New free AVAST anti-virus for Mac 10.5+
Sophos showed the way. It was the first major anti-virus company with free AV for Mac. In a masterly PR stroke it gave away what it could not sell: Mac AV for home users. The rest of the industry was thrown into catch-up.
And finally it has started. AVAST Software has launched a new free Mac AV product, available for 10.5 and newer users.
“It’s time for Mac users to start thinking about an antivirus app and this beta shows what they will need for their protection,” said Ondrej Vlcek, CTO of AVAST Software. “The Mac has long had a ‘cloak of invulnerability’ because its small market share made it a fringe target for malware. As Mac sales surge it is becoming a natural target for malware such as the Pinhead and Boonana Trojans or the MacDefender fake antivirus.”
For the moment it’s still in beta – and if you want to try that you can get it here. Otherwise you’ll have to wait for the released version which should be announced soon.