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Kaspersky launches Mac antivirus software

'Mac platform not inherently invulnerable'

Following in the footsteps of McAfee and Open Door Networks, Kaspersky Lab has announced its first Mac security software.

With 85 percent of Mac users also owning a Windows PC, the company is pitching Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac primarily as a prophylactic to prevent Macs from spreading malware to Windows PCs via email, file-sharing, and other networked activities.

Kaspersky Lab argues that the Mac platform isn't inherently invulnerable and that, as Macs gain market share, malicious hackers could begin to see it a juicier target. So Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac will protect against Mac-specific malware, too, should such a thing ever exist in significant quantity.

Kaspersky Lab says the software scans and disinfects files - including email attachments and Web downloads - in real-time. It also claims that it'll take up just 1 percent of your CPU's resources when idle.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher and an Intel processor. A 1-year licence for a single Mac is £39. A 30-day free trial version (which can be upgraded to the licensed version) is available.

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