How to Scan for Bugs on a Mac Computer

By Chris Brake

Mac computers do not get infected with bugs as much as Windows computers. Since Windows systems store all the computer's software information in the same registry location, it is much easier to attack and infest Windows computers with bugs. But Mac computers are not immune to virus attacks, and it is still important to scan for bugs on a Mac computer. iAntivirus, ClamXav and MacScan are three free programs that will scan for bugs on a Mac computer.

iAntiVirus

Step 1

Download the PC Tools iAntiVirus software, a free program that scans for and removes bugs only for Mac computers (see Resources).

Step 2

Run iAntiVirus and click the "Smart Update" button to search for and download any available program updates.

Step 3

Click the "Scan My Mac" button and select a scan method. Click the "Start Scan" button to begin scanning for bugs. If any bugs are found, follow the onscreen instructions to remove the bugs.

ClamXav

Step 1

Download and run ClamXav, a free program designed to detect and remove viruses and other bugs on a Mac computer (see Resources).

Step 2

Click the "Update Virus Definitions" button to retrieve the latest program updates and virus definitions.

Step 3

Click the "Choose What To Scan" button to select and scan a directory or an entire volume on the Mac. After the scan has been completed, ClamXav will display a full report of any bugs detected.

MacScan

Step 1

Download a trial version of MacScan (see Resources). The trial software is free and fully functional for 30 days, after which you must purchase a software registration to continue using the software.

Step 2

Run MacScan and click the "Scan" button, then select a scan method. Select "Quick Scan" to scan only the home folder for the current user. Select "Full Scan" to scan the entire hard drive. Select "Custom" to select only particular items for scanning.

Step 3

Click the "Scan" button to begin scanning for bugs. After the scan has finished, a full report and detailed removal instructions will be presented if any bugs are found during the scan.