There’s plenty of antivirus software to choose from so here’s a list of the most popular ones:
1. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
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In AV-Test’s lab, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac blocked 100 percent of the threats thrown at it. Even more impressively, it had a lower than 10 percent system impact, meaning that you won’t even know it’s protecting you (but believe us, it definitely is). You can read more about Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac here.
2. ESET Antivirus for Mac
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This reasonably priced tool offers 100 percent threat detection, and scores reasonably high in speed tests. If you’d like to try before you buy, a 30-day trial is available too.
To find out more about ESET Antivirus for Mac, click here.
3. AVG for Mac
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In AV Test’s most recent research, only four of the anti-virus packages tested managed to detect 100 percent of the malware thrown at it. AVG is one of those (as are Bitdefender and ESET, numbers one and two in this chart). AVG has a bigger impact on performance than our two front-runners, though, which is why it’s down in third place.
To find out more about AVG for Mac, click here.
4. Norton Security for Mac
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Symantec’s Norton Security didn’t perform as well in AV Test’s recent tests as it did back in December, so we’ve had to bump it back from its number-two position.
It offered 99.17% detection – which is still great – but when there are three alternatives that scored 100% it makes it more difficult to recommend. It’s also not the fastest option available.
To find out more about Norton Security, click here.
Download from Kaspersky Lab
You get 99.17% percent threat detection from the antivirus, as well as anti-spyware, safer banking software and the rest. Oh, and there is a 30-day trial.
To find out more about Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac, click here.
6. Sophos Antivirus for Mac
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Sophos Anti-Virus requires of you only that you cough up some personal details. And even though it costs you nothing, the software detects 99.17% percent of threats.
It does have a minor impact on performance, however. That may be enough for you to notice the difference, depending on what spec machine you have. The paid products above it in our chart are better, but Sophos is a compelling product.
To find out more about Sophos, click here.
7. Avira for Mac
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Another free antivirus for Mac, and another that successfully protected its test Mac, Avira Free Antivirus 3.2 is in at number seven only because it had more of a system overhead than products above.
According to AV-Test’s lab, Avira will keep your Mac safe, for free, but you may pay for it in terms of system performance.
To find out more about Avira Free Antivirus, click here.
8. Avast for Mac
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A Mac security freebie, Avast detects 100 percent of threats. But this tool had a significant performance impact during tests. If you can stand that, it is a good free option. But there are better.
To find out more about Avast Mac Security – Free, click here.