Compare Mac Antivirus Software - 2019

It's still an unfortunate reality that most Mac owners think their computers are immune to viruses and other malware.

The fact is: Macs get viruses. Macs get malware.

What makes matters worse is that because they think their computers are impervious, they're more likely to run around with an infected machine than the average PC owner who knows their computer can get a virus.

While we're on the subject of Mac antivirus software, it's important to make a key distinction here: the difference between viruses and other malware.

Loosely speaking malware means any software that's malicious. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a virus. Other times, it's a rootkit, bootkit, trojan, keylogger, spyware, ransomware, or even adware.

Loosely speaking again, Mac antivirus software really would be better described as "Mac antimalware" since really that's the role today's antivirus software is meant to play: it's meant to keep the crap off your Mac. The end.

With that in mind, here are our favorite picks of 2019 in Mac antivirus and internet security software.

1 ESET Box
  • Good antivirus protection
  • Free Virus-Removal Assistance
  • Excellent antiphishing
ESET Cyber Security Pro 2019
  • 100% Free U.S. Tech Support
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Works with:
    Mac OS X 10.6 and above
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Why We Like ESET Cyber Security Pro...

ESET as a company has been around for years...decades really.

With offices worldwide, ESET has localized tech support for most every region of the world. This means, if you're in the U.S. or Canada, you'll be dealing with someone in their San Diego offices and not shipped off to India or the Phillipines for support.

Support though is one thing; the software's performance as antivirus software for a Mac is superb.

In our tests of both Windows- and Mac-based threats, ESET Cyber Security Pro did a great job of quickly ferreting out the malware and returning out test Macs to pristine condition.

One of our favorite features of ESET's Mac antivirus software is it automatically blocks new USB devices when you insert them 'til you've scanned them.

As for the importance of this nifty little feature, it's huge. Threats these days come not just from friends or colleagues sharing files via a USB thumbdrive but even from places you'd never, ever expect, like new-from-the-factory devices.

Just recently a USB picture frame—straight from the box—was found to be infected with viruses.

With ESET on your Mac, ALL USB devices are treated as they should be: suspicious. When there's great technology like this to protect your Mac and files, there's just no good reason to be careless and trust a device just because you can hold it in your hands.

Aside from the great support and USB protection, ESET also performed well in both of our key malware tests: virus removal and real-time threat blocking.

In each test, we pit the antivirus software against real threats and measure the performance. In both instances, ESET was top-of-the-pack, removing >94% of malware and blocking 100% of the real-time threats we challenged it with.

If you're looking for good antivirus software for your Mac, ESET is an excellent choice.

2 Bitdefender Box
  • Good virus protection
  • Modern, easy-to-use interface
  • Low resource usage. Won't slow down your Mac
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac 2019
  • Average tech support
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Works with:
    Mac OS X 10.8.5 and above
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3 Norton Box
  • Very good protection
  • Good resource usage
  • Protects five Macs
Norton Security Deluxe 2019
  • Free Virus-Removal Assistance
  • 60-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Works with:
    Mac OS X 10.9 and above
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4 Panda Box
  • Good real-time protection
  • Improved virus cleanup
Panda Antivirus for Mac 2019
  • Improved tech support
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Works with:
    Mac OS X 10.6 and above
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