PC Tools launched the free beta of iAntivirus, a piece of protective software designed for identifying and stopping Mac-exclusive malware. iAntivirus, spyware and antivirus protection specifically for OS X (10.5+). Like other antivirus products, it provides realtime protection and automatic definition updates. The beta version is free, and requires an Intel-based Mac running Leopard. Upgrades to full support, or enterprise-level packages cost $29.95 each.
Over the course of 2008, PC Tools has gathered a database of 70 Mac-specific malware items that only contributes to the critically reputed nature of Mac users. Of the registered malware the group found this year, only 2% were viruses. The majority of threats against Macs were socially engineered, relying on tricks against the user to infiltrate their system. 38% of the compromises were keyloggers, 30% “hacking tools,” and 11% were backdoors.