Ultimate List of Antivirus Software For Mac [Complete List of Mac AntiVirus]

Written By Sam on 10 November 2010

Do you really need Antivirus software for Mac? This is one question that is most frequently asked. As is usually the trend with malware, a virus or worm usually tries to spread itself to your contacts by accessing your e-mail contacts and targets networked PCs. The infection leaves your machines exposed to hackers who can access files on your Mac, and even use it to launch attacks against other PC and even websites. We may have read recent reports on Boonana Trojan that is currently spreading through social media and targeting Mac OS X. There are more. So, there is indication enough that hackers and crackers are directing their attention to Mac machines as well.

Here’s a comprehensive list of anti-virus solutions available for Mac users:

  • Avast! Pro Antivirus and Internet Security
  • AVG Anti-Virus
  • AVG Anti-Virus Free
  • BitDefender
  • CA Anti-Virus
  • Clam AntiVirus
  • Dr. Web
  • ESET NOD32
  • F-Secure
  • iAntiVirus
  • Intego VirusBarrier
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus
  • MacScan
  • McAfee VirusScan
  • Norton
  • PC Tools AntiVirus
  • PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition
  • Sophos Anti-Virus
  • Symantec Norton AntiVirus/Norton 360
  • Trend Micro Internet Security

Let’s take a closer look at some of them:

Norton Antivirus for Mac

Norton Antivirus is one of the best-known software security suite. It combines anti-phishing as well as anti-malware features of Norton Internet Security 2010 (NIS) with tuneup tools of Norton Utilities. The latest version, Norton Antivirus 11, promises ‘protection, performance and peace of mind against digital dangers’ and comes at $49.95 for a 1 year protection for 1 PC.

Key facts and features:

  • Protects your PC, online activities and your identity
  • Defends against digital dangers without sacrificing performance
  • Scans only files at risk for shorter, faster scans
  • Provides threat detection
  • Warns you of dangerous downloads
  • Protects your identity when you buy, bank or browse online (validates authentic sites and identifies fraudulent sites)
  • Keeps spam out of your mailbox
  • Offers secure login to web sites
  • Secures your browser from attacks
  • Protects your important files from loss (automatically backs up files either locally (to disc or other storage device) or online when your PC is idle). Includes 2 GB of secured online storage (with option to purchase more)
  • Claims to reduce PC start-up time
  • Defends wireless network from intruders
  • Includes FREE 24/7 technical support

Norton, consumer division of Symantec, also recently launched its 2011 product line-up in the Indian market. The line-up includes Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security for Mac.

PC Tools iAntiVirus

This tool protects users against nefarious cyber-threats trying to get into your Mac and personal information. It provides real-time protection and system scanning.

Facts and features include:

  • Protection against Mac specific threats
  • Uncomplicated user interface to scan for, remove and manage infections
  • Offers a range of scan options, works silently in the background and uses minimal system resources
    • IntelliGuard ensures real-time protection. Whenever an infection is detected and blocked, an alert is displayed below the system menu bar. IntelliGuard automatically places detected infections in quarantine
    • iAntiVirus quarantines all detected infections, allowing you to easily view and restore items in the case of a false positive (for example: when scanning with engine heuristics set to high).
    • Frequent updates to detect and guard computers against new threats and viruses
    • Enhancements to iAntiVirus are automatically installed and downloaded through the Smart Update function

When in monitoring mode iAntiVirus works silently in the background, threats are blocked and removed without any system impact. Only a small alert window is displayed to advise you that your Mac has been protected against an attack. You can try the free version from here – http://www.iantivirus.com/downloads/iantivirus.pkg

Intego VirusBarrier X6

VirusBarrier X6, the latest version of Intego’s network and malware security program, provides protection from malware and network threats. This antivirus program for Mac includes anti-malware protection together with anti-phishing, firewall, anti-spyware and network protection features. The tool also scans the Apple iPad for malware and malicious files.

Facts and features:

  • Protects Macs from all known network-based threats, as well as all known malware
  • Multiple threat-detection techniques
  • Proactive behavioral analysis
  • Dual Protection provides protection from all known viruses for both Mac OS X and Windows
  • Personal firewall, together with its Antivandal, provide protection from all types of intrusions and web threats.
  • Prevents software from connecting surreptitiously to remote servers, and stop applications from ‘phoning home’
  • Provides network traffic gauges, full logs of malware and network activity.

You can try out the demo version from here – https://secure.intego.com/demo/

Avast Mac Edition

Another antivirus solution for Mac machines running Mac OS X, Avast Mac Edition is based on a central virus-scanning daemon and includes a mail scanner, an on-access scanner and an on-demand scanner all controlled through a simple user interface. Avast antivirus Mac Edition and Avast antivirus Mac+PC Edition contain the same ICSA Certified scan engine as all Avast antivirus products.

