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F Secure Antivirus For Mac

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December 24, 2011    
 
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F-Secure Antivirus For Mac is an Antivirus Software for Mac OS X created by Publisher F-Secure Corporation.

F-Secure Antivirus for Mac Summary

The F-Secure Antivirus has versions designed for those using Windows computers as well as those who use Macintosh operating system. This review will discuss specifically about the one designed for Mac users. Although the Mac operating system is known as “invulnerable” to viruses, many users think that it is high time to install an antivirus program because of the way the virus blueprint has changed in the past years. Although considered a safer option than Windows, Mac computers are no longer totally invincible when it comes to getting invaded by viruses.

Mac operating system becomes vulnerable to viruses once Mac Defender mutates, or installs applications without user authentication. Mac Defender is an Internet security program that protects Mac computers and serves as the main “guard” of apple computers. The F-Secure company, one of the largest and most reputable computer security companies aims to provide a deeper and more in-depth protection for Mac computers through the F-Secure Antivirus for Mac.

F-Secure Antivirus for Mac Features

The F-Secure Antivirus provides added security for Mac users who feel that their shiny Apple gadgets are not safe enough from using Mac Defender alone. The program includes a feature that updates itself with the most recent viruses that mask themselves in order to get into the computer system.

The program also includes a real-time protection. It updates itself automatically so that it can more effectively detect malicious viruses before they invade the computer. It also features firewall protection, which is integrated on the OS X internal firewall.

The F-Secure Antivirus for Mac allows you to perform a custom scan or full scan of your computer. Unlike other antivirus software, it does not provide an option for “quick scan”.

F-Secure Antivirus for Mac User Interface

The F-Secure Antivirus is designed for both beginners and expert Mac users. It is very simple to use. It does not include any confusing buttons or other features that will require advanced Mac knowledge for someone to understand it. The buttons are labeled according to their uses, so you just have to click on them whenever you need to use a certain feature.

The main window of the program shows the status of the computer, statistics and tasks. The “status” allows a user to access more detailed settings of the program. The “statistics” shows what the program has done and which areas have been cleaned from threats. The “tasks” pane allows you to update the program, restore files that it has quarantined and unblock applications that the program may have found threatening.

F-Secure Antivirus for Mac Review

Because it is easy to install, navigate and overall good protection against threats, the F-Secure Antivirus for Mac has received positive reviews from its users. Although many Mac users believe that Apple computers do not need any more antivirus programs other than the reliable Mac Defender, many other users believe that with the advancements made in viruses, Mac is not as secure as it has been in the past.

The software has continued to raise questions as to whether Mac users should pay $30 more for something that they might not need. However, more and more Mac users are being open to the fact that just like Windows computer users who use antivirus programs, they should not only rely on Mac Defender as a full scale defence against threats.

A positive thing about F-Secure Antivirus is that it is capable of running in the background without hogging with the computer’s resources. It also automatically updates itself whenever the computer is connected to the Internet. The updating process does not take long, which is why users barely notice it.

Some of the drawbacks about this product is that it does not provide a “quick scan” feature, as well as an anti-spam or anti-phishing protection. It also cannot detect rootkits, which are potential hazards to the computer.

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