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Mac Recommended Software


While Macs provide many integrated security measures and are generally less prone to infections, they are not immune to them.  iAntiVirus looks to prevent any infections that slip past the default protection and patching Apple provides to its products.

PC Tools iAntiVirus provides real-time protection and comprehensive system scanning to ensure your Mac remains safe and virus free.  The iAntiVirus database has been designed from the ground up to detect and remove Mac specific threats. This enables a high level of protection whilst keeping memory footprint and resource usage at a minimum. The iAntiVirus™ database is not cluttered with signatures for Windows specific threats which your Mac is immune against.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is recommended on campus as an alternative to Safari.  While still providing security, Mozilla enhances a users browsing with more compatibility and customization options.

Firefox is a free, open-source web browser for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.  With enhanced browsing options, security, and compatibility, Mozilla Firefox is a must for any office computer.

Libra Office

LibreOffice is a great alternative for those unable to purchase the Microsoft Office Suite on Mac, iWorks Suite, or are unhappy with their current word processing software.  Not only is it free, but provides many of the same tools.

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.


Onyx is a very efficient product for clearing up space on ones Mac.  Through basic use of a computer, many temporary files are stored on the computer.  While this in many cases increases performance, it also can take a great amount of hard drive space.  Onyx seeks to remove the unused files and also provide a number of Mac maintenance tools in one location.  While it provides no antivirus measures, it helps to improve overall computer performance.

OnyX is a multifunction utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to verify the Startup Disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome and more.

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