Macworld on Apple’s Anti-Malware Feature in Snow Leopard

Posted on August 27th, 2009 by

We reported yesterday that we had obtained information regarding an anti-malware feature in Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6. Macworld has confirmed this with an extensive article about “Snow Leopard’s hidden malware protection”. The article points out that this feature only works with a handful of programs, and currently only scans for two (!) types of malware: one a common Trojan horse, RSPlug, which Intego discovered in 2007, and the second, the iServices Trojan horse, which was found in a number of pirated versions of Mac software earlier this year. But this feature would not even detect the iServices Trojan, because it does not seem to work with BitTorrent clients; it only, according to Macworld, scans files downloaded with web browsers, e-mail clients and iChat.

Well, for now, we’ll say we’re underwhelmed. Stay tuned for a detailed comparison of Intego VirusBarrier X5 and this new anti-malware feature in Snow Leopard. We’ll be posting a number of articles about this tomorrow.

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