Is there built-in Antivirus software in Snow Leopard?

Wed, Aug 26, 2009


The Intego blog is reportingthat Snow Leopard appears to contain some sort of built-in antivirus protection.  Check out the screenshot below which popped up when a user tried to open up a .dmg file infected with a DNS changer trojan horse.

ZDNet speculates on the matter:

It is not yet clear how Apple is handling the package scans for signs of malicious software.

I have confirmed that Apple is notusing the open-source ClamAV engine to handle these scans so it’s likely the company has entered into an agreement with a commercial anti-virus company.

On that note, some are suggesting that Apple “licensed Symantec’s virus scanning engine” or that it may have even developed its own.

Related: Apple hires noted security expert


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