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Mac Security Test & Review
Mac Security Test & Review
Language: English
July 2017
Last revision: 8th August 2017
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Contents
Introduction: Macs and Security Software
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Review of Security Software for Mac OS Sierra
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Malware Protection Test
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Summary
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Avast Mac Security
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AVG AntiVirus for Mac
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Avira Antivirus Pro for Mac
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Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
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BitMedic AntiVirus
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ESET Cyber Security Pro
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Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9
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Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac
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Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete
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Copyright and Disclaimer
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Introduction: Macs and Security Software
Despite the belief in some quarters that Macs are immune to malicious programs, malware that infects
Mac OS continues to be developed and claim victims. One example is the FruitFly malware, which spies
on Mac users by using their own webcams and recording keystrokes, as described by CNN:
http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/24/technology/mac-fruitfly-malware-spying/index.html
For a sensible discussion of the subject, it is necessary to understand that a computer virus is only one
of a number of different types of malware (malicious software). These days, viruses make up a small
percentage of all known malware; Trojans (malicious programs disguised as e.g. games or music files)
are much more common. Whilst the number of actual viruses affecting Mac OS may be negligible or
even zero, Mac systems clearly can be infected by Trojans, if users are fooled into installing them.
Please note that nearly all manufacturers still call their products “antivirus”, although in reality they
protect against all types of malware, including Trojans.
Experienced and responsible Mac users who are careful about which programs they install, and which
sources they obtain them from, may well argue – very reasonably – that they are not at risk from Mac
malware. However, we feel that non-expert users, children, and users who frequently like to experiment
with new software, could definitely benefit from having security software on their Mac systems, in
addition to the security features provided by the Mac OS itself. Readers who are concerned that thirdparty security software will slow their Mac down can be reassured that we considered this in our test;
we did not observe any significant performance reduction during daily operations with any of the
programs reviewed.
As with Windows computers, Macs can be made safer by employing good security practices. We
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Do not use an administrator account for day-to-day computing
Use a sandboxed browser such as Google Chrome
Uninstall/disable the standalone Flash Player
Uninstall/disable Java unless it is essential for you
Keep your Mac operating system and third-party software up-to-date with the latest patches
Use secure passwords (the Mac includes the KeyChain password manager)
Deactivate any services such as Airport, Bluetooth or IPv6 that you don’t use
Be careful about which programs you install and where you download them from
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Review of Security Software for Mac OS Sierra
We have reviewed and tested the following products for this report, using the newest version available
in July 2017:
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Avast Free Mac Security 12.7
https://www.avast.com/free-mac-security
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AVG AntiVirus for Mac 17.1
http://www.avg.com/ww-en/avg-antivirus-for-mac
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AVIRA Antivirus Pro for Mac 3.8.2.35
https://www.avira.com/en/avira-antivirus-pro
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Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac 5.2.2.7
http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/antivirus-for-mac.html
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BitMedic Antivirus 2.2
http://www.antivirusmacapp.com/
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ESET Cyber Security Pro 6.4.200.1
https://www.eset.com/int/home/cyber-security-pro
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Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 10.9.12
https://www.intego.com/mac-protection-bundle
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Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac 18.0.1.35
http://www.kaspersky.com/security-mac
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Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete for Mac 9.0.5.56
http://www.webroot.com/us/en/home/products/complete
We congratulate these manufacturers, who elected to have their products reviewed and tested, as we
feel their commitment is a valuable contribution to improving security for Mac systems.
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Review format
Here we have outlined the features and functionality that we have looked at for each program in this
review:
What features does the program have?
Any of the program’s features other than the tested malware protection, such as a firewall or phishing
protection, are listed.
Where can I find more information about the product?
We provide a link to the product’s page on the manufacturer’s website.
Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
We note any options or points of particular interest encountered during the setup process, how to
temporarily deactivate protection if needed, and how to uninstall the product. We also check to see
if a standard user account (without administrator rights) can disable or remove the product.
Mac OS Integration
We look for menus in the Mac menu bar and a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar), to
see what commands are available there.
Finding essential features
We check if it’s easy to access the most important functions of the program: status, scans, updates,
quarantine, logs, subscription information (if applicable) and help.
