what is the best anti virus for mac

I need to completely erase my mac, and reinstall Yosemite, but I hope to find a program that would get rid of the problems on this machine.

19 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    I, personally, use Avast Anti-Virus and I love it. It has never let me down and has always done great. I also have it installed on my Windows PC and it is great on there too. The virus's I've had on Windows, it removed them instantly. I've never had any virus's on Mac so can't give my perspective on the virus removal on Mac. It never slows down either computer. I love it. If you want a great anti-virus I recommend Avast Anti-Virus.

    • Answered by Preston H from Turbotville
    • Jan 31, 2015
  • This is a tricky question.
    How are you define what is the "best" is? :)
    For some people "best" means "quick", for some "not hungry for resources", for the others "look good – feel safe"...
    The only adequate answer will be a competition.
    Here is what i found:

    According the Tom's guide best overall antivirus is Avira, it is free and scored 9/10

    BitDefender 7/10 (best paid antivirus)
    Avast 7/10
    Kaspersky 6/10
    Sophia 4/10
    Webfoot 3/10

    (google it, can't post direct link)

    All personal experience is subjective and simply a trust_to_a_brand preferences...

    Hope this helps.

    • Answered by Andrej O
    • Nov 20, 2015
  • Sophos. It is free and extremely light on the resources.

    • Answered by Scott P from Lynchburg
    • Jul 22, 2015
  • I use something called SOPHOS and it is outstanding

    • Answered by Albert C from Danbury
    • Jun 30, 2015
  • I've been using AVG anti-virus. It's free and easy to use. Just remember that when you upgrade to a new OS, that you turn it, or any anti-virus software, off first, or it might not install properly. I found that out, when I installed Yosemite. An Apple tech supervisor helped me get it up and running properly, after we figured out what was causing the problem. His help was very much appreciated.

    • Answered by David S from West Palm Beach
    • Jul 11, 2015
  • What is best is relative. That depends on you. Do you want to pay for the solution or not? Sophos (free) has worked well for me but so has Kaspersky. I have never had an actual virus on my Macbook Pro however, I have had to eliminate malware. Malwarebytes has done the job for me and it was free. Remember if you don't have the correct virus definitions in your antivirus program you won't eliminate the virus. It isn't just the antivirus program that does the job, it depends on whether the program has the right tools for the job.

    • Answered by Dean M from Falmouth
    • Oct 29, 2015
  • The "best" is relative to what situation you place yourself and your Mac in. Point being you must protect yourself and use your head by not downloading Adware, Malware etc. Think abut what you're doing prior to doing it.
    Now, with that being said there are two world renowned, well respected sites which you can find answers to your many Anti-Virus, Adware, Anti-Malware questions. These are AV-Test.Org as well as AV-Comparatives.Org. These compare both free as well as paid services and are updated regularly. When it comes to the OS X environment there are bugs that will infect your machine. It is not impossible to infiltrate a Mac. One of the largest threats is passing a Windows based malware from your Mac to a friend or family member who use Windows.
    Without going off on a long winded tangent, visit these sites and find a product which will fit your needs. There are free products which test higher than some paid engines and some products which are completely useless. However, do yourself a favor and look into these. This combined with using your head will provide a long and happy life for your Mac.

    • Answered by Brent R from Florissant
    • Mar 7, 2016
  • I recommend Bitdefender or Kaspersky Antivirus for mac. don't get some free antivirus softwares as most of them fail to work as they promise. Also the main reason to get mac antivirus software is to protect fellow windows users who are connected in the same network. There are very less malwares or viruses for mac so getting infected is very rare.

    • Answered by Robin S from Erode
    • Feb 25, 2015
  • Well, I have believed the legendary story that Mac does not need anti-virus software. I saw this on web and also was told by Apple Genius. I also was told by Apple Genius that if I do need anti-virus software, go to download "Malwarebytes", which would work just fine. I downloaded and tried, it did get rid of some ads malware from Mac. But yesterday, I got a pop-up windows from Safari asking me some kine of "certificate", Malwarebytes did not work. So I had to restart safari. Today I did not see that pop-up windows.

    Due to this, I recalled I used to have a ClamXav (free). I tried it but now it looks it does not offer for free and you have to pay after 30 day trial. So I use this 30 day trial to scam my Mac. You know what, I did not realize that there were more than 10 trojan files on my computer (most emails), something like adware.osx.spigot....So what I want to say is that it simply is not true that Mac is a steel fort without virus.

    But still Mac is better than Windows. Even I have those things on my computer, it looks it has not bothered me too much!

    So my best suggest is to find a good anti-virus software based on what you can afford and whether you really want to have it.

    • Answered by Jinying Z from Clive
    • Dec 9, 2015
  • do not get karpersky antivirus, it will make your mac rally slow. Believe me i had it and my mac became slow. safari would take one minute instead of 10 seconds.

    • Answered by Jorge P from Royal Palm Beach
    • Feb 23, 2016
  • I've been using SOPHOS for Mac for about two years.

    Here is what I can say:
    Very low CPU usage. Maybe 3% at worst, normally at ≤ 1%.

    Interface is all web-based now, which I find less convenient and less featured than competitors. Fewer options to deal with found intruders, but benefit is that it's dashboard can 'see' all your computers in one handy management interface which is a plus for multi-CPU homes.

    It has found a trojan in my Time Capsule for over six months but it cannot seem to remove it and the warning/alert disappears before I can follow the file thread for manual removal. Fortunately, the Trojan is not a threat to Mac users, but still, rather unsettling..
    Maddening, and no tech support for that.

    I think overall it is a great app for Free, but I'm moving onto Bit Defender for better virus removal options and don't mind paying for that comfort and safety.

    • Answered by David J from Seattle
    • Feb 18, 2016
  • esest antivirus

    • Answered by Reza T
    • Jul 13, 2015
  • I was told you do not need antivirus software with an apple mac.
    I've had mine for 5-6 years and had no problems with grandchildren downloading games etc.

    • Answered by Von B from Sussex Inlet
    • Apr 30, 2015
  • I have used almost all antivirus programs, on windows, on linux and on Mac as well. Being someone who has weighed the pros and cons of almost all antiviruses, I would say, without hesitation, that the best of the lot is Comodo. Take the security aspect, the features, the cost-factor, the service etc- Comodo ranks well. You can check the reviews too on their site. Comodo is good not just for Mac, but for windows and linux as well. You can take this as the opinion of someone with much experience regarding antivirus programs and based on thorough assessment. Yes, go for Comodo Antivirus for Mac.

    • Answered by Ssl A
    • Jul 11, 2016
  • I tried to follow the recommendation for Avira antii virus for Mac. I downloaded it, opened the dmg file but when I went to install it my OS El Capitan had this to say "“Installer” will damage your computer. You should eject the disk image.
    It contains the “OSX.InstallCore.A” malware."

    I have a feeling I have been infected by malware and am worried it also may have spy ware after my link in iPad was infected by a website link. So I don't know if this same mal ware is trying to block the Avira program or if the Avira itself has been compromised. Any ideas anyone?

    • Answered by Peter D from Ojai
    • Jun 15, 2016
  • I personally use Intego

    • Answered by Kenneth M from Lajas
    • Aug 25, 2015
  • AVG Anitvirus

    • Answered by Edward K from Delmar
    • Mar 13, 2015
  • On my Macbook Pro, I use Webroot for my Mac! Has found 3 virus and my Mac runs smoothly, And I use Norton to!

    • Answered by Andrew B from Queen Creek
    • Jun 4, 2015
  • I and the majority of MacBook users have never used any third party antivirus software. Mostly because the way Macs are designed and how the majority of malware is written to attack Windows PCs. I would just keep the OS updated to the latest and leave that antivirus to the PC world,

    • Answered by Russell H from Frederick
    • May 8, 2015