Hey fellas! I got an article request from Alex who wanted to know about some utilities to remove malware from his mac. I went ahead and decided to make it a top 5 list of utilities since he requested an article instead of video. It seems like the subject would fit the format nicely, this way.
I have decided to include a few paid-apps in this list for two reasons: Mac users seem to be more willing to pay for apps, and those who aren’t willing to pay are perfectly able to find their own copies of the software anyway
Here are my 5 malware and protection utilities for Mac
ClamXav is a free, cross-platform antivirus software tool-kit able to detect many types of malicious software, includingviruses. One of its main uses is on mail serversas a server-side email virus scanner. ClamAV includes a number of utilities: a command-line scanner, automatic database updater and a scalable multi-threaded daemon, running on an anti-virus engine from a shared library. Both ClamAV and its updates are made available free of charge.
It is an ESET product made specifically for Macs to protect from cybercriminals. It blocks all attempts made to infect your Mac or steal your personal information and it also removes PC viruses that might infect other computers through file sharing. Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and newer are the required operating systems for this software. It costs $39.99 for one year and one Mac. Other pricing packages can be found here.
F-Secure Anti-Virus for Mac provides enhanced protection against viruses, spyware, infected e-mail attachments and other malware. Easy to install, simple to use and does not disturb you or slow down your Mac. F-Secure Anti-Virus for Mac will protect you.
Kaspersky Security for Mac ensures you and your children are always safe with enhanced, real-time protection from viruses, Trojans, spyware, phishing attempts, dangerous websites and more. And, it prevents you from passing PC malware onto family, friends and colleagues on your network.
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The spread of the Flashback trojan to over 600,000 Mac computers was a serious blow to Apple’s rather arrogant image of immunity to viruses and security holes; the computer giant is taking steps to make its users aware of security save face.
On the “Why You’ll Love Mac” section of their website, they have tweaked their phrasing to exclude the longstanding and outlandish claims that virii and security threats are nonexistent on the Mac platform, instead noting that security features are built in and easy to manage. No longer does the gut-wrenching phrase “It doesn’t get viruses” have an empirical basis to naively supersede the theoretical fact that no computer system is free of threats, and so the tagline has been stripped away, replaced with a more modest “It’s built to be safe.”
While it is true that the Unix-like operating system inherently has much stronger protection from malicious software than some other operating systems, by design, which is beefed up by some of the tools installed on the platform out of the box. Perhaps the number of affected machines wouldn’t have been so high if Mac users didn’t operate under the notion that security is an irrelevant term in the Apple world. “Safeguard your data. By doing nothing” was exchanged with “Safety. Built right in,” followed by descriptions of the (honestly) highly effective mechanisms provided for security.
Okay, so Apple is shifting their marketing messages, but what steps are being taken to actually beef up security? Educating users and making them aware of issues and resolutions is the big battle in security. While Apple-made products such as Safari, iTunes, Mail, and iChat are within their grasp to protect and patch, downstream applications which users independently install and depend on are not.
Sandboxing and scanning downloads in Safari for executable code are a good measure, but not comprehensive. Perhaps staying on top of downstream security issues and putting out fixes to known threats (such as the one in the Java run-time environment that enabled Flashback and had been addressed by Oracle months before Apple put the update into their Java package) would help. Lastly, it may be time for Apple to start thinking about a more typical antivirus solution, with file scanning, monitoring for suspicious program activity, and regular updates of virus signatures and definitions.
Alright guys I’m putting together my list of must-have apps for android, and a brief description what I use them for and what I like about them. If you feel like I left anything out, feel free to mention in comments!
Android App Roundup - May 2012 - Top 10 - Pulse News Reader
I love this app! I use it to aggregate my favorite news sources into a few different pages where each channel is in a little strip that you can just thumb through very quickly with a little tumbnail. It is so convenient! Pulse News Reader is my number one news reader app for android all day long. Also, a good thing about it is that you can sign in, and add some social functionality as well as bookmark backups for your pages, which if you are like me and root your phone and change the roms constantly, you will definitely appreciate getting all your settings back right away!
Android App Roundup - Top 10 - May 2012 - Ted Talks Ideas Worth Spreading
I don’t know how many of you saw my video on HTC Evo 4G Android Wardriving but I have a phone with a little kickstand on the back of it, so when I’m getting ready in the morning or when I am cooking, I’ll qeue up a playlist on the Ted Talks app from the Google Play store, and it is always the most inspirational talks back to back, no commercials, no junk. Not to say there aren’t some presenters that must be taken with a grain of salt, but I
d say that 9/10 of the videos you watch on there is someone who you should keep an eye on as far as the movers and the shakers in technology and the future.
Android App Roundup - Top 10 - May 2012 - Tape Machine
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory, I use this app to record surprisingly good audio, in a variety of formats, like WAV, MP3, AIFF, OGG and a few others. The full version costs 5$ and I think it is worth every penny.
Android App Roundup - Top 10 - May 2012 - Stumbleupon
I use stumbleupon all the time, not only to post our articles to boost viewership, but also to see all the things I never even thought existed. The premise is that you click a couple of things that you like to create a list of interests and then when you ‘stumble’ you get a random page that is chosen based on your likes and dislikes and every time you get a new page, you can either thumb up or thumb down the site to help you get cooler sites in the future.
Android App Roundup – May 2012 - Top 10 - Bacon Reader
I always tell my girlfriend Rachel that news happens first on Reddit. Often I find that I am seeing headlines for the first time on Reddit. This is because Reddit is a huge community that just submits links all day and new information and it is all segregated into little categories called sub-Reddits.
Android App Roundup – May 2012 - Top 10 - Dolphin Browser HD
This is by far the best browser on Android I have ever used. It has so many features, like these nifty little sidebars with useful tools for web browsing on the go. It also has a shortcuts page similar to Google Chrome.
Android App Roundup - Top 10 - May 2012 - No Frills CPU Control
If you are the kind of guy who has your CPU overclocked, your video card overclocked, your RAM overclocked, and your toaster overclocked, odds are you want a way to overclock your phone too. This app has done this for me seamlessly and automatically ever since I got my Sprint EVO 4G. I Love this phone.
Android App Roundup - Top 10 - May 2012 - Lookout Antivirus
Lookout is by far the best Antivirus for android, with its easy use as well as the many companion products such as Plan B, which locates your phone remotely and emails coordinates to you every few minutes.
For the record, I have no idea who Marcio Gomes is..
I was busy installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 and thought I would do a guide on the most useful free tools to help clean up your Windows 7 PC and get it back to running faster like it was on the day you bought it, and sometimes even faster! Manufacturers loving installing little monitor programs to drive things like the email button on your keyboard you never use, or the 5 programs running in the background even when you aren’t using Adobe Photoshop CS6.
These programs are all free, and they are all ones that I use personally on all of my Windows 7 computers. Let me know if I left any of your favorites out, and if you are looking for a quick way to download these programs you can download my one-click-installer provided by Ninite.com which will install everything for you automatically, with no toolbars, and no adware, and no extra junk you don’t need, just the programs to get things running right.
[Download All] – Recommended, easiest, one click install, no toolbars, no adware, no junk.