Today's best Mac antivirus software comes mainly from digital security industry giants. However, the software company ProtectMac Limited puts forth security software that focuses solely on Mac systems. A noble effort indeed, but their ProtectMac Antivirus is not as impressive as higher ranked products that offer more robust security features.
ProtectMac AntiVirus delivers comprehensive protection by defending your Mac from viruses, spyware and other malware - including several layers of security to protect your operating system. Perhaps its most impressive feature is the background scanner, which provides real-time scans as you access your files and applications. It can also scan external devices when they are mounted, including DVDs, CDs, USB drives and .dmg files.
The real-time scanner offers basic online protection as well, keeping you safe when you download files from the internet, including files you get via email. But the software falls short when keeping you safe from phishing scams or malicious websites.
On top of eradicating threats specific to Mac OS X, ProtectMac AntiVirus can also defend other operating systems by getting rid of non-Mac malware. A malicious file can be harbored somewhere on your Mac without ever actually harming it. But that doesn't mean the file just goes away. Often these types of files are passed on to your friends and coworkers, still ready to cause havoc. ProtectMac AntiVirus defends against this by getting rid of malicious files once and for all.
Perhaps the best feature of this software is its Adaptive Intelligent Scanning (AIS) technology. The technology functions with your habits in mind, by frequenting the same applications and files you use most regularly. This function protects you from malicious files that may find their way into your favorite locations on your Mac - areas where you are likely to have your guard down the most.
Another great Mac-specific feature this antivirus software provides is FileSafe. This feature allows you to designate the files on your system that are known to be safe. This gives ProtectMac permission to skip over your safe files and scan only the potentially threatening ones, which saves time during scans.
ProtectMac scans archived files, and it can run multiple on-demand scans at the same time. You can also pause scans that are in progress and resume them later without needing to start over.
If you happen to have an antivirus application previously installed on your Mac, ProtectMac will find it during installation. This is important because not all antivirus applications uninstall completely, and having multiple antivirus programs can slow down your computer significantly.
Lacking from ProtectMac's list of features is a function that protects the Mac's virtual space. If you use Parallels or VMWare Fusion to create a virtual Windows machine, you will not be protected from the viruses and malware that affect Windows operating systems in that space. This is unfortunate because ProtectMac is capable of indentifying Windows viruses on the Mac OS.
The software's interface is well organized and highly intuitive. It resembles the iTunes interface, but instead of listing songs, the application points out files scanned, files detected and a scan history. You can start or stop a scan with ease, and you can use the application's status bar to monitor a scan's progress. Every basic function is accessible from the main interface - a big plus for the application's ease of use.
ProtectMac AntiVirus is effective security software focused on Mac protection. Its unique features make it one of the easiest-to-use application's we reviewed, but it is not as robust as top-rated security software.