Can Snow Leopard’s Anti-Malware System Only Protect Mac Users From Two Trojans?

Since the release of Snow Leopard a few days ago it has become common knowledge that the latest version of Mac OSX ships with some sort of anti-malware / antivirus functionality.

But will it protect Mac users from all the potential threats that are slowly gathering in the wild?


Possibly not would seem to be the answer.

In fact, it doesn’t even seem equipped to deal with OSX_JAHLAV.K, a Trojan that some fake download websites are serving up in the place of Snow Leopard itself.

From what I have been reading (someone please correct me if I’m wrong) the new anti-malware feature doesn’t even so much as scan the Downloads folder.

Instead, it only appears to watch out for OSX.RSPlug and OSX.Iservice and not too much else besides.

To my mind that makes it seem like this feature in Snow Leopard was just an afterthought.

What do you think?

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