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Buying Guide: Anti-Virus Software

Feb 05, 2010, 18:47 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph Moran)

[ Thanks to Naomi Graychase for this link. ]

"What about Macs and Linux? There’s a common notion that Mac OS is an inherently more secure operating system than Windows, and thus, less susceptible to malware. It’s true that malware is less prevalent on Macs, but what makes it so is the relatively small market share (about 5% according to the latest data from Net Applications). This translates into far less incentive for malware creators to find and exploit security holes, and limited potential for nasty stuff to propagate if they do.

"That said, Mac-based malware does exist, as do tools that provide protection from it. ClamXav is free and open-source antivirus software for OS X 10.3 and above, PC Tools’ iAntivirus is a free/pay offering, and many of the aforementioned commercial Windows anti-virus vendors offer Mac versions too.

"As for Linux, the same general rule applies—safer than Windows, but not categorically safe. AVG offers a free Linux version and ClamAV is available for, and sometimes included with, many Linux distros."

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