Friday, 29 June 2012
With Apple still struggling to cope with the Flashback Trojan, Mac users are now realizing their need for antivirus protection. The latest avast! Free Antivirus for Mac (free) boasts a new GUI and automatic updates. It scans for malware on demand and in real time, and offers the bonus of Web reputation reporting.

Real-Time Protection

Real-time protection comes in the form of three shields. The Web Shield ensures that you don't accidentally download malicious files. File System Shield checks all files on access. A malicious file that tries to launch will get quarantined instead. The Mail Shield checks your email communications and quashes any malicious attachments.

You can view the level of activity for each shield in a real-time graph, or dig into reports on exactly what actions have been taken. Popup notifications keep you apprised of the program's protective activities in real time. You can control popups to just show critical messages and set how long they stay on your screen.

Web Reputation

The web reputation browser button displays a red or green icon for sites with an overall bad or good reputation.

Reputation information comes from users like you. When you click the button you can rate the site on a five-step scale from bad to good and also tag it with any of five good and five bad attributes. The browser button's icon also shows whether the site has a low, medium, or high number of votes.

Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac is available as a free download at:

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