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You’ve probably heard people say “Macs don’t need antivirus software”. Well, we’re here to tell you they do. Macs are susceptible to viruses just like PCs are. See the “Do Macs need antivirus” section below to find out more. Before that, check out our list of the Best Mac Antivirus packages and read on further to find out why you need to install security software on your Mac right now.

Quick list: 6 best Mac antivirus packages

In a rush? Below are the six best Mac antivirus packages listed in this article. Scroll down further to find out more about each Mac antivirus.

  1. Bitdefender for Mac
  2. ESET for Mac
  3. eScan for Mac
  4. Kaspersky for Mac
  5. Norton for Mac
  6. Intego Mac Premium Bundle

6 best antivirus for Mac 2017

Best antivirus for Mac: 1. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Bitdefender remains the undisputed leader of the pack in terms of Mac security. In AV-Test’s lab Bitdefender detected and protected against literally every piece of malware thrown at it. And it had no recognisable negative impact on performance.

Bitdefender costs from £39 for a one-year licence for a single Mac.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Click here to find out more about Bitdefender for Mac

Best antivirus for Mac: 2. ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac

ESET is another excellent Mac antivirus, offering exactly the same perfect protection as did Bitdefender in AV-Test’s lab. It also causes very little grief to Mac performance but loses out of Bitdefender on the basis of a tiny amount of system impact.

ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac costs from £39 a year for a single Mac.

ESET Cyber Security Pro

ESET Cyber Security Pro

Click here to find out more about ESET for Mac

Best antivirus for Mac: 3. eScan Anti-Virus Security for Mac

Cheaper than both ESET and Bitdefender is ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac. This program offers perfect protection, as do those other Mac antivirus packages. So what is the catch? Sadly, eScan takes quite a hit on your Mac’s performance. Or at least that is what AV-Test’s report suggests.

If you can stand that system impact, ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac costs only £23 for a one-year licence for one Mac.

eScan Anti-Virus Security for Mac

eScan Anti-Virus Security for Mac

Click here to find out more about eScan for Mac

Best antivirus for Mac: 4. Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac

Kaspersky ‘failed’ to hit a perfect protection score in AV-Test’s lab, picking up a mere 99.17 percent of the net nasties chucked its way. And although it had more of an impact on system performance than either Bitdefender or ESET, this excellent Mac antivirus has nothing like the impact of eScan, according to the AV-Test lab results.

You can pick up a one-year, single-user licence of Kaspersky for Mac for £39.

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac

Click here to find out more about Kaspersky for Mac

Best antivirus for Mac: 5. Symantec Norton Security for Mac

Security giant Symantec will likely be unhappy that Norton ranks only fifth in AV-Test’s run-down of the best Mac antivirus programs, but it is a really close-run thing. Norton picked up 99.17 percent of the filth AV-Test threw at it, which is by any stretch a good result. Its system impact was about the same as Kaspersky’s – a little more impact on some elements, less on others. Let’s call it joint fourth.

A two-year, one-device licence of Symantec Norton Security for Mac costs £39.

Symantec Norton Security for Mac

Symantec Norton Security for Mac

Click here to find out more about Norton for Mac

Best antivirus for Mac: 6. Mac Premium Bundle X9

It is not cheap, and according to some independent tests doesn’t offer the very best security against known or zero-day threats, but the £69.99 Intego offers an unsurpassed feature set.

Antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware are a given, as is firewall network protection even outside your home. You may appreciate the parental controls with website and application blocking, and there are also backup and Mac speed up functions.

Intego Mac Premium Bundle

Intego Mac Premium Bundle

Click here to find out more about Intego Mac Premium Bundle

Now let’s look at the best Mac security freebies.

Best antivirus for Mac: Do Macs need antivirus?

Simply, yes. Many people will tell you the opposite, of course. And it is true that the threat is much less urgent if you are a Mac user than those Windows-using clowns. But if you have a Mac you care about, and it is connected to the web, you ought to install security software.

Macs are less vulnerable than are Windows PCs and laptops for two reasons. Firstly, there are fewer Macs. All cybercrime is based on plucking low-hanging fruit, so the much larger group of Windows users in the world is a much bigger target. That may change, however, as the Apple user base grows. Lest we forget, Macs are expensive so Apple users are a lucrative target.

