I have to agree with the company Avast! for their reasoning for releasing such a product. They’ve had a Mac version for some time now but as they recognize, Mac users aren’t as safe as they are led to believe. I, myself have read some horrific stories in just the past few weeks how users of Macs are getting their systems infected with malware or hi-jacked to spy on people in the shower as noted in these stories: Updated rogue AV installs on Macs without password – Mac tech jailed for hacking webcams to spy on women
In my opinion, this primrose path of Mac users thinking that their machines are “safe from all harm”, has been walked too far for too long as it is.
As said by Ondrej Vlcek, CTO of AVAST Software:
“It’s time for Mac users to start thinking about an antivirus app and this beta shows what they will need for their protection. The Mac has long had a ‘cloak of invulnerability’ because its small market share made it a fringe target for malware. As Mac sales surge it is becoming a natural target for malware such as the Pinhead and Boonana Trojans or the MacDefender fake antivirus.”
Here’s a screenshot of the easy to use interface: