Last update : March 2019
1. Avast Free Mac Security
Avast Mac Security is a program that protects Mac users from the threats that lurk in the network. The program is focused not only on protection against harmful files, but also against attacks aimed at stealing sensitive data and banking information.
Avast Mac Security works in the background and monitors files opened from the disk and downloaded when navigating the Internet. In addition, the program allows you to scan on-demand a local drive and external media connected to your computer. The infected files will be automatically transferred to the protected folder (quarantine). If there is a threat, like a potentially unwanted program or a malicious message in the mailbox, the program will notify you by displaying the information in the selected place on the screen. The program has a huge database of threats at its disposal, which it automatically updates.
The “extension” to popular browsers helps with protection against threats on visited websites. With its help you can quickly turn off systems tracking our online activities, disable burdensome social elements on websites and check the reputation of the site. You can also rate the website yourself, which will help other users.
2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac removes unwanted programs like adware, add-ons and various types of malicious software. It is worth using if our MAC very much slows down or displays windows and notifications from programs that we have never installed.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac searches for and removes code that causes system performance degradation, attacks on the system, or annoying advertisements. The program removes adware programs such as Genieo, VSearch and Vidx, neutralizes Trojans, and at the same time quickly scans files and does not burden the computer.
The Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac engine was created specifically for detecting and removing adware. It uses its own database containing over 300 signatures of unwanted programs.
3. AVG AntiVirus for macOS
AVG AntiVirus is a basic antivirus program that provides real-time protection and on-demand file scanning. In addition, the program allows users to manage several devices with Windows, Android and OS X using a single account.
AVG AntiVirus constantly monitors files saved on the Mac and informs about detected threats, as well as immediately blocks access to suspicious files and offers the possibility of immediate removal. Definitions of viruses and spyware are automatically updated in real time. The scanning of external drives should be enabled in the program settings.
Similarly, a system scan is available on request. The scanner browses the entire directory tree for threats, informing about the progress and found suspicious files. Finally, it shows a list of detected threats along with the type and path of access, giving the possibility of deletion. The program also gives you the option to scan the file on demand, so you can check whether the e-mail attachments you have just downloaded or files provided on the media by others are secure.
“Mac” with AVG AntiVirus installed can be controlled from within the Android application or Windows program if it is connected to the Zen Network. This allows you to remotely update the software, check the protection status and check the performance.
4. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is a comprehensive security program for Mac against various types of threats, and at the same time so light that its presence does not noticeably affect the other programs.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac provides real-time protection thanks to the “Autopilot” function. Changes to the Mac files are monitored without interruption and any unsafe actions will be detected immediately. The database of signatures is updated on a regular basis, and the program uses the proprietary engine in the cloud, just like other Bitdefender products. Thanks to this, Antivirus for Mac detects threats that can be harmful not only to OS X, but also to others.
On-demand scanning can be invoked in “fast” mode, which will only check folders with higher risk, “full”, which will scan the entire contents of the disk, and only on the selected folder. The scanner is fast and does not interfere with work.
Recently, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac has the ability to block unwanted programs such as adware, which display persistent ads or install cumbersome components in browsers. What’s more, the program is accompanied by the TrafficLight extension for browsers, which will monitor the websites visited and warn about risky websites or call redirections if necessary.
To download Bitdefender for a Mac, you need to enter your email address on the page. The trial version of the program works for 30 days and integrates with the central.bitdefender.com platform. The full license for the program can be purchased for one or three computers, for a year, two or three years.
5. Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for mac
Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for Mac is a simple and non-invasive program to remove unwanted advertising components and add-ons that are sometimes installed with other programs.
Adware Removal Tool for Mac does not require installation and can be used immediately after unpacking the archive. The program will run the scanner and search the disk for unwanted components. All launched browsers will be automatically closed.
The Bitdefender tool is able to delete such components as Genio, Vsearch or MacKeeper.
6. Avira Free Antivirus for Mac
Avira Free Antivirus for mac is a security program that protects Macs against threats directed towards them, as well as prevents forwarding of threats designed for Windows by email and removable disks. In addition, the program is aesthetic and looks great on the Mac screen.
Avira Free Antivirus for Mac successfully protects you against online threats like viruses, Trojan horses, malicious spyware and unwanted display ads. The program can scan the contents of the disk on request or in real time.
Protective systems operating in the background monitor all saved and opened files, and in the settings you can choose which files should be scanned. You can also schedule scans in a weekly schedule. Avira Free Antivirus is one of those programs that you can configure and then forget about them. The system of automatic updates and the ability to configure notifications helps.
