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    Temporary Antivirus Solution For Mac
    Hi,
    I got a USB disc from one of my professors, which is infected by a virus.
    The virus and a software he used to protect his USB disc contents made the whole disk content invisible to him, to everyone who doesn't use Linux.
    My Mac also couldn't see the contents.

    But I thought Android is a Linux based OS and tried the USB disc on my phone. I am able to see the contents now (Deleted the application folder, renamed the content folders etc.)

    Now I know the files have the virus. I can't risk any other Windows computer just to get the files.

    So, I wonder if any of the Mac antivirus software (preferably free, of course) can detect Windows specific viruses and other kinds of malware.

    Thanks in advance, because I have always got at least one useful answer so far

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    Sorry for asking it too early: 12 Antivirus Apps for the Mac | PCMag.com
    My search keywords returned only security section of Mac and Windows comparisons

    Anyway, I'd normally say please delete this one but maybe another person needs to know the same thing in the future. There are some Mac antivirus softwares which can also detect Windows malware.

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    Well as Mac AV software only uses Windows data bases, they should all be able to detect Windows viruses.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Well as Mac AV software only uses Windows data bases, they should all be able to detect Windows viruses.
    Their databases may be sensational but they certainly do scan for Mac malware.
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