AVG Technologies, developers of some of the world’s most popular and free anti-virus software for Windows, today announced an offering for Mac lovers. AVG LinkScanner for Mac is a free AVG product designed for the Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard operating systems. It supports the Safari 3.x, Safari 4.x and Safari 5.x internet browsers as well as Mozilla Firefox 3.x and higher.
AVG LinkScanner for Mac essentially works like the company’s LinkScanner for Windows, which is also free and has more than 95 million users. According to AVG, the new offering ensures users not only that it’s safe to visit a particular page, but also that it’s safe to enter personal and private information on that page. LinkScanner makes this claim based on AVG’s practice of continuously updating threat information gathered by its research team and user community, and checking each web page a user visits in real-time prior to opening it. If LinkScanner detects threats, it issues a warning that users should not open the page.
“Mac users have traditionally been less vulnerable to virus threats and attacks because of their lower market share,” said J.R. Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies, “But that is quickly changing and no operating system is immune.”
LinkScanner for Mac can be downloaded from the AVG Download web page free of charge, or at www.download.com.