eScan Due To Launch Mac Version of its Security Software

eScan, a popular security software solution for Windows PCs, will release a Mac Edition of its security software at the 36th Annual Conference of MACAL (Michigan Association for Computer Users In Learning), which is due to be held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI on March 8 and March 9, 2012. eScan for Mac will feature real-time protection against malware and other threats and will provide extensive reporting and automatic database updates to ensure a complete safeguard against all the threats on the web.


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eScan's anti-virus program for Windows. The company is now releasing a Mac version in a couple of days.

The upcoming application will also report any suspicious activity detected in running applications and it can be configured to block any USB storage devices being connected to the computer, thereby ensuring both protection for sensitive data as well as reducing the risk of your Mac becoming infected from software and files carried around on USB sticks.

Mac users have traditionally seen themselves as immune to most threats out there on the Net, seeing as most malware is embedded in Windows programs and viruses are often designed to infect Windows-based systems and are therefore incompatible with OS X. However, given the rise in Macs in 2011 (Mac sales grew by 20.9% during the last quarter of 2011 and this is estimated to grow in 2012), it seems like hackers are turning to Apple’s platform to unleash their destructive creations.

eScan certainly isn’t the first to release a Mac version of its security program. Both Norton and McAfee have released versions of their internet security and virus programs for OS X and there are other offerings, such as Intego’s Internet Security Barrier X6, which is designed exclusively with Mac users in mind.

It may be a hard fact to swallow but it does seem that even OS X isn’t safe from the threats out there on the Internet. However with OS X’s built-in security features, the upcoming Gatekeeper for Mountain Lion and a little bit of common sense, most Mac users will probably find that keeping their Mac healthy and spyware-free isn’t really a difficult task.


  • fractalfrog

    Yet another solution to a non-existent problem. Wohoo…

    Using a virus scanner today on a Mac is like wearing a helmet in the middle of a field in the fear that something will fall randomly out of the sky hitting your head.
    In the infinitesimal low possibility that something falls, then sure your head might be better off but it is more likely that you all you will accomplish is wearing something uncomfortable on your head and look foolish for doing so.

    Also I’m so sick and tired of that argument that one reason why there are no viruses for the Mac is due to their lower user-base since that argument has no validation in real life.
    First of all, to come up with the first REAL virus for OSX, one that can replicate and spread itself without user input, is without any doubt the holy grail and wet dream of many programmers. I can only imagine the bragging rights and weight that will give to the programmer coming up with it. To singlehandedly be the one that throws a monkey wrench in the huge multi-billion machine that is Apple today. Such a programmer would truly be the king of kings in the global hacker scene.
    Secondly I’m old enough to remember the pre-OSX days, when the Mac user-base was a lot smaller than today, there actually were a few viruses around.
    So stop fooling yourself and others by claiming a low user-base is one of the reasons to a virus free OSX world.

  • Daniel Bely

    Another piece of useless software for people whose brain was irreversibly damaged by Windows..

  • torosnegros

    I was over at a friend’s place 3 days ago reformatting his MacBookPro because of a nasty virus. He lost a few important things he’d done since his last back-up. It’s the first time I’d run across something like this on a Mac, and I was surprised. I’m wondering why some of you refuse to even consider this. Just because viruses are starting to pop up once in awhile for Mac, it doesn’t mean that anyone’s attacking you personally. It’s not about being right or wrong, it’s about being open-minded enough to figure out what’s going on. Don’t worry, your world won’t implode just because your choice of computer brands is more fallible than you thought. I promise.

    • Timisorean

      Simple, because if you use your brain, you can’t get a virus. It’s as simple as that. Don’t download every crap you find on the internet and you will be safe. This rule is applicable on every OS of course.

    • fractalfrog

      @ torosnegros

      You wrote “Just because viruses are starting to pop up once in awhile for Mac…”.
      I would LOVE to have the explained further since there are NO known viruses for OSX. Note that we are not talking about trojans or any other kind of user activated malware but instead of true viruses, that are able to function by themselves, self-replicate and spread.

      So please go ahead and list your sources of those so called OSX viruses that are popping up. I dare you. I double dare you.

      I hold no illusion that OSX is 100% safe and will never be effected by viruses BUT the fact remains that there is no real threat today.

  • Steven Griffiths

    I thought I had a Virus once. It turned out that it was something called ‘Windows’ that I had installed myself through Bootcamp. I felt like I raped my Mac when I did that.

  • Chris

    I’m not going to discuss wether you need an anti-virus app on your Mac but I would like to comment on the interface.
    This piece of software looks like designed by a teenager with poor taste. I don’t know if this app would help me feel more comfortable about viruses or just do the opposite. I used a trial version of Intego Virus Barrier X6 which really had a lot of features. Despite the fact that I didn’t really need them, the app had a gorgeous, Mac-like interface and just feeled really professional. When looking at this app, I already know I don’t want to use it, even if it was the best app functionality-wise.

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