How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
We download the EICAR test file and AMTSO potentially unwanted test file (which are harmless, but
simulate a virus/unwanted program for test purposes), to see how the program warns the user when
it finds a threat. We also deliberately disable the program’s protection, then check to see how it warns
you of this and how easy it is to switch the protection back on.
Support pages on vendor’s website
Finally, we provide a link to the vendor’s support pages, so you can see how easy it is to get help if
you need it.
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Malware Protection Test
In addition to the interface review described above, we have also conducted malware protection tests
to see how effectively the Mac security products protect the system against malware. For this test, we
used 687 malicious Mac malware samples collected in 2017.
The number of malicious programs that can currently attack Mac OS Sierra is limited, although
increasing. As most Mac systems do not run any third-party security software, even these few threats
could cause widespread damage. Precisely because a Mac security product only has to identify a small
number of samples, we would expect it to protect the system against most (if not all) of the threats,
so the protection rate required for certification is relatively high.
Before the test, the Mac OS system was updated and an image created; no further OS updates were
then applied. Each program was installed on the freshly imaged machine and the definitions updated
to the 4th July 2017. The Mac remained connected to the Internet during the tests, so that cloud
services could be used. A USB flash drive containing the malware samples was then plugged in to the
test computer. At this stage, some antivirus programs recognised some of the samples. We then ran
an-on demand scan of the flash drive, either from the context menu if available, or from the main
program window if not. Samples found were quarantined or deleted. After this, any samples which had
not been deleted or disabled by the real-time protection or scan were copied to the Mac’s hard disk.
These remaining samples were then executed, providing the security product with a final chance to
detect the malware. After each active infection, a full scan was performed, in order to give the
products a chance to check for active malware.
In addition to the Mac malware samples, we also scanned and executed a set of clean Mac programs
to check for false positives. None of the programs we tested produced any false alarms.
Most of the Mac security products in our review claim to detect Windows malware as well as Mac
malware, thus ensuring that the user’s computer does not inadvertently act as a conduit for programs
that could attack Windows PCs. For this reason, we also checked if the Mac antivirus products detect
Windows malware. We used 1,000 prevalent and current Windows malware samples; the procedure was
identical to that for Mac malware, except that we did not make any attempt to run any of the samples
that were not detected in the scan, as Windows programs cannot be executed under Mac OS.
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The table below shows protection results for the products in the review. The figures for Mac malware
protection indicate the number of samples blocked at any stage of the testing procedure, i.e.
regardless of whether the malware was detected/blocked in one of the on-demand scans, by real-time
protection, or on-execution.
Windows Malware
Detection1
Mac Malware
Protection
Product
1000 prevalent
Windows samples
687 Mac samples
Avast Mac Security
AVG AntiVirus for Mac
Avira Antivirus Pro for Mac
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
BitMedic Antivirus
ESET Cyber Security Pro
Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9
Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac
Webroot SecureAnywhere for Mac
100%
99.9%
99.9%
99.1%
100%
94.0%
99.6%
99.6%
100%
96.9%
100%
100%
100%
18%
100%
35%
100%
75%
100%
90%
80%
70%
96,9%
75%
40%
100%
100,0%
99,6%
100%
99,6%
94,0%
100%
100,0%
100%
99,1%
100%
99,9%
100%
50%
100%
60%
30%
18%
35%
20%
10%
0%
Mac
Windows
A list of antivirus programs for the Mac can be seen here:
http://www.av-comparatives.org/av-vendors-mac
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Detection of Windows threats on Macs can be seen as discretionary. Some products do not include detection
for non-Mac threats or have limited detection capabilities due to technical constraints.
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Summary
Seven of the products we have reviewed receive our Approved Security Product
award. Unfortunately, we were unable to give BitMedic or Webroot an award, as
they did not reach the Mac-malware protection rates required for certification.
However, both these products, along with all the other participants, have since
updated their products so that they will now detect all the samples used in the
test.
A summary of the review – which covers features and user interface – is shown in the table below.
Potential users should also consider other factors, such as price and support, before choosing a
product. We always recommend installing a trial version of any paid-for product before making a
purchase.
Avast Mac Security provides additional features, including phishing protection, in a
clean and simple interface. The program provides a particularly comprehensive range of
scanning options, clearly laid out on a single page.
AVG AntiVirus for Mac provides all the essential features of a good antivirus program,
and is particularly simple to install and use.
