Mac computers aren’t immune to digital filth. While Windows PCs are usually the target of media attention for attracting the most harmful malware, Macs are not immune to the threat either. This is why we’ve tested and reviewed the most effective antivirus protection for mac available to keep your Apple computer secure.
Our top choices have close to perfect malware detection rates and come with essential security features, such as security against ransomware, phishing protections cameras and microphones and more. They also provide a gentle pressure on system resources, and provide excellent performance. Some, like McAfee or Trend Micro were rated the best by independent lab tests.
Apple’s own security tool, Gatekeeper, is pretty efficient in securing against malware, but it can be tricked by clever hacks designed to exploit flaws not in the Mac OS itself but in third-party software that runs on top of it. This is where standalone virus scanners come in.
Comodo is a free antivirus software with an easy interface. It can scan any file your system accessed in a quick manner, with scans completing within minutes, and a complete system scan taking an hour or two. You can program these scans to run on convenient times so that your Mac does not become clogged up.
Malwarebytes has been eliminating the entire range of Windows threats since 2006, and it’s no surprise that its Mac version is also effective against them too. The installation is comprised of just three digital music files. This makes it a light and easy to install on any system. It doesn’t provide real-time protection, so it’s not able prevent an attack from occurring as it occurs. However, a thorough scan of your system only takes a few hours, and the minimalist design ensures that it doesn’t interfere with other programs.