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Jan 22

MacScan
The premier Anti-Spyware program for Mac.
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Protect your security and privacy with MacScan, the premier Anti-Spyware program for Mac OS X. Detect, isolate, and remove spyware as well as clean up Internet clutter. With MacScan’s Blacklisted Cookie Scan you can remove blacklisted tracking cookies without losing all your saved usernames and passwords. Keep up to date with the latest Spyware definition updates!

Since early 2002, SecureMac has been developing it’s proprietary anti-spyware application, MacScan. January 2006 saw the release of MacSan for OS X at MacWorld San Francisco.

With MacScan’s Blacklisted Cookie Scan you can remove blacklisted tracking cookies without losing all your saved usernames and passwords. Keep up to date with the latest Spyware definition updates! MacScan searches down these hidden menaces and locks down your computer. MacScan gives you the peace of mind and security needed to conduct your day-to-day personal business. MacScan, your own 24/7 personal security guard…in today’s open web society… can you afford to be without MacScan?


One of the MacScan crew at Macworld ’09.

This year, CNN Money picked MacScan as one of its “6 hot Macworld apps for business,” saying that MacScan is a tool “no Apple-loving small business should be without.” Read the news here…

Tried, tested and true – MacScan is the only intuitive program available that protects your Macintosh against spyware. Our goal for MacScan is to answer all the needs of Mac users out there ensuring them security from these high risk programs.

“MacScan is an outstanding addition to your OS X Security Suite. Mac users need to avoid being lulled into a false sense of security and realize that the Spyware threat applies to OS X as well. It is an excellent tool to help you combat that threat.”

Chris ‘Roamer’ Hurley
Co-Author OS X For Hackers at Heart

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“Spyware on my Mac?” A ZOT Interview with MacScan.

Why did you develop MacScan?

MacScan was initially created as we saw a void in the Macintosh security market for programs that focused on user privacy and security. By offering a detection program for spyware such as keystroke loggers, trojan horses, dialer applications and backdoors, we here at SecureMac work hard to ensure users stay protected against the latest threats to their Macs.

Does Spyware/Malware Exist for the Mac?
The truth is that Macs running OS X are susceptible to spyware and malware, just like any operating system is. Spyware is any piece of software that can spy on the user, despite if it gets into the system automatically, or if it is manually installed. MacScan exists to address spyware, malware, and privacy concerns on the Mac, and it was first developed back when there was a rise in spyware being created for OS X so as to be a proactive approach to security as well as a utility to help users remove the spyware infecting their systems.

The DNSChanger Trojan Horse has been the most widely reported piece of spyware for the Macintosh; once installed on a system, the user’s DNS servers are set to malicious servers sending all data through them. Web traffic being returned to the user are infested with ads injected in the webpages requested.

Does all Spyware for the Mac require administrative passwords?
No, just like any piece of software, the installation can be installed at the user level without the need for authentication or administrative permissions. Advanced spyware programs can take advantage of security holes to gain higher access or even wait until the user authenticates for another task and elevate its own permissions.

What types of spyware are most common on the Macintosh?
The single most common piece of spyware to affect OS X is the DNSChanger Trojan Horse, followed closely by keystroke logging programs, which can record everything you type on your computer, from websites you visit, to credit card numbers, or passwords for your business. Other trojan horses are also prevalent. Other forms of spyware include dialer applications that can use your phone line to dial long-distance numbers, commercial spyware sold by companies for businesses or households to spy on their users, and remote administration programs used maliciously.

How is MacScan unique from other Mac security apps?

MacScan has two very unique features to it. The first is the quick and simple malware detection for the Macintosh. The second is the ability to scan and remove Blacklisted Tracking Cookies without deleting all of the cookies stored on the computer, thus losing saved usernames or passwords. Both the spyware definition file and the tracking cookie blacklist file are updated frequently and are free.

As MacScan has evolved over the years its privacy features have grown as well. The internet clutter cleanup feature supports all major web browsers for fast cleaning of web files and surfing history.

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21 Responses to “MacScan”

  1. kodac Says:

    Again, another Macworld favorite. It seems to work as advertised. I say seems because it didn’t find anything for me. If you got one of the yellow Nikon bags on the show floor, then you don’t have to download a trial you’ve already got a copy. This ZOT really beats their Show Floor pricing.

  2. synthman Says:

    I’m with kodac. I’ve had this for almost two years, and I *think* it’s good… since it’s never found anything it’s hard to tell. But I did run it thru the test with the infected file (it’s on the website) and *that* worked. Maybe I’ll buy another copy now for the desktop… it’s a good price.

