AVG hesitates on Apple OS X antivirus release

AVG hesitates on Apple OS X antivirus release

Summary: AVG still has no plans to release a security product for Apple's OS X, despite first touting the idea more than a year ago.

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AVG still has no plans to release a security product for Apple's OS X, despite first touting the idea more than a year ago.

In late 2006 AVG's chief strategist, Larry Bridwell, told ZDNet.com.au that the company was looking at porting its antivirus application to Mac OS X.

"We are in the process of looking at that and seeing what the benefits of that are -- especially since we have done the [Linux] BSD version, which makes it a little bit easier to port to the Mac," said Bridwell at the time.

AVG's chief technology officer Karel Obluk said the threat to Macs is still not enough to make a release worthwhile.

"As you would know there aren't that many viruses for Mac. We would like to make a release at the perfect time or of a perfect product. So it's still in the lab, but we would like to bring to the market a product that is useful for end user when they are ready," he said.

However, Obluk did not rule out a Mac antivirus product some time in the future.

"We are working on something for Mac OS but at this time, we have no specific plans for a release or anything that we would disclose," Obluk told ZDNet.com.au.

AVG last week announced the release of AVG 8.0 for Windows users, which includes technology it acquired through Exploitation Prevention Labs to give its product the ability to protect against malicious code delivered via compromised Web sites.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Malware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Security, Windows

Liam Tung

About Liam Tung

Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, security and telecommunications journalist with ZDNet Australia. These days Liam is a full time freelance technology journalist who writes for several publications.

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