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VirusScan is the latest version of this robust antivirus solution from Network Associates. It provides full protection (via GUI and command-line) for users of Apple's new operating system.

What's New

Version 8.6.1:
  • Support for updating virus signatures (DATs) and scanning engine from ePolicy Orchestrator repositories
  • Support for updating virus signatures (DATs) and scanning engine from HTTP and local repositories
  • Support for specifying a list of FTP, HTTP, and/or local repositories for updating virus signatures (DATs) and scanning engine
  • Support for VirusScan for Mac deployment and more...


Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later

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olafalferink Member IconReview+3

We sold a 10 user license of version 7.7 to one of our customers. A big customer. Now they have a lot of Word Macro Viri. You can save the infected files, move them, mail them, open, save and close them and there isn't a single warning. Nothing, although all automatic detection features a enabled. If you scan those files manually the viri are removed.

Now their support tells me that we should have noticed that their product does not work in the first year after buying it and that they will have to buy a new support contract to get it working.

So now they have an very unhappy customer and a reseller that sold a them product that is simply not working and of course will never sell it again.

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Version 8.6
In2Ndo Member IconReview+3

Just wanted to add my rating

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Version 8.6
In2Ndo Member IconComment+3

This program. ver. 8.6 made my home folder disappear right after installing it. I had to go into my guest profile.. looked in the users folder and my profile folder was empty. I downloaded the program again and used its uninstaller and my home folder reappear ..... scared me bad.
Before uninstalling I did try a few things from the new profile I had just created.. I couldn't even repair permissions..

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Version 8.6

Wow, your home directory disappeared upon install and re-appear after uninstall? Bizarre! I see your identical comment over on macupdate.com too. I have to wonder whether this is a system-specific failure (e.g., interaction w/some other issues) rather than something that the SW might do to others, but I guess it comes down to... YMMV... Sorry you had a bad experience. My IT folks provide this for Macs, and I have not heard any issues w/it, FWIW.

I did have to wonder about your mention of the fact that you couldn't see contents of a user folder when logged in as another user. Isn't that how it's supposed to work? I mean... Security...? When logged in a "guest profile" I would not expect to see the contents of ANY other users!! That's a... FEATURE, not a BUG!!!! But as to whether or not you had problems with your main account after the install, I leave that to you of course.......

I hope that you can elucidate if I am mistaken on this... As I said, this is the AV package available to me w/out personal cost, so I'm hoping it's stable!

Tjerja Member IconReview-2

The Virex 8.6 beta application massively crashes illustrator CS3 on 10.4.11. - My Advise, check your crashlog / console regularly and be surprised how much CPU time and Errors this app generates. Incredible that they actually dare to release this as a beta. It should be alfa instead. I've deinstalled virex 8.6 and won't re-use it ever. Next to that, this app slows down my system and becomes a real resource hog when working. I don't understand why this application won't be totally 'invinsible' until I call it to action. There's really no need for Virex to be so hyperactive in an OSX environment.

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Version 8.6
NinjaBoy Member IconComment+4

Had no problems with this app when I was using XP - it worked great.

Mac version, however, keeps popping up one error messege after another about how its unable to do this or because 'errors'/componant parts missing are found after installation from disk.

Can't figure out why it can't e-update from its own virus definitions database; Has trouble finding the server when I'm already online; Can't find certain componants which I've never heard of, let alone know where to look for them (even if I have them to begin with?)

And yes, it does slow my Mac down to a crawl.

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Version 7.6
mcjules Member IconComment+0

This application:
- Slows my system down (I had been wondering why my iBook wasn't as fast lately... everything went back to normal when I got rid of Virex).
- Crashed after analysing for more than an 1 hour my /Library folder (1Gb), without leaving any report whatsoever.
- Doesn't find viruses inside .sit, .sitx, etc. files (which I thought were quite common archive files on Macs)

In case viruses start to be a problem on Macs, we'll definitely need to have something more efficient than this!

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Version 7.6
Rob Member IconComment+2

That's it.

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Version 7.6
Anonymous Member IconReview

In a folder, I've gathered 5 virii I got by email or when browsing web:
- W32/Mytob.gen@MM,
- W32/Mydoom.bw@MM
- W32/Pate.b
- Exploit-ByteVerify Trojan
- Generic component trojan

With the latest defs (10.2005),
- VirusBarrier X4.1 found only 1 virus : Exploit-ByteVerify Trojan
- NAV 10.0.2 found 3 virii. It missed W32/Mydoom.bw@MM and Generic component trojan
- Virex* 7.2.1 found 4 virii. It missed W32/Mydoom.bw@MM
- Virex* 7.7 found all 5 virii.

* I have to unzip the attachments in order Virex to found 3 of the 5 virii.

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Version 7.6
Anonymous Member IconReview

My ISP was trying to sell MacAfee Anti-Virus with my connection for like $5 a month. the problem is there is no support for Virex os X Apple tells you they no longer support it and MacAfee will tell you that they sold it to Apple.. so eather way Virex has no support. I also heard something about Apple wanting to sue MacAfee for ripping them off with this software.

The other problem i found was Virex 7.2 never fully scans the drive no matter how many os X versions I have tryed it on there is still the same problem. It seems to hang and just stop half way through the scan. do not spend your money on this software. If it were worth anything Apple would be supporting it. and until you see it in a Keynote anounceing it's been fixed or on the Apple web page stay away from it.

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Version 7.6
Anonymous Member Icon

"Apple tells you they no longer support it and MacAfee will tell you that they sold it to Apple"

:-) send this to a rumor-site!!!!

Anonymous Member IconReview

From MacFixit.com, today, June 20, 2005:

It appears that Apple will not provide support for the newly released Virex 7.6, after years of offering the virus protection software as a benefit of .Mac membership.

In addition, download links to Virex 7.5.1 have been removed from the .Mac website, likewise Virex 7.5.1 no longer shows in your iDisk software folder.

Reader Steve Prindle writes:

"According to Apple tech support, Virex compatibility issues with OS 10.4 motivated this turn of events.

"On the MacAfee website, Virex 7.6 is available for $201.05 plus $81.00 for an additional year of support. This is for five seats, the minimum quantity you can buy.

"A .Mac search on Virex yields this information:

"Updating Virex - If you're using Mac OS X version 10.3 or earlier and were a .Mac member who downloaded the Virex application before May 2005, you can continue to receive updates to virus definitions through May 2006. To receive automatic updates, make sure you're using Virex 7.2 or later and that your Internet preferences are set to access .Mac. "

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Version 7.6
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Downloads 48,571
Version Downloads 6,521
Type Utilities / Virus
License Demo
Date 05 Jun 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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