The Mac+PC Edition product license is for Mac users only with both the Mac operating system and MS Windows installed on the same machine.

Some key features Avast antivirus Mac and Mac+PC Edition:

  • On-access scanning – scans files for any infection at the time they are accessed
  • On-demand scanning – scheduled or ad-hoc scans of your system
  • Integrated mail protection – stops infections at one of the main access points
  • Virus Chest – a place for safe storage of infected or suspicious files, to prevent further virus spreading
  • Full automatic updates – of both the program and the virus definitions
  • Full control of the scanning options – set avast! to work in the way you want

You can try out the trial version from here – http://www.avast.com/mac-edition


This is a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

Key features:

  • Scanning e-mail messages, documents and downloads for viruses.
  • This software has the ability to move files on your computer. So, ensure you back up any important data before running ClamXav.
  • While it is possible to move files back to wherever they were moved from (see the FAQ), ClamXav offers no assistance. So remember the backup bit.
  • While ClamXav is not known to cause conflicts with other AntiVirus scanners, the developer cautions those looking for antivirus solutions that “having two different scanners checking the same files/folders is a recipe for disaster”.

McAfee VirusScan for Mac

Offers protection for PowerPC and Intel-based systems. It works with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, so you can manage all clients on your network that are protected by VirusScan.

Key facts and features:

  • Offers policy enforcement for multiple files, directories, or volumes, including volumes on remote computers connected through the network
  • Protects against all types of viruses and other threats, including emerging malware
  • On-demand scanning using file drag and drop
  • Using McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, users can manage, control and report using a single-console display
  • On-access scanning
  • Rapid update system automatically grabs the latest virus updates to ensure full compliance and protection against viruses, worms, and other malicious code threats.

Panda Antivirus for Mac

Panda Antivirus for Mac offers protection against viruses, spyware, and other malware intended for the Mac OS.

Key facts and features:

  • Protects files, music, photos, and more against viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, keyloggers, bots, and other malware
  • Protects when you’re online
  • Prevents infections entering your computer through conversations and file exchanges over instant-messaging and social network chats
  • Protects your email and chat
  • Protects your identity and confidential info
  • Even protects your iPhone, iPod, and iPad

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac

Developed to meet the specific security requirements of Mac users, this anti virus solution protects your music, photos, files and sensitive information. It also prevents you passing malware threats on to friends and colleagues when exchanging information with other types of computers.

Key features of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011:

  • Real-time scanning of files, internet downloads and mail attachments
  • Includes latest Kaspersky antivirus technologies for better protection
  • Familiar Mac-style appearance and operation
  • Special safeguards to prevent Kaspersky Anti-Virus from being compromised
  • Automatic regular and emergency updates for always-on protection
  • Prevents you passing non-Mac threats on to friends and colleagues using different types of computers

You can try Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac Free 30-Day Fully Functional Trial Version from here – http://www.kaspersky.com/kmac-trial-register

BitDefender Antivirus for Mac

Aimed at keeping Mac computers free from Mac viruses while stopping threats that target other platforms, but which may pass through the Mac environment.

Key features include:

  • Real-time antivirus protection
  • Detects and removes any type of malware targeting other operating systems
  • Intelligent Virus Scanner enables users to run a full virus check on your system or choose to scan only the critical areas
  • Scheduled scanning
  • Secures infected or suspected files and moves them to a safe location, pending forwarding to the BitDefender Antivirus Lab
  • Technical support for the entire duration of the product license

You can try out the 30-day trial version from here – http://www.bitdefender.com/download/antivirus-for-mac.html

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac

A part of Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection, it provides protection for both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macintosh servers, desktops and laptops.

Key facts and features:

  • Protects both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macs with single install
  • Detects, quarantines and cleans up Mac and Windows viruses
  • Automatically guards against unknown threats with Behavioral Genotype Protection
  • On access and on demand scanning
  • Allows configuration of Mac protection centrally from the same console as Windows, Linux and UNIX protection
  • Allows to set scheduled updating and define scanning policies centrally
  • Allows installation of anti-virus on all your Macs from a single Mac with Sophos Update Manager
  • Updates from SophosLabs are automatically distributed across your network.

ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 for Mac

Scans compressed files to find hidden threats other products miss. Proactive protection begins at the earliest point in system startup to ensure your computer is secure.

Key features:

  • Cross platform protection to detect Mac, Windows and Linux malware
  • Scans any file on any removable device when it is accessed or during a full-scan of the media
  • Defines which user/s have the capability to change settings
  • The business edition allows users to manage Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile device endpoints from a single console.


With MacScan’s Blacklisted Cookie Scan you can remove blacklisted tracking cookies without losing all your saved usernames and passwords.

Key features:

  • Clean up internet clutter
  • Schedule automated scans
  • Free definition updates.

You can get the trial version here – http://macscan.securemac.com/download/

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