I recently noted a comment to one of these blogs from someone who stated that antivirus for Mac was necessary and that they used a product called Protemac.
As this appeared to be a genuine company, I approved the comment (and another comment that commented adversely on its capability). After all, although ESET has a Mac scanner in beta, this site is supposed to be independent, so I won’t give it preferential treatment over other products here.
However, I’ve seen almost identical comments since, from someone with the same apparent email address (of course, that may be fake) but a different “friendly” name, submitted to this site and to others with Mac security-related content. This is clearly comment spam. I don’t know if Protemac is directly responsible for it – it is I suppose possible that the company has an over-enthusiastic fan – but I’ll be trying to find out, and probably having a closer look at the product to see if it’s really kosher.
In the meantime, I will say that I usually associate this sort of comment spam with fake AV rather than reputable security products, and if Protemac were my company, I’d be thinking about remedial action…
David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Mac Virus Administrator
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