However, the appearance of Trojans and other malware that can possibly infect a Mac seems to be growing, but is a completely different issue to viruses. It even includes the ability to block advertisers and others from tracking your online activities. More on that here: It is possible, however, to pass on a Windows virus to another Windows user, for example through an email attachment. If you cannot determine if the program you downloaded is infected, do a quick Internet search and see if any other users reported issues after installing a particular program. The software even incorporates real-time protection features that will quarantine unknown files that are exhibiting suspicious behavior.
ClamXav is, like AdWare Medic, donationware and it is fantastic. Password manager includes only basic features. Password manager includes only basic features. Phishing websites imitate secure sites, everything from banks and finance sites to gaming and dating sites. We test the top contenders to identify those offering the best Mac antivirus protection. Cons: No independent lab test results.
Ransomware Protection The scourge of ransomware is on the rise. This will protect you from malware that exploits Java in your browser, including the recent. While ransomware attacks are more common on Windows devices, Macs have suffered as well. Further details here: A further development was the Koobface malware that can be picked up from Facebook already a notorious site for malware, like many other 'social networking' sites , as reported here on December 9, 2008: You can keep up to date, particularly about malware present in some downloadable pirated software, at the Securemac site: There may be other ways of guarding against Trojans, viruses and general malware affecting the Mac, and alternatives will probably appear in the future. Most of the products in this roundup beat the combined average of the three browsers. Many of them are made by the same companies that produce the solutions.
If the computer has the installed option or is actively using a Windows system then other tasks should be considered to protect that aspect of your computer from outside malware issues. Spyware Protection Any kind of malware problem is unpleasant, but spyware may be the most unnerving. Bottom Line: Two major independent testing labs certify Trend Micro's ability to fight malware on your Mac. Also, when you first install ClamXav, as with many antivirus apps, it may perform an initial full system scan, which will consume resources. Leave Java disabled until you visit a trusted site that requires it, then re-enable only for the duration of your visit to that site. It is available with an on-demand scanner, a constantly updated database of known viruses, and 'always on' real-time protection.
Kaspersky goes beyond that, with content filtering, internet time scheduling, private data protection, and even social media contact control. Note that a 30 day trial version of MacScan can be downloaded free of charge from: and this can perform a complete scan of your entire hard disk. Why Comodo Antivirus for Mac? The code could be a boon to phishing gangs who redirect web users to fake bank sites and steal login details. A white paper has recently been published on the subject of Trojans by SubRosaSoft, available here: Also, beware of MacSweeper: MacSweeper is malware that misleads users by exaggerating reports about spyware, adware or viruses on their computer. Despite its robust feature set, Sophos manages to cram all this functionality into a compact interface.
We just roll back the virtual machine to a clean snapshot after testing. Bottom Line: Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is by far the fastest Mac antivirus scanner we've seen, and it provides especially good phishing protection in our testing, too. Decent score in our antiphishing test. Imagine some creeper secretly peeking at you through your Mac's webcam! But the extra options are where Zap really becomes handy. Phishing, however, isn't platform-specific, and neither is our antiphishing test. It will detect and delete if you ask it to all 'tracker cookies' that switch you to web sites you did not want to go to.
Cons: No scores from independent labs. Because it has one job and it does it very well. It can be a good choice for protecting your Macs at no cost. Sophos Home Premium includes the same CryptoGuard behavior-based ransomware protection found in its Windows equivalent. Cons: Poor results in our hands-on antiphishing test. There are many legitimate reasons why something could pop up, without malware being involved.
As with ransomware protection, we've observed more features specifically devoted to on Windows-based security products than on the Mac, but a few products in this collection do pay special attention to spyware. It can also scan Windows bootcamp, external networks, and other systems that you may use on your Mac — and want to protect as a result. Its webcam protection isn't as configurable as it is on Windows, but you can use it to disable your Mac's webcam whenever you're not using it. Avoid going to suspect and untrusted Web sites, especially p'orn'ography sites. If one fraudulent site gets blacklisted or shut down by the authorities, they simply pop up with a new one. Unless you know what the popup is, it's difficult to know for sure. Good detection of Windows malware.
Until we see some actual proof of these allegations, we will , and continue to recommend Kaspersky's security products as long as their performance continues to merit our endorsement. Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac also earned high scores. Safari on Mojave automatically blocks ads and social media trackers. Intego, McAfee, and Norton each include a firewall component, while Kaspersky's Network Protection comes close. Cons: Doesn't add much to free edition's features.