Intego: Beware bogus ‘MacGuard’ security software scam

“There’s a new trend out there designed to scam computer users: web sites that sell bogus software. Not only does the software not do what it claims to do, but the companies that sell this ‘software’ get a hold of your credit card and can do even more damage to your bank account,” Intego, a company specializing ine Macintosh security, reports via the company’s blog.

Intego has spotted one such company, claiming to sell Macintosh antivirus software. MacGuard claims the following:

Macguard’s high-tech system scanner will search your hard drive for malicious objects such as Adware, Spyware and Trojans, cleaning your files, eliminating the threats, and securing your privacy in just a matter of minutes. Its Real Time smart protection will also ensure new threats will not even reach your desktop.

Intego reports, “But what’s interesting is that Winiguard claims exactly the same thing. Not only is that claim the same, but every word on the two websites is identical.”

“One way you can spot a fake is that when you click what is supposedly the product’s download link, nothing downloads. So you can see that there’s no software behind the web site. (On the Winiguard site, something does indeed download.) If you are gullible enough to purchase this software from a company you have never heard of, who has no references, and whose web site is vague and imprecise, it is likely that you will find additional charges on your credit card,” Intego reports. “ArsTechnica reports that more than 30 million people have been scammed by such software.”

Intego advises, “We all know that security is a serious risk when using a computer, and especially the Internet, but one should not blindly trust a web site just because it claims that its software will do something.”

Full article here.

[Attribution: TUAW. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]


  1. Sometimes I like to surf to sites that are known Winblows malware sites just to sit back and laugh (smugly, of course) while nothing happens.

    Ahhhh….it’s the simple joys in life.

  2. Don’t think Macs are safe these days. There is cross site scripting that got me. I was on Zyxel’s site and used their search area to look at some UTM products. Then my Intego Virusbarrier came up that their was a Unix arc bomb trojan trying to download on my system. I repaired it. I then emailed Zyxel’s webmaster with my logs and they shut their site down for 2.5 days. What does that tell you. They found something! And Mac ‘s are vulnerable. I was using Firefox 3 with “noscripts” but had it set to “allow” on Zyxels site.If I did not activate allow I may have missed that trojan download driveby.

  3. I run both Intego and iAntivirus. They both run nice with each other. No real performance hit I can see having two AV running. I want both since I delve into some obscure internet security sites that I want both Java and Flash disabled and AV/Malware protection running.

  4. @Macintosher

    How can you tell if you are NOT owned right now?

    You can’t, you have nothing to tell you so. Even though 20% of all malware and viruses are being undetected by all of the worlds AV venders. Have something to find 80-90% of what’s out there is logically smart. Even if you own a Mac.

    iAntivirus is an advanced AV/malware program. It won’t be free forever. It would be smart to load iAntivirus and ClamXav if you don’t want to pay money. ClamXav can be idle and not running and scanned when you want. Both can, but ClamXav is just a double check for me. It is not that advanced and scans for Windows and Unix based viruses, but I question how good it is with malware.

    Here is a link to what iAntivirus looks for. The page you are linked to will be in the “a’s” move to the “b” and so on.


  5. MDN… there is a false lead in your widget that has a title “Windows Viruses, Malware tops one million mark: Macintosh Unaffected”

    When I click on that link it takes me to a page with this article on it, with no comment section.

  6. I wouldn’t pay for anti virus software in Windows, why would I pay for it on the Mac? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”gulp” style=”border:0;” />

  7. QUOTE: I wouldn’t pay for anti virus software in Windows, why would I pay for it on the Mac? ENDQUOTE.

    LOL. Anti virus software is a necessary evil for windows, but it has to be the right software otherwise your just wasting your money. Anything that is Microsoft endorsed, ie: Symantec aka Norton, McAfee are about as much use as a fart in a blanket.

    As for the Mac. Intego has been crying wolf now for a few years in an attempt to persuade mac users to use their software. It’s strange that certain companies will stop at nothing to ensure they get a huge percentage of the market. INTEGO talk BULL. It is very easy for any company to script a false trojan to hook into your system to make you think its the real deal. Several malware companies are already doing this on a grand scale on the windows platform. Its to make you buy this crap software. BEWARE of SHISTERS… they are everywhere

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