AV-TEST Puts 18 Mac Anti-Malware Products to the Test

Mac Anti-malwareWe 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

Product Malware Protection Cost
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
Intego VirusBarrier 98.3% Paid
Panda Antivirus 98.3% Paid
avast! Free Antivirus 97.4% FREE
Sophos Anti-Virus 96.6% FREE
Kaspersky Internet Security 93.2% Paid
Comodo Antivirus 83.8% FREE
AVG AntiVirus 82.1% FREE
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
Webroot SecureAnywhere 19.7% 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?

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