scanning for the few Mac viruses on the market.
Unlike ClamXav which has a typical open source look and feel (read: stark, sterile, boring), VirusBarrier is pure eye candy. What it finds and deletes is extensive, though, and includes PDFs, Windows files, Flash malware, as well as key loggers and other hacker tools.
Tired of trying to sell anti-virus apps to Mac users, Norton entered the free for all fray with the cleverly named iAntivirus. It’s free, too, and features the all important gesture interface we know and love.
This one even scans your Facebook wall for malicious links so you won’t be tempted into a phishing expedition.
After looking through all the anti-malware apps Mac App Store you’d think Mac users were ignorant, naive, slaves to Apple’s propaganda that the Mac is more secure.
If you’re still paranoid, there’s Bitdefender Virus Scanner, also free, and also a good scanning tool for Windows viruses, and Mac Trojan Horse malware.
If you’re stimulated to feel secure by eye candy, you’ll probably like Dr. Web Light, another free malware scanner app which scans and removes suspicious files, including viruses and Trojans.
If you have extra money and still have some paranoia to assuage, there’s half a dozen other Mac commercial anti-malware scanning apps to lighten your fears while they lighten your load of money.
Start with free and see how it goes. So, what’s on your Mac? What anti-malware apps do you prefer and why?