Windows users are almost spoilt for choice when looking for antivirus but there are far fewer apps available for anyone running a Mac. This is something that security firm Symantec aims to address with the release of the suitably named iAntivirus. Unlike most Windows-based antivirus tools, this is an on-demand only security tool which means that there is no way to schedule scans, and while this does not sound like things are getting off to the best start, there is still hope.
The app can be used in a couple of ways. The first option is to point the software at your Home folder to check for the presence of malware, but you can also drag and drop files onto the app window to perform a quick scan of something you have downloaded. Of course you can also perform a full system scan. Any suspicious files that are detected are moved into quarantine where you can decide whether they should be deleted, repaired or restored.
An interesting touch is the option to scan your Facebook wall for links to malicious web sites. It is a shame that this sort of online protection could not have been extended further because in this limited form it feels somewhat tacked on for the sake of adding another feature. The way updates to the app are released through the App Store means that it would be all too easy to miss important definition updates, but Symantec has to work with the system that is in place.
While there is a decent level of protection on offer here, there are a number of areas in which the application is found wanting. A key complaint in the fact that iAntivirus is nothing more than an on-demand virus scanner. This means that there is no option to schedule scans to be performed on a regular basis, so it is important to keep this in mind when using the app, particularly if you are more used to using other security software that takes care of everything for you automatically.