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iAntiVirus Free Edition for Mac

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iAntiVirus is a free app that will scan for Mac-specific viruses and malicious software, both on your hard-drive and during real-time Web browsing. You access iAntiVirus through a menu bar icon, and the app can scan your Mac for current infections, with either a Quick Scan, a Normal Scan (longer but still relatively quick), or a Custom Scan of specific areas. You can set iAntiVirus to protect your Mac in the background (with a relatively modest resource footprint), and you can also schedule both scans and app updates every week, every day, or every other day, to make sure that you're protecting your computer using the most current virus definitions. Some anti-virus applications will scan for PC-specific threats as well (to make sure you're not passing on malicious software to PC users you interact with), but iAntiVirus is able to maintain a lower profile on your system by focusing on Mac threats only.

Arguably, the best anti-virus software for the Mac is already on your machine: the Mac OS itself, with its secure, Unix-based architecture and relative obscurity compared to Windows. There has never been a major virus or malicious software outbreak for OS X, so any antivirus app is of questionable usefulness--but iAntiVirus can provide some free peace of mind for anyone worried about future threats.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 108 votes

    • 5 star: 24
    • 4 star: 35
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 17
    • 1 star: 24
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 58 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great UI, but not that good of a Virus detection!"

    July 27, 2012  |   By malnushi

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    The UI is fantastic, you can scan your home folder and other things.

    Cons

    It is not that great of a virus detection, unlike the avast free software it detected 3 files already!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "No more "Protect my Mac" on MAC OS Lion"

    June 21, 2012  |   By bjprc_dotmac

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    Still can scan manually

    Cons

    Switching to OS Lion, the function "Protect my Mac" does not work anymore. On OS 10.6 still OK. Apple discussion group mentions the problem but no solution found.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Virus Definition is Severely Outdated (over 30 days!)"

    June 15, 2012  |   By tokk777

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    Easy to use.

    Cons

    Everyone, please check your "iAntivirus-Preferences" and see what date is your last virus definition date:

    I installed "iAntivirus" on June 3rd to MacAir w/Lion and checked the virus definition date and it showed 5/2/2012. That is over 30 days old virus definition. I think the Antivirus Program should check new virus definition at least once a day ! After I installed "iAntivirus", I waited over 10 days to the system to update the definition but, NO UPDATE !! That was over 40 days. Finally, I un-installed the "iAntivirus". My Norton 360 for my three Window PCs and I trust "Norton" and the definition is updated every day!

    Also, I don't think "iAntivirus" has the "real-time" protection that other users commented.

    Summary

    I think there are much much better "Mac OS" Antivirus program such as Sophos Home Edition (free) or Bitdefender (free).

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It must be working, no virusis since I turned it on."

    April 29, 2012  |   By qwst_eroot

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    It must be run manually on the Lion platform. So far, it hasn't caught a rabbit so i'm not sure it's a friend of mine or not.

    Cons

    This application has been abandoned by it's makers.

    Summary

    This a program that we used to call an orphan Anne. The group built it back in 2008-2009 have not worked on it since. I purchased it September of 2011 and loaded it onto my MacBook Pro running 10.7.3. The first thing that I noticed was that there is no way to schedule it to run. It does run if it's opened and manually started. There is a subprogram called "Protect my Mac". This is supposed to watch the internet data flow and look for virises. However there is no indication that it works and the program icon popup indicates that "Protect my Mac" is not on and that I really need to click it on to get the full protection of the application. It seems to keep itself up to date as to virus codes although it has yet to find one. So is it keeping the elephants away? Your guess is as good as mine. I try to remember to do a manual scan every once in a while. When I made email contact with the group that made this application I was told that they have not done any work on it since late 2009. So it did not go through the Snow Leopard and Lion update. The app probably works great if your running older OSX platforms. From the conversion we had I got a strong impression that they had a lot of other projects going on and that they will most likely never get back to update the program. ps/ I paid for a registration thinking that maybe it was a trial offer and needed to be purchased. DON'T PAY FOR A REGISTRATION. It makes no difference in how it operates.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It works! Don't believe the neg comments!"

    March 31, 2012  |   By Chocoboblue99

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    PC Tools rated this as a great product and they are a global leader.

    Real-Time protection

    Quick updates

    Scanned 450K+ files in 30 mins

    Simple to use interface

    Comes with a easy to read manual with Pictures

    Fast installation

    FREE!!!

    Cons

    The only thing I don't like about this product is that I'm not really sure that it really updating itself. It just so quick! I press the update button and 1 sec later it tells me it's updated. I just don't know if that's true. I don't see a update bar or anything. The history says it's updated but who knows. I wait to see if there's a update that will make it take longer than a second.

    Summary

    Don't believe the negative comments I read first about this product. I read from one person it takes a long time to scan. Took me 30 mins to scan 450K files. Also another person said that the product had install over 156 GB. My file size for this thing is only 15 MB.

    Updated on Apr 1, 2012

    As I have been using this product, one more Con that I don't like is that it automatically starts up with your Mac. There is no option to tell it NOT start up with your Mac.

    One can turn it off easy enough, but I would had preferred an option above.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Gives the illusion of protecting your computer."

    March 5, 2012  |   By tomski100

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    doesn't seem to slow me down
    scans quickly (never found anything)

    Cons

    maybe a false sense of security
    may have given my browser something(see below)
    no way to tell if it is working or just sitting there being a cute little flower

    Summary

    So heres the thing I have run my Mac without incidence for over two years, but after starting an internet security and intelligence program in school I started feeling guilty about being vulnerable to attacks and letting all my stuff hang out there in cyber space. First I got a little free thing called "Do Not Track" for my browsers and then a while later I decided to try an anti-virus, just in case so installed this one. It scans quick and gives me a little report nothing found nothing fixed, me being at a still highly ignorant stage on security can't tell if it is like insurance "you don't get anything from it unless you need it so you better have it" or if it is more like an extra tattoo just sits there looking pretty and offers no value other than that. At any given time in the Activity Monitor iAntivirus is using at most 0.6% CPUs, so I do not see any problem in keeping it for insurance.

    On the other hand somewhere around the time I installed it (I believe after not before) I have this thing on my browsers that have turned random words into links for ads. So you click a blue word thinking it will take you to the subject that it is talking about and you end up opening a bloody pop up ad. I am not say that this is the fault of the iAntivirus or even that it should in any way be addressed by the iAntivirus it is just suspiciously coincidental.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No slowdown on my 2011 MBP."

    February 26, 2012  |   By jdphil07

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    NO SLOWDOWN as reported by some users. They must have a slow processor or not enough Memory.
    Interface is simple to use. Nothing over the top.

    Cons

    "Protect my mac" seemed to not work.

    Summary

    iantivirus was able to finish a full scan in 41 minutes 44 secs.I was able to continue working while scan was in the background.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The WORST-Terrible-Bad-Spyware-"

    January 6, 2012  |   By urbanagain

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    NONE that I can see at all.
    It is a Memory HOG

    Cons

    You cannot uninstall this unless you are a mac tech.....

    Summary

    You will regret the day you ever installed this software on your Mac Computer

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very Questionable"

    January 5, 2012  |   By GamerKel

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    It's free!

    Cons

    It says product version 2008-2009! Why would I trust something that hasn't been updated in over two years to protect my Mac or any computer. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

    Summary

    Stay Away!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seems OK and I'm giving it "good" review of 3 stars."

    December 27, 2011  |   By L-2

    Version: iAntiVirus Free Edition 1.36

    Pros

    I was concerned with not having any antivirus protection after upgrading to OS 10.7.x. I tried the latest Norton/Symantec product for this latest OS, but found it too complicated, taking too long to attempt to configure it for my use. I ended up returning it (getting a credit) and trying iAntivirus.

    As mentioned by others, no viruses have been found using the free-version, but it is comforting to periodically check. After reading some of the other reviews, I disagree with it "hogging" the CPU. Running "Activity Monitor" during a "normal" scan, CPU usage has been between ~14% to 26% as iAntivirus is running on my Mac Mini.

    The iAntivirus periodically self checks for updates but, so far, I haven't seen it find anything new, unlike Norton, which seemed to have a daily antivirus update which I used to scan daily prior to me upgrading to the latest OS 10.7.x, when I found my older Norton no longer worked.

    Cons

    Unable to actually determine if it's doing something and don't know if the iAntivirus company is actually updating this product, even though it periodically checks for "updates".

    Summary

    I'll give it a good recommendation and will consider buying the full version, but ideally, want my internet service provider (Comcast) to supply a product for OS 10.7.x as it used to for prior Mac OS versions.

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