SecureMac.com has released the first beta version of MacScan to the public. MacScan is a security utility designed for detecting spyware applications. The app detects keystroke logs, trojan horses, and remote admin apps illicitly placed on a users system. According to SecureMac.com:
SecureMac.com today announced the release of their first security application to protect the Macintosh from spyware and applications that could offer remote access when improperly configured.
MacScan will run on the classic Mac OS and also under Mac OS X to detect and protect against illicit programs allowing someone to monitor or spy on your computer activity.
Spyware programs are NOT viruses; many of the programs MacScan detects and protects against are overlooked by popular scanning applications.
When MacScan finds any keystroke logs, loggers, or remote administration applications (commonly leading to remote access or a backdoor to the computer) it will extract known information from the applications allowing for the administrator to isolate how long the devices have been installed, and make it possible to trace how the program was installed and who the intruder or vandal may be.
You can find more information about the beta version of MacScan at the Securemac,com Web site. MacScan is currently available as freeware while in the beta testing period.