Best Mac AntiVirus? You Have Choices
Though you probably have never heard of Thomas Reed before, now is a very good time to get acquainted. On his site, Thomas’ Tech Corner, he’s published benchmarks for 20 AV products in a quest to answer the question — which is the best Mac antivirus app?
“In this test, a total of 128 samples were collected, containing items from 24 different malware families,” writes Reed.
That may sound like a lot of viruses and virus families, but it’s a tiny fraction of the millions of known viruses and other types of malware that afflict Windows PCs. Further, according to Reed, “[T]here is no known malware capable of infecting a Mac running a properly-updated version of Mac OS X 10.6 or later, with all security settings left at the default (at a minimum).”
Reed tested how well the apps can detect merely present and active malware, and not how well each handles (i.e. isolates, removes) an infection.
The Mac AV apps that delivered the best results (table above) in Reed’s tests included a mix of free and commercial packages. As shown above, avast! Free Antivirus 7.0 and VirusBarrier 10.7.1 delivered the best results, detecting 100 percent of the active malware thrown at them.
Mac AntiVirus: Define “Better”
So, which is the best Mac antivirus app? The package I use, ClamXav, doesn’t test best, yet it’s fast, sophisticated (i.e. can be scheduled, automatically updates itself, etc.) and is free.
One should also consider the nature of the Mac virus threat — effectively zero. It probably won’t stay that way forever, so choosing an antivirus app is about hedging your bets.
Which is the best Mac antivirus app? Capable and free look pretty good…
What’s your take?
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