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11 best antivirus for Mac 2016

Matt Egan | July 11, 2016
The 10 best antivirus programs for OS X. Best free AV for Macs

Find out more about Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac, click here.

4. Symantec Norton Security

Symantec's Norton Security didn't perform as well in AV Test's recent tests as it did back in December, so we've had to bump it back from its number two position. It offered 99.17% detection which is still great, but when there are plenty of alternatives that scored 100% it makes it more difficult to recommend. It's also not the fastest option available. 

Norton Security retails for £39.99 for a single Mac. Step up to £49.99 and you can protect up to five devices, which can include Windows PCs and smartphones as well as Macs, which is pretty cool. Albeit a little pointless on the smartphone front. You can get further discounts by buying a two-year licence.

Find out more about Norton Security, click here.

3. AVG Antivirus

In AV Tests most recent research, only four our of the twelve antivirus packages tested managed to detect 100% of the malware thrown at it. AVG is one of those, as are numbers two and one in this chart. AVG has a bigger impact on performance than our two front-runners, though.

There's a free version availble with limited capabilities, and the Pro version which includes full protection costs £49.99. There is a free trial of Pro available, though, which is well-worth trying.

Find out more about AVG for Mac, click here.

2. ESET Antivirus for Mac

Another paid-for Mac antivirus, here is ESET. This £29 tool offers 100 percent threat detection, and scores reasonably highly in speed tests. You can save up to 25 percent by going for a two-year licence, and there are various cost-saving options for multiple Mac households up to £59 for a four-Mac licence. And there is a 30-day trial. There is nothing wrong with ESET, then, but we can do better. And we will - read on.

Find out more about ESET Antivirus for Mac,click here.

1. Bitdefender Antivirus

Our number one best antivirus for Mac is Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac 4.0. In AV-Test's lab Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac 4.0 blocked 100 percent of the threats thrown at it. Even more impressively it had a lower than 10 percent system impact, meaning that you won't even know it is protecting you, while it is protecting you.

Bitdefender costs £39.95 for a single Mac, and £49.95 for up to three Macs. There is a 30-day trial if you want to try before you buy.

Find out more about Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac 4.0, click here.

Source: Macworld 


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