AV-TEST Puts 18 Mac Anti-Malware Products to the Test
We recently shared the results of the antivirus tests done by Dennis Technology Labs revealing the effectiveness of the most popular internet security suites – for Windows.
What about anti-malware products for Apple/Mac systems, though? True, malware may not be as prevalent for Apple/Mac computers as it is for Windows machines, but the threat is there. (Flashback, anyone?)
Those who are curious about how Mac anti-malware products standup against one another will be pleased to know that independent antivirus research lab AV-TEST tested the amount of protection provided by 18 different Mac anti-malware solutions.
The tests were done to rate malware detection (on-demand and on-access), number of false positives, strain on system performance and additional features like spam filter, firewall, parental control, etc. Both free and paid solutions were tested.
Mac Anti-malware Test Results
|Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac||100%||Paid|
|G Data Antivirus for Mac||100%||Paid|
|Microworld eScan for Mac||100%||Paid|
|Norman Antivirus for Mac||100%||Paid|
|ESET Cyber Security Pro||99.1%||Paid|
|F-Secure Anti-Virus for Mac||98.3%||Paid|
|avast! Free Antivirus||97.4%||FREE|
|Kaspersky Internet Security||93.2%||Paid|
|Avira Free Antivirus||68.4%||FREE|
|Symantec Norton Internet Security||54.7%||Paid|
|Trend Micro Titanium||38.5%||Paid|
|McAfee Internet Security||26.5%||Paid|
Bitdefender, G Data, Microworld and Norman detected 100% of the threats on both the on-demand and on-access malware detection tests, while ESET, F-Secure, Intego, Panda, Avast!, Sophos and Kaspersky caught over 90% of them.
Avast! and Sophos are the only two FREE solutions that scored over 90%. It’s also important to note that G Data & Norman use the Bitdefender engine and Panda AV is based off Intego, according to ZDNet.
If you’re looking to get anti-malware software for your Mac, you may want to avoid TrendMicro, McAfee & Webroot. All three had highly disappointing scores below 40%.
Do you use anti-malware software on your Mac?