Avira Antivirus Pro for Mac is a simple, straightforward and easy-to-use antivirus
program. We especially liked the help feature that explains the interface controls with
an overlay.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac provides phishing protection and a feature to secure
Time Machine backups against ransomware. It is simple to use and has an excellent,
easily accessible manual.
ESET Cyber Security Pro includes phishing protection and parental controls, in a welldesigned program interface with excellent help features.
Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is an entire suite of programs, providing additional
features such as personal backup and performance optimisation. The VirusBarrier
program window makes a lot of functions easily available, and provides a well-designed
overlay to help you get started.
Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac includes a number of extra features, including
parental controls, in a clear, modern interface. We especially liked the simple but
comprehensive scanning options page.
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BitMedic AntiVirus’ program interface combines sleek graphic design with very
practical, easy-to-use controls. There is a simple but effective quick-start guide to help
you get started.
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Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete for Mac includes phishing
protection and online backup. It stands out for its speed of installation and scanning.
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Avast Mac Security
Which versions of Apple’s operating system does it work with?
10.6 – 10.12
What features does the program have?
In addition to malware protection, Avast Mac Security includes phishing protection, a VPN and a
password manager.
Where can I find more information about the product?
https://www.avast.com/en-eu/free-mac-security
What we liked about the program
The layout of the Avast Mac Security window makes almost all the important features easy to access,
and there is an excellent range of scanning options.
Tips for users
Two important functions – updates and real-time protection controls – can be found under Preferences.
Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
The setup wizard is very straightforward and needs only a few clicks. A default installation does not
require you to make any decisions, but you could choose not to install the password manager and VPN
components, and change the folder where the program will be installed. If you need to disable a
protection component temporarily, this can be done by clicking Preferences, Shields and then Disable
for the appropriate feature. The program can be uninstalled from the Avast Mac Security menu in the
Mac menu bar (please see screenshot below). You can only disable or uninstall the program if you are
using an administrator account.
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Mac OS Integration
Avast Mac Security adds its own menu to the Mac menu bar:
There is also a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar), which has its own menu:
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Finding essential features
The main pane of the program window shows the security status.
Scans: The Scan link in the left-hand menu panel of the program window lets you run full, custom and
scheduled scans (amongst others):
You can also scan a drive, folder or file by right-clicking it and then clicking Scan with Avast Mac
Security in the context menu:
Update: To manually update the malware definitions, you have to click Preferences and then Updates.
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Preferences: There is a Preferences link at the bottom of the left-hand menu panel, which opens the
dialog box shown below:
Quarantine: This is known as Virus Chest, and has a link in the left-hand menu panel of the program
window.
Logs: These can be found by clicking the Reports link in the menu panel
Help: The help file shown below can be accessed by clicking Avast’s Help menu in the Mac menu bar,
then Avast Help.
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How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
If real-time protection is disabled, the status display shows a prominent warning:
Reactivating protection: to reactivate protection, you have to click Preferences, Shields, and Enable
for any deactivated components.
If you inadvertently download a malicious program, Avast Mac Security will display an alert like the
one below:
You do not need to take any action, other than clicking the alert to close it. If you should accidentally
download a potentially unwanted program, Avast will show a similar alert to the one above, and also
display a warning in the browser window:
Support pages on vendor’s website
You can find Avast’s support webpage here: https://www.avast.com/en-eu/support
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AVG AntiVirus for Mac
Which versions of Apple’s operating system does it work with?
10.8 – 10.12
What features does the program have?
AVG AntiVirus for Mac is a straightforward antivirus program with real-time protection
Where can I find more information about the product?
http://www.avg.com/en-eu/avg-antivirus-for-mac
What we liked about the program
AVG AntiVirus for Mac has all the essential features of a good antivirus program, and is simple to
install and use.
Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
The setup wizard can be completed with a few clicks. You do not have to make any decisions, but you
could change the location of the installation folder if you wanted to. If you need to disable the
protection temporarily, you can easily do this using the slider switch on the Realtime Protection tile
of the main window. To uninstall AVG AntiVirus, you need to open the program window, then click
the AVG AntiVirus menu in the Mac menu bar, and then click Uninstall AVG AntiVirus. You can only
uninstall the program, or disable the protection, if you are using an administrator account.
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Mac OS Integration
AVG AntiVirus adds its own menu to the Mac Menu bar:
There is also a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar), which has its own menu:
AVG AntiVirus does not make any changes to the Safari browser.
