Top 5 Best Mac Antivirus Software 2018

by Julie Splinters - -

If you think that your Mac does not require an antivirus product, you are wrong. Macs are also being targeted by various types of cyber attacks, including viruses and malware, phishing attempts, ransomware, hacking, and other cyber threats. So a reliable and trustworthy antivirus and Internet security software for your Mac is a must. In order to choose a right product, users have to dig a bit deeper about some of its features, detection rates, performance, and usability. This article will provide you with short reviews and features of Top 5 Best antivirus products for Macs. 

Top 5 best mac security

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac[1] provides excellent malware detection and removal rates and does not have a negative impact on a system. It is a great security suite full of useful security and privacy features and is able to protect the entire family. 

Kaspersky security for mac

Antivirus protection

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac uses traditional signature-based scanning and behavioral-pattern recognition. According to AV-TEST Kaspersky has an excellent detection and removal rates. 

Additional features

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac includes many additional features, such as Safe Money secure browser and a virtual keyboard that protects users while they are shopping online, monitors and protects children’ screen time with its parental controls, provides simplified security management, webcam blockers, and some other useful security and privacy functions. 

System-performance impact and scans

The security suite does not drain a system while working in the background or during scans. Kaspersky’s has relatively slow scans. 

User interface

The interface can be a little bit confusing and some users could find it difficult to operate. Although, it looks modern and attractive. 

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Excellent
Additional features  A decent set of extra security and privacy features
System-performance impact Low
Scanning performance Slow scans without a negative impact on a system
User interface Some users might find it a bit complicated

Avast Free Mac Security

Avast uses next-gen technologies in order to provide users with the best protection possible. Avast Free Mac Security[2] provides very good malware detection and removal rates with nearly no impact in the background. In addition, Avast offers users useful extra features even in its free version, so it is great for those, who are not willing to spend money for antivirus software. 

Avast free security for mac

Antivirus protection

Just like other security packages, Avast Free Mac Security uses a traditional signature-based detection and monitors system and network connections. In addition, it also detects and stops Windows malware on Macs, to stop them spreading. 

According to German independent lab AV-TEST, Avast Free Mac Security does a very decent job and stopped 99.17% of Mac malware samples. 

Additional features 

Avast Free Mac Security comes with Online Security browser extension that notifies users about dangerous and malicious sites. The software also blocks social network-based tracking, scans activities on a hard drive, web browsers, monitors POP3 and IMAP email addresses. However, the free version does not have many additional features such as firewalls or webcam blockers. If you want more features, you will have to purchase the full version of the security software. 

System-performance impact and scans

Avast allows users both on-demand and scheduled scans, it also scans router and unopened archive files. The full scan took about 17 minutes, which is lower than average. Avast’s scans do not have a noticeable performance hit, and only slow down the system by 10.6%. In comparison, Kaspersky had 6.34% which is the best in the market, while Norton has the largest impact – about 28%. It also has almost none impact on a system while working in the background.

User interface

Avast has a very informative user interface which is also very easy to navigate. 

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Very good
Additional features Free package does not include many features but covers the essentials
System-performance impact Low
Scanning performance Quick scans with a mediocre impact on a system
User interface Informative and simple

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac[3] has a perfect antivirus protection and protects users against ransomware. However, it has one of the highest passive system impacts, compared to its competitors. 

Bitdefender antivirus for mac

Antivirus protection

Bitdefender offers users excellent malware protection. According to AV-TEST, the antivirus engine detected 100% of all malware samples without any false positives. 

Additional features 

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is capable to protect your entire family. It has decent parental controls, ransomware protection, TrafficLight browsers extension and more. 

System-performance impact and scans

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac has a relative high system-performance impact. Scans are quick and smooth, but they slow down the computer by almost 8%. 

User Interface

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac has a very pleasant and easy to use interface. Every feature can be accessed from the main window. 

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Excellent
Additional features A decent set of extra security and privacy features
System-performance impact High
Scanning performance Quick scans with a negative impact on a system
User interface Easy to use and modern 

 

Norton Security Deluxe for Mac

Norton Security Deluxe for Mac[4] provides excellent antivirus protection. However, it is relatively expensive compared to other products in the market and has noticeable system impact. 

Norton antivirus for mac

Antivirus protection

Norton Security Deluxe for Mac offers flawless malware protection by its on-demand and scheduled scans. According to German testing lab AV-TEST, Norton has a perfect detection and removal rates and removed 100% of the malware samples. 

Features

Norton Security Deluxe for Mac includes a firewall, safe web browser extensions, application-blocking setting and some more features. However, compared to other antivirus systems, it does not offer any special features, but the price of Norton Security Deluxe is higher than most of the other products. 

System-performance impact and scans

Norton has a mediocre impact on a system both, during scans and working in a background. Norton full scan took almost six minutes. Only Bitdefender offers quicker scans. 

User interface

Norton Security Deluxe for Mac has a very informative user interface, which could be complex to use. 

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Excellent
Additional features The package does not include many features but covers the essentials
System-performance impact Medium
Scanning performance Quick scans with a mediocre impact on a system
User interface A little bit complex

Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition

Sophos Antivirus for Mac[5] is a good choice for those who want to protect their entire family but do not want to spend any money. It is a free and reliable application that has a low impact on system performances, has many additional features, and convenient interface. However, it has only mediocre antivirus protection. Sophos Antivirus for Mac home edition comes in a single bundle not only for Macs but for Windows PCs. 

sophos home antivirus for mac

Antivirus protection

The application was tested by AV-TEST and demonstrated decent protection. However, the results are worse than its competitors. 

Additional features

Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition offers many security features, including remote management, parental web filtering, real-time antivirus and web protection. 

System-performance impact and scans 

Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition has a relatively low impact on a system, especially while working in the background. However, the scan took longer than the market average – 40 minutes. 

User Interface

Sophos’ has a very simple user interface, which is bright and easy to navigate. 

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Could be better
Additional features  Many extra features even in the free version
System-performance impact Low
Scanning performance Scans are longer than an average and have a light impact on a system
User interface Simple and easy to use

To summarize

Antivirus and security software for your Mac is a must if you want to avoid cyber threats and feel safe while browsing. So choose the right protection for you. Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac would be a first editor’s choice among paid security software, while Avast provides the best free protection for your Mac.

About the author

Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - VPN service analyst

Julie Splinters is a VPN service analyst at Reviewedbypro.com, who specializes in VPN services and anti-spyware applications. Her major of English Philology and her passion for IT helped her choose the path of an IT writer.

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