Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac review

Many of us think we’re immune to malware attacks, believing they’re only a worry for our Windows-using friends. While it’s true there are still very few bona fide viruses in the Mac world, we can still be victims of malware.

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Mac trojans – malware that tricks users into installing code on their machines – have been spotted in the wild. Then there are macros that hide in Microsoft Office files, executing destructive routines whatever the platform. Finally, though a PC virus can’t harm your Mac, you wouldn’t want to be responsible for passing one on.

Kaspersky’s Anti-Virus 2011 protects your machine against a host of internet threats. In fact, the name is a little misleading when its main focus is to shield you from spyware, adware, phishing attacks and other malware. Anti-Virus 2011 will flag up suspicious sites, look for malware in emails and check files for known threats.

Designed to run constantly in the background, Kaspersky’s tool has a very low impact on CPU cycles, claiming to use just 1 per cent of your Mac’s computing power to achieve its aims. In use, we didn’t notice any slowdown or affect on our Mac’s capability.

OUR VERDICT

The UI’s clearly designed to calm your paranoia. With brushed steel and fake vaults, you are psychologically reassured that your data’s protected and malware is safely locked up. Regularly updated, Anti-Virus 2011 is robust and effective protection against internet nasties.

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