    Geez, I just re-read the above. Do I sound like a moron? At the very least, I’m certainly conflicted about this product. I’m conflicted about other prophylactics as well…

  3. Ken Burns Effect Says:

    ClamXAV is free!

    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/15850/clamxav

  4. Ove Says:

    I purchased MacScan when it was here on macZOT! two years ago. I was puzzled by its activity level, requiring continuous updates and repeated scans, yet it never found anything, except some quite harmless cookies. Little Snitch told me MacScan communicated heavily with the outside world, for what reason or purpose I never found out.

    I slowly came to regard MacScan as some kind of badware/malware/spyware in itself, and I thrashed it together with all files I could find that it had installed. MacScan is the only program I ever regretted having paid for.

    One of the conclusions in Softpedia’s review of MacScan is: “Quite misleading, can fool people who don’t know better into paying for a program that basically does nothing.” See:

    http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/mac/MacScan-Review-53102.shtml

    MacScan received very mixed user reviews on MacUpdate:

    http://www.macupdate.com/reviews.php?id=10267

    From 5 stars down to a claim that MacScan is a scam. Similar reviews abound. So, MacZOT!: Are you certain MacScan is safe and not MacScam?

  5. Ove Says:

    Please take a look at this quite silly site:

    http://www.macosxspyware.com/

    It purports to be about “Mac OS X Spyware” in general, but it does one thing only, namely pointing to MacScan and its main site:

    http://macscan.securemac.com/

    My Whois Analyzer tells me both sites are registered to the same address in Las Vegas. This kind of covert advertising and marketing tells me a lot about MacScan.

  6. mistersquid Says:

    You may as well buy a bike for your fish.

  7. paws Says:

    Thanks Ove! I checked the links you provided, and along your posts it’s an easy decision not to even download and try this app.

  8. Ove Says:

    I also want to mention that MacScan (without notice or warning) installed the eSellerateEngine, and with it, the EWSMac.framework, on my Mac. The latter showed up in the folder “Recovered files” in my thrash with every restart. Quite annoying, until I found this discussion:

    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=2087162

    The problem of the trashed files may have been solved since then. And I don’t know if MacScan still installs eSellerateEngine, which some people regards as spyware. Look out for it, if trying MacScan.

  9. Johnny Says:

    thanks to MacZot for allowing user comments on here….and for the readers who post their comments. i have purchased (or in this case, avoided) a number of programs based on input i found here. bravisimo!!!!

  10. samadore Says:

    While I’m ambivalent about this product, I must say I find Ove’s summaries of the posts he references to be somewhat misleading themselves. He doesn’t note that the Softpedia review states MacScan is useful for deleting tracking cookies without trashing all your cookies and that it does identify other malware,etc. What they question is the utility of identifying much of what MacScan identifies as malware/spyware. It is up to the user to determine if the benefit justifies the expense. As far as the eSellerate issue goes, the referenced discussion thread is clear that this isn’t related just to MacScan and that it is in no way some nefarious plot to infect your computer – more just sloppiness on the part of eSellerate (and I agree it should be rectified).
    I completely agree with Ove as regards MacScan’s marketing ploys which I assume are the result of trying to sell a product of limited (so far) usefulness.
    I thank Ove for the references (knowledge only empowers), but I would encourage everyone to read,fully, all the links he provides before jumping to alarmist conclusions about this product.

  11. ZOT Says:

    Hi everybody,
    Our blog is here for ALL your comments.

    @Ovo – We sell products of all types on macZOT. Some people find something useful, others don’t see the value.

    My experience of the developers we work with is – They are honest, dedicated, intelligent people who do their best to provide excellent products. I have no reason to believe the MacScan team is any different, and I thank them for their willingness to be part of macZOT.

    We let our members decide for themselves the value of what we sell. And we encourage them to try the products themselves.

    Thanks!
    Mike Biskup – macZOT

  12. Robin S Says:

    I’ve had MacScan for almost two years also. It has scanned my computer once a week and routinely finds things to delete, about ten a week on average, mostly tracking cookies. If it’s not finding anything on your computers, shoot, are you sure you’re connected to the Internet? Seems like every site you visit adds a cookie.

