I have used Prosoft Engineeting’s Drive Genius utility app for many years. It is an excellent app for tech supporting Mac computers. They just recently updated the app to the 5.0 version. Of course, I updated it. For what I do with Macs, it is a no brainer. But, there is something new in the 5.0 version.
Drive Genius Malware
Drive Genius (hereinafter referred to as DG) performs all kinds of maintenance on your Mac computer. The various modules in the 5.0 version have been updated in various ways so they perform better. Par for the course for an updated app. However, Prosoft has added a Malware detection module in this update:
At first I thought they were just sweetening the pot a little. I didn’t think much of it. After all, I run VirusBarrier and I occasionally run Malwarebytes on my machine to keep it free of bad stuff. Just on kind of a whim, I decided to try the Malware function in DG.
I ran it on my 1TB main Mac hard drive. It took quite a while to run so I just let it go in the background. To my surprise it found a bunch of bad stuff!!
If you look in the bottom right corner of the above window you will see “Move infected files to the Trash.” It did not actually do that until I clicked onto another hard drive in the sidebar. The files were in the Trash as stated so I just emptied the Trash.
Even though I use other apps to scan my machine, the DG Malware function found some Malware and Trojans on my Mac. This is not just an add-on module to justify an upgrade price, it is really good. I am totally impressed.
When DG completes the Malware scan it even sends you an email to that effect:
That is a very nice touch. For a hard drive of any size the scan does take a few hours so the email notification is helpful.
If you are looking for an all-in-one utility app for the Mac you cannot go wrong with Drive Genius. It is a little pricey at $99, but once you own it the upgrades are usually $49, not too bad really. It might even be worth it to get the app just for the Malware scan alone.