Posted by: David Harley | July 17, 2015

Malwarebytes for Mac

I note with some interest the launch of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac, as announced in an article by John Leyden for The Register. Interesting, too, to read that the company has brought on board Thomas Reed and his AdwareMedic program. I know one or two of the guys over at Malwarebytes, and they’re knowledgeable people with a useful product.

However, I have to take issue with the following:

According to a June 2015 OPSWAT report, only half of Mac users have antivirus protection, and that protection does not typically detect adware. In the last two years, there has been a proliferation of new adware – including Genieo, Conduit, and VSearch…

I’m not sure where that assertion that Mac AV doesn’t typically detect adware comes from (an OPSWAT test, maybe?), but it’s misleading at best. All three of the examples of adware cited here are known to at least one AV company, or are listed as such on its website. 😉 It may be that Malwarebytes has better detection of Mac adware than some or all AV products – I’m not in a position to test, but that’s one of the strengths of the Windows product – but that’s rather different.

David Harley

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