Does Snow Leopard Have Built In Antivirus?

Seeing as I don’t have a copy of Snow Leopard to confirm this, this is only a rumor at this point as far as I am concerned. But it’s worth posting IMHO. Mac antivirus company Intego posted on their blog that Snow Leopard apparently comes with some sort of antivirus application built into the operating system:

We’re not sure yet exactly how this works, but the above screen shot [click the link to the original post to see it] shows this feature working with a download made via Safari, detecting a version of the RSPlug Trojan horse in a downloaded disk image.

Interesting. I guess that Apple takes the threat of viruses seriously, and I applaud them for taking this step (If that’s what they’ve done. Remember, I’m filing this under rumor at the moment). Why? It’s better to get a head start on dealing with these threats now rather than to panic and react badly the way Microsoft has. If the Mac continues to gain marketshare, virus writers are going to start targeting the Mac. Guaranteed.

It would be nice if Apple would confirm this even if to just say that it exists. So how about it Apple?

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