Finding essential features
Status: The Realtime Protection tile on the main program window shows you whether the protection is
switched on.
Scans: There are two ways of running antivirus scans with AVG AntiVirus. If you click Scan Mac on the
main program window (or in the System Tray icon menu), the whole computer will be scanned.
Alternatively, you can drag a file, folder or drive onto the File Scanner button to scan just that item.
Update: You can run a manual check for new malware definitions by clicking Check for Updates in the
AVG AntiVirus menu or the System Tray icon menu.
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Preferences: You can change Preferences from the Preferences button in the program window, or the
AVG AntiVirus menu. The Preferences dialog box is shown below:
Quarantine: Quarantine has its own tile on the main program window.
Logs: Other than the quarantine itself, the program does not have a log of program activity.
Help: You can access the help window (shown below) from AVG’s Help menu in the Mac menu bar.
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How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
If real-time protection is inactive, a warning symbol will appear on the component’s tile on the main
program window:
To reactivate the protection, you just need to slide the switch to the right. If you inadvertently
download a malicious program, AVG AntiVirus will automatically quarantine it, and show the alert
below. You do not have to take any action.
The alert is shown until you close it. The same sort of alert is shown if you accidentally download a
potentially unwanted program.
Support pages on vendor’s website
You can find AVG’s support webpage here:
https://support.avg.com/SupportArticleView?l=en&urlname=How-to-use-AVG-AntiVirus-forMac&retUrl=support_MAC_AntiVirus
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Avira Antivirus Pro for Mac
Which versions of Apple’s operating system does it work with?
10.11 – 10.12
What features does the program have?
Avira Antivirus Pro for Mac is a straightforward antivirus program.
Where can I find more information about the product?
https://www.avira.com/en/avira-antivirus-pro
What we liked about the program
Avira Antivirus Pro has all the essential features of a good antivirus program, and is very simple to
install and use.
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Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
Installing Avira Antivirus Pro is very simple and takes just a couple of clicks. You do not have to make
any decisions. If you need to disable the real-time protection temporarily, this can be done from the
System Tray menu. You can uninstall the program by dragging its icon from the Applications folder to
the Trash. You can only disable the protection or uninstall the program using an administrator account.
Mac OS Integration
Avira Antivirus Pro adds its own menu to the Mac Menu bar:
There is also a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar), which has its own menu:
No changes are made to the Safari browser.
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Finding essential features
Status: This is shown as text and graphic in the centre of the program window.
Scans: You can start a scan from the System Tray menu, or the button in the program window. The
latter allows you to change the scan type. You can also scan a file, folder or drive by right-clicking it
in Finder, and clicking Scan with Avira:
Another means of scanning is to drag and drop a file onto the main program window; we would suggest
that the interface could make this clearer to the user. When a USB device is connected, the program
prompts the user to scan it.
Update: You can manually update malware definitions from the System Tray menu (although these are
updated automatically at regular intervals).
Quarantine: This can be conveniently accessed from the button of the same name at the bottom of
the program window.
Logs: You can see a log of program activity by clicking Activity in the bottom right-hand corner of the
window.
Subscription information: This can be found by clicking My Account (the head icon) in the menu bar
on the left of the program window.
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Preferences: You can open the program’s preferences by clicking the cogwheel icon in the bottom lefthand corner of the program window, or Avira, Preferences in the Mac menu bar.
Help: Clicking Help, Avira Help in the Mac menu bar shows an overlay that explains the various controls
in the program window:
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How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
If real-time protection is disabled, the status display in the centre of the program window shows a
clear alert:
Reactivating protection: You can re-enable the protection by clicking the Enable all services link.
If you inadvertently download a malicious program, Avira will quarantine it and display the alert
below:
The alert closes after a few seconds. You do not need to take any action. A similar alert is shown if
you should accidentally download a potentially unwanted program.
Support pages on vendor’s website
https://www.avira.com/en/support
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Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
Which versions of Apple’s operating system does it work with?
10.9.5 - 10.12
What features does the program have?
As well as standard antivirus features, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac includes a web protection addon for the Safari browser2, which blocks phishing pages (as well as other malicious websites). The
program also prevents Time Machine backups from being accessed by ransomware.
