While Windows PCs are frequently in the news for attracting the most nasty malware, Mac computers aren’t immune to digital nastiness. We’ve evaluated and tested the best antivirus protection available for mac to help keep your Apple computer safe.
Our top choices have near-perfect malware detection rates and are packed with essential security features such as ransomware protections, phishing defenses camera and microphone guards and many more. They are also light on system resources, and offer superior performance. Some, such as McAfee or Trend Micro were rated top of the line in independent laboratory tests.
Apple’s own security tool, Gatekeeper, is pretty effective in thwarting the majority of malware, however it can be fooled by clever attacks that are designed to exploit flaws that are not present in the Mac OS itself but in third-party software running on top of it. This is where standalone antivirus scanners are able to help.
Comodo offers a free anti-virus application with a simple interface. It scans any file that your system accessed quickly, with scans that can be completed within minutes, and a complete system scan lasting up to an hour or two. You can program the scans to run on convenient time slots, so that your Mac doesn’t get bogged-down.
Since 2006, Malwarebytes has eliminated all Windows threats. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Mac version is also effective. Its installation is only the size of three digital music files which makes it a small software to add to your system. It doesn’t provide real-time security, so it can’t stop an attack before it happens. However, a thorough analysis of your system takes a couple of hours, and the minimal design ensures that it doesn’t interfere with other programs.