Kaspersky launches anti-virus for Macs


Posted at Nov 21 2009 02:27 AM | Updated as of Nov 21 2009 10:27 AM

MANILA - Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces the release of a new product that protects Macintosh computers from all types of malware.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac is based on Kaspersky Lab’s new antivirus engine, which dramatically increases system scanning speed thanks to improved processing of objects and optimized use of system resources, particularly on dual- and quad-core processor platforms.
The new product for Mac OS X (versions 10.4.11 and higher) combines the advantages of the new antivirus engine with a security approach that is based on protecting home or corporate networks from multiplatform IT threats. Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac protects against Mac OS viruses, worms and Trojans as well as combating similar threats for Windows and Linux operating systems.
“Many Macintosh users are overconfident to think that the Mac OS has no malwares or viruses as they have never encountered any virus attack or infection.  Nothing untoward  may be happening to a Mac unit or it may not be malfunctioning but it doesn’t mean that everything is fine, as Trojans or key loggers will not inform or alert the user should his Mac machine has been compromised,” said Suk Ling Gun, Managing Director for Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.
“On another note, a number of the vulnerabilities in the Mac OS which can be used to conduct an attack via the Internet have increased since 2005. Thus, it is time now to keep Macs protected,” added Gun.
The release of Mac OS X made the interaction of multiplatform computers considerably easier and Mac computers have now become an integral part of many corporate and home networks. These unprotected machines are like open gates through which malicious programs can penetrate any computer in a network which, in some organizations, could result in tens of thousands of machines being affected.
In order to protect mixed networks more effectively, Kaspersky Lab’s new product has access to the company’s global antivirus database that includes information on more than 20 million malicious programs for a range of platforms. The antivirus databases for Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac are updated hourly, as are the company’s antivirus products for Windows and Unix operating systems. This ensures that users are protected against the very latest malicious programs that appear in large numbers every day on the Internet.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac scans files and email attachments downloaded from the Internet. The new product is also exceptional for its distributed use of system resources: when user activity increases, the priority of the antivirus scanner declines, offering the user complete access to the computer’s system resources and increasing the performance of user applications.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac also protects shared folders on virtual machines which are gaining popularity with both corporate and home users. This prevents the transfer of malware from Windows or Unix virtual systems to the work environment, which is of great importance for those working with several operation systems on a Mac computer.
Being well aware that an attractive interface is a must for Mac applications, Kaspersky Lab has equipped its new product with an animated interface that is user-friendly both for novices and more experienced users. Information about the protection status and any necessary user actions are presented in a graphic format that is easy to understand. The new product includes an automated mode for operations with applications, which means the program takes decisions automatically and doesn’t bother users with unnecessary requests.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac was especially designed to meet the needs of this operating system, offering complete compatibility with all versions of the OS from 10.4.11. Other technical requirements include: a Macintosh with the Intel processor, 512 MB available RAM and 80 MB available hard drive space.
The product is now available for purchase via our e-store at www.antivirus365.net and is scheduled to be on the shelves by mid-December 2009.