    ClamXAV is a virus protector. MacScan is not, and it doesn’t claim to be. I know a lot of people say you don’t need any virus protection on the Mac, but this isn’t about viruses, it’s about spyware. No, I don’t know for sure that MacScan is doing all that it is suppose to do, but I know it is finding things, and I like cleaning them off my hard drive. I also don’t know if I would pay full price for MacScan, but $16.49 would appeal to me, if I didn’t already own it.

  13. Nicholas Says:

    We’d like to thank MacZot for having us again and all the supporters of our program both new and old. It has been our privilege working with MacZot offering our program to the followers of this fine software distribution site.

    SecureMac has been at the forefront in the Macintosh security industry, delivering news and solutions to computer users to protect their privacy and security. MacScan has always been a proactive tool for users looking to protect their their privacy and keep their systems secure, and we are glad to see such a positive response.

    Mac users have had the luxury over the past few years living virtually threat free compared to their Windows counter-parts. But as Apple’s popularity has increased, so did the number of threats; over the last two years there has been a large increase in the amount of malware targeting Mac users. Much of the malware we see is profit-oriented, and as Apple’s growth continues there is more profit for these spyware writers to make.

    MacScan uses eSellerate for credit card processing and activation services — this is a core component to many of the Mac software titles you see every day on this site and throughout the Internet. eSellerate’s purpose is not malicious, their staff are available to answer questions, and like us, they attend MacWorld San Francisco making themselves available to everybody.

    MacScan connects to the Internet under certain occasions. The first is when you purchase MacScan from within the program (purchasing and serial number distribution), part of this process is activation. When you activate MacScan (enter your serial) it will check against the servers to see if your serial key is valid. The only other time MacScan connects to the Internet is for updates. We have given users the ability to turn on and off check for updates automatically. By default, we have it disabled. So if you’re using MacScan and haven’t received updates you can turn on the update-checking feature under Preferences. Otherwise you can manually have MacScan check for updates by clicking “Check for Updates” under the MacScan menu.

    Again, we thank you all for this opportunity to offer our product on MacZot and are available to answer your questions. Our e-mail is macsec@securemac.com .

    Nicholas

  14. A.D. Wade Says:

    As Nicholas said above: “MacScan has always been a proactive tool for users looking to protect their their privacy and keep their systems secure…” Remember the old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? It certainly comes to mind in this case.

    I D/L’d MacScan about a month ago just to see what it was and how well it functioned. I’ve not had any problems with it, and although I’ve only run it a couple of times it found 14 items, most of which were cookies, but 2 were programs!

    My time is better spent letting a program that knows what it’s doing run to find this stuff, than having to wrestle for days with an unknown problem that’s hosed up my Mac for whatever reason(s).

    Myself, I’m picking up 2 copies while it’s available at this price.

  15. Tim Parnell Says:

    Too many words on the page.

    I would just like to point out though that the Esellerate framework would be installed by any app using the Esellerate system for licensing. It’s not a harmful framework, it’s their licensing method.

  16. Ken Burns Effect Says:

    The program is unpolished and need a fair bit of added features!

    Like a timer to show how long the scan has been running, a button in the Scan Staus window to update definitions, a way to set the initial Scan Mode in the preferences, a resizable window, fine tuning the GUI and surely a bit more.

    Just what I came to think of in my first run.

    As for the functionality it seems to do what it should, no more, no less.

    Make it better and nicer and I’ll buy next time around.

  17. David Buller Says:

    Is a separate license needed for both of my computers? I searched the MacScan site but didn’t find an answer to this question. Anyone know?

  18. Ken Burns Effect Says:

    And also a log function is missing!

  19. Robin S Says:

    I have to agree with Ken Burns Effect on the features. In the 2 years I’ve been using MacScan, there has not been a single update. Definition updates, yes, plenty of them, but no application update.

  20. Nicholas Says:

    In the last two years, there have been many product updates. You can always download the new version directly from our website which is version 2.6 as of today – http://macscan.securemac.com/files/MacScanInstaller.dmg

  21. Robin S Says:

    Oops, my bad. Sorry about passing on misinformation. I do see that I bought 2.4 and my current version is 2.6, but I don’t recall ever actually seeing a notification of an application update when it opened. I do see the notifications for definition updates. Is it updating automatically, along with the definitions?

    It doesn’t seem to me that the application LOOKS any different, though, and I was trying to find the release notes to see what had been updated. Maybe it was all “under the hood,” although MacUpdate says the 2.6 release has an “improved user interface.” I didn’t notice anything had changed.

    In any case, like I said, MacScan has been cleaning things off my computer for two years now and I will continue to use it every week.