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How To Prevent Malware on Lion & Snow Leopard Macs

The myth that Macs are immune to viruses was put to rest once and for all by Flashback, a malware program that infected hundreds of thousands of Macs. As a result of that attack, Apple was forced to respond with a removal tool. Don't wait for the next big Mac breach--there are five simple things you can do now to keep your Mac safe from infection. Here they are.
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Use third-party security software: ClamXav

ClamXav is based on the GPL ClamAV anti-virus engine that's for detecting and eliminating Trojans, viruses, malware, and other threats. ClamAV claims it's the standard tool for mail gateway scanning. ClamXav in a nutshell:

  • Free virus definitions, updated almost daily.
  • Crashed occasionally in my tests.
  • Works with OS X 10.5 through 10.8 (Mountain Lion).
  • Good documentation but not much in the way of support.
  • Gives you the choice to turn off background scanning for times you prefer not to slow down your work.

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