Security software maker PC Tools enters Mac market with antivirus utility

PC Tools on Wednesday released iAntiVirus, that offers both real-time and scanning protection, the company said. The software is offered as a free download and $29 for an individual license.

[Aug. 5, 2009, 5:46 PM PDT. Holy Deja Vu, Batman!! This iAntiVirus press release was received on Wed. but without a date in its copy. Now I find that it has been out in the wild before — in January. Doh! Very sorry for the redundant "news." David M.]

PC Tools on Wednesday released iAntiVirus, that offers both real-time and scanning protection, the company said. The software is offered as a free download and costs $29 for an individual license.

According to the company, said the software will remove threats in the background with little impact on system performance.

The software targets only Mac threats, the company said, which keeps the footprint and resource usage low.

Here are some of its features:

A variety of scan options

You may perform a variety of scan types using iAntiVirus, this allows you to strike a balance between the time taken to complete a scan, and its thoroughness.

Real-time protection

IntelliGuard protects your Mac against infections in real time. Whenever an infection is detected and blocked, an alert is displayed below the system menu bar. IntelliGuard automatically places detected infections in quarantine, works silently in the background and uses minimal system resources.

Quarantine

iAntiVirus quarantines all detected infections, allowing you to easily view and restore items in the case of a false positive (for example: when scanning with engine heuristics set to high).

Automatic Smart Updates

Frequent updates to detect and guard computers against new threats and viruses as well as provide enhancements to iAntiVirus are automatically installed and downloaded through the Smart Update function. Threat signatures are updated within hours of a high risk malware outbreak to protect you from the latest online threats.

Low resource usage

When in monitoring mode iAntiVirus has been designed to work silently in the background, threats are blocked and removed without any system impact, while only a small alert window is displayed to advise you that your Mac has been protected against an attack.

The company says it "employs over 250 people in Australia, China, USA, UK, Ireland and Ukraine." It offers a number of PC security tools including Spyware Doctor and Registry Mechanic.