Feb 012014

Yes, malware threats exist for Apple’s Mac OS X computers. Generally there’s far less risk than for PCs, but knowing how to stay protected remains important. CNET’s MacFixIt recently revisited this topic, in an article, “Popular antivirus tools for OS X tested, again,” citing a researchers’ testing of these top tools (in no particular order):

  • avast! Free Antivirus 8.0
  • F-Secure Anti-virus for Mac
  • VirusBarrier 10.7.8
  • Avira Mac Security
  • ESET Cybersecurity
  • Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac 9.0.6
  • Kaspersky Security
  • Dr. Web Light 6.0.6

Worthy of note here is that often acclaimed anti-malware tools such as the open source ClamXav, McAfee, and Symantec’s iAntivirus, did not make it into this top tier set. Therefore, if you are looking for an anti-malware package to use, you might consider weighing those which perform well in tests like this, against the additional features they offer and recommendations by those who have used them.

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