Which brings us to the other point: Macs are harder to attack than are Windows PCs. That’s because the Mac OS (previously OS X) is a UNIX operating system, built in the dim-and-distant past on a UNIX derivative. This means that it is sandboxed. Unlike a Windows PC or laptop, if a crook infects a Mac in one area, they can’t get it all. Not easily, anyway.

This makes Macs less attractive to hackers. But that is a long way from making them invulnerable. So if you value your computer and the information on it, get yourself some security software. These are the best.

We base our ranking on the most recent AV-Test group review of Mac antivirus products, as well as price and ease of use. The tests look at efficacy in terms of detecting and destroying known and unknown web threats, and the impact each program has on system performance. We’ve split the best Mac antivirus products into those you pay for and free Mac antivirus. In general, the best free products offer high levels of protection but tend to have a greater negative impact on system performance when compared to their paid brethren.

Windows users should read our piece: Best antivirus for PC | Best antivirus for laptop | Best security software for Windows.

By | 2017-06-06T22:19:47+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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  4. steven September 18, 2016 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Just an FYI… OS X was never built on a Linux kernel. It is based on a Unix derivative called BSD. Not Linux.

    • Techtop100 September 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      A fair point! Lazy shorthand on our part.

  5. CTG September 24, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Why do you feel the need to call Windows users a derogative name like “clowns”? What makes you and your opinions so great? Many respectable and educated people would disagree with your sentiment.

    • Mead DogMan February 14, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks CTG!

    • Farr March 31, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Your are “Dead Right”!
      Unfortunately, “SOME” of the Apple users and employees think that because of the socalled “Apple’s Tag” they are better than
      the PC user.

      In our case, we have both Windows and Mac computers at home, but I LOVE my Windows PCs the most!
      The same is true for our phones– we have both Android an iPhoneI. But again, I love my Android phones.
      And I especially Very Much Dislike Apple’s “ARROGANT” Attitude, and “MUCH OVER PRICED” Products.

      Unfortunately, as a company and as whole Apple guys very wrongly think that they are like some kind of Gods from
      some Olympuses!!! A penny for their thoughts!!!

      But anyway, they are now losing a LOT of Market Share to Microsoft and it is now the time for a “Culture Shift” for them!

  6. DiskAnalyzerPro September 27, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

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  7. Daze Off October 1, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I’ve had NORTON on all Win7 machines and all 4 Mac’s and have tried ‘others’. The SERVICE from Norton is brilliant, if I couldn’t do it – the technicians came on board and fixed it. Nothing but praise. 70+ bugs found over the years.

  8. Glenn October 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    I have used ClamXav for years. Any hope of a review?

  9. Marcelo October 26, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    What about Webroot Secure ? How effective % it is ?
    Do you have a compare table with all the items considered in this research ?

  10. Michael October 30, 2016 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Avoid sophos like the plague, it takes for ever to do a “full” scan and then hangs without completing it. Avira has some kind of bug that disables real time protection on boot up. Draw your own conclusions.

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  25. Jay U2 February 24, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I’ve owned a Mac since Beige G3 days and I’ve been an apple certified tech for almost 15 years, I can count on one hand how many times i’ve seen a virus on a Mac and that was back in OS 9 mayyyybe early OS 10 hahahah I love how NOW a Mac is more prone to attacks. BS! Just don’t open things you shouldn’t or navigate to porn sites and you’ll be fine without virus software. Malware scanning YES do that regularly.

    • Jay U2 February 24, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      and I have never gotten a virus on any Mac I’ve owned ever. lol

  26. Rana Jayant March 30, 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Thannks for the list man,i really wonder if i have to buy one, people tell mac is unhackable? What do you say techtop?

    • Techtop100 April 28, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

      I would say you should. But it is a matter of judgment.

  27. Marcel April 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    I’m using Endurance Antivirus for my mac and my vmware virtual machines. It finds and disinfects mostly windows trojans but helped me clean some emails with Mac adware. It was $9.99 with lifeltime updates. Money well spent. They have a free version also.

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