Against the background of other programs protecting Macs, Avira Free Antivirus stands out not only by its aesthetic interface but also by its high efficiency in detecting malware. It is the effect of an extensive and frequently updated database of threat signatures. Potentially dangerous files are protected and quarantined, which prevents the spread of infection.
7. ESET Cyber Security for mac
ESET Cyber Security for Mac is a variant of a well-known security program, designed for Macs. In it we will find an additional layer of protection against viruses, spyware components and attacks aimed at acquiring sensitive data. In addition, the program may attempt to “cure” infected files, to remove malicious code from them.
ESET Cyber Security protects and monitors local data and Internet connection in real time. The protection of access to websites and e-mail works on user-specified ports. Using heuristic mechanisms “ThreatSense” and a scanner in the “Live Grid” cloud, it monitors downloaded files and e-mail attachments. In addition, connections may be subject to anti-phishing protection, thanks to which the program will block attempts to extort our data.
Local files are also protected by ThreatSense and the Live Grid scanner. Scanning can take place when the file is saved to disk, opened or executed. The program may also block the use of removable media and check if the system processes have a good reputation and whether the malicious program does not work in the background. Suspicious files that ESET Cyber Security is unable to recognize can be sent for analysis.
ESET Cyber Security also allows you to scan your computer on demand, but with a “smart” scanner profile, this process is faster than with competitors. You can also create your own profiles and scan only selected files and folders using custom options. The program can only detect threats or detect and attempt to disinfect infected files.
When installing the program, you can decide whether to monitor your computer for potentially unwanted programs or to participate in collecting data for Live Grid. In the program options, you can also create a schedule for it and view event logs.
The trial version of the program works for 30 days without any restrictions. Once launched, the program asks for free activation, but it is not necessary to test its capabilities.
8. Norton Security Deluxe for mac
Norton Security for mac is a security program for various devices, including Macs and mobile devices. The service is available in a subscription and provides protection against both classic threats and privacy protection.
Norton Security provides protection for your computer against viruses, dangerous Internet threat files and dangerous websites. When using the Network, Norton will warn against financial fraud and phishing attempts. The threat definition database is updated in real time, as long as the computer is connected to the Internet.
The program has been equipped with a file scanner that can work according to the schedule, during idleness or on request. In addition, we’ll find a firewall that allows you to filter dangerous connections, Safe Web extensions for browsers, protection of selected files and event log.
An additional advantage of Norton Security Deluxe is the protection of the user’s identity as well as the address book and exchanged messages with others.
The trial version of the program works for 30 days. To run it, you need to set up an account on the Symantec website.
9. Trend Micro Antivirus for mac
Trend Micro Antivirus, formerly known as Dr. Safety is a convenient, free program that protects your Mac against viruses and spyware threats. Trend Micro Antivirus protects your Mac in real time, allows you to scan on demand, and after buying a subscription, also delete infected files.
The Trend Micro scanner allows you to perform a quick scan for viruses, a full scan that will examine all files on the disk and scan the folders you specify. The program in the free version warns about the presence of threats, but does not indicate specific files. The effects of his work can be seen in the form of logs, also from the selected period.
A subscription to the program allows you to view dangerous files and delete or quarantine them. Antivirus is inexpensive compared to the competition – monthly protection costs 1.99$, and the annual protection is 19.99$
10. Sophos Home for mac
Sophos Home for mac is a tool to protect computers in your home network from malicious programs, dangerous sites and other types of threats lurking on the Net. The service requires the creation of an account on the manufacturer’s website, from where you can monitor the status of protected computers.
Using Sophos Home for mac is easy and maintenance-free. The program automatically scans all opened files for malicious programs, detects potentially malicious programs before running, and blocks known malicious sites. Of course, you can add exceptions to each rule to use trusted tools comfortably. The program also includes an antivirus scanner that can be run on demand.
Sophos Home makes use of advanced tools used by specialists to protect business systems, which underlines its value as an anti-virus for the home.
Sophos Home is a free version of the program for private and non-commercial use limited to the ability to use 10 computer stations using a single account.
11. RansomWhere for Mac
RansomWhere for mac is a tool with only one task – to detect ransomware threats, that is, to convince the user to pay a ransom, for example for decrypting data.
The program detects features that characterize all threats of this type. Specifically, it tries to detect untrusted processes that quickly create a lot of encrypted files. For this, it uses the mathematical properties of encryption to determine whether the file is actually encrypted.
If detected, the program will try to block processes. The process will be stopped and the user will see information about it. Then the user will be able to decide whether the process is to continue or will be terminated. Can it happen that “RansomWhere” will react to the data security program.
The list of trusted processes can be cleared with the following command: $ sudo /Library/RansomWhere/RansomWhere -reset