Where can I find more information about the product?
https://www.bitdefender.co.uk/solutions/antivirus-for-mac.html#sysRec
What we liked about the program
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is a fully featured antivirus program with a well-thought-out interface
that makes it easy to use. There is a comprehensive and very professionally produced manual easily
accessible from the program’s help menu.
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Chrome and Firefox are also supported
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Tips for users
The Traffic Light extension for Safari is not installed by default, but can be set up by clicking Fix Now
in the Web Protection panel in the bottom left-hand corner of the program window.
Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
You do not have to make any decisions to complete the setup wizard, although you have the option
of changing which folder the product is installed to. If you need to disable the protection temporarily,
you can do this from the Autopilot slider switch in the program window, or from the System Tray menu.
You can uninstall the program using the Bitdefender Uninstaller applet in the Applications\Utilities
folder. The program can only be disabled or uninstalled using an administrator account.
Mac OS Integration
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac adds its own menus to the Mac menu bar. The main menu is shown
below:
There is also a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar), which has its own menu:
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Finding essential features
Status: The security status is shown as text and a graphic in the top section of the program window.
Scans: There are prominent buttons for quick, full and custom scans in the main program window. The
same commands can be run from the Actions menu. You can also scan a file, folder or drive by rightclicking it in Finder, and clicking Scan with Bitdefender:
Update: You can manually update the malware definitions by clicking Actions, Update Virus Database
in the Mac menu bar. Malware definitions are downloaded automatically if AutoPilot is on.
Preferences: These can be accessed from the Antivirus for Mac menu.
Quarantine and Logs: You can find quarantine and logs in the Preferences dialog box (please see
screenshot above).
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Subscription information: The number of days the licence has left to run is shown in the bottom righthand corner of the program window.
Help: Clicking Help, Antivirus for Mac Help in the Mac menu bar opens the program’s comprehensive
manual, shown below:
How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
If real-time protection is disabled, the status display in the main window changes to show this:
Protection can be reactivated using the Autopilot slider switch just to the right of the status display.
If you inadvertently download a malicious program, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac will delete it, and
show an alert like the one below:
The alert closes after a few seconds. You do not need to take any action. A similar alert is shown for
potentially unwanted programs.
Support pages on vendor’s website
You can find Bitdefender’s support pages for the program here:
https://www.bitdefender.co.uk/support/consumer/antivirus-for-mac
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BitMedic AntiVirus
Which versions of Apple’s operating system does it work with?
10.12
What features does the program have?
BitMedic3 AntiVirus is a straightforward antimalware product with real-time protection.
Where can I find more information about the product?
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bitmedic-antivirus-malware-adware-security/id1001746820?mt=12
What we liked about the program
Installation is very quick and easy, and the quick-start guide displayed after setup is helpful. There is
a good range of scanning options, and the Anti-Virus Test File link is simple but innovative and helpful.
Tips for users
We would advise users to configure and activate the real-time protection feature; this needs to be
done individually for every for each user account on the Mac. At the bottom of the program window
is a link to the EICAR test file, which you can use to check that real-time protection is working.
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We would suggest that users might like to look at the Adware Preferences (shown below). These are
configured by default to remove any adware from the system.
Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
BitMedic AntiVirus is installed via the Mac App Store. When you first start the program after
installation, a 5-step guide to the product’s main features is displayed:
If you need to temporarily disable the protection, you can do this using the slider switch in the Health
Monitor section of the program window. You can uninstall the program by dragging its icon from the
Applications folder in Finder to the Trash. Users with a standard user account can disable the program,
but not uninstall it.
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Mac OS Integration
BitMedic AntiVirus adds its own menu to the Mac Menu bar:
There is also a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar), which has its own menu:
No changes are made to the Safari browser.
Finding essential features
Status: This is shown in the Health Monitor panel at the right-hand end of the program window.
Scans: You can run full or custom scans from the respective panels in the main program window. You
can also scan a specific file, folder or drive by right-clicking it in Finder and clicking Scan with
BtiMedic:
There is one more scanning option with BitMedic AntiVirus: you can drag and drop a file, folder or
drive to the Drop Here circle in the middle of the program window.
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Update: We could not find an update function in BitMedic Antivirus, and so assume it does not use
local signatures.
Preferences: These can be opened by clicking the cogwheel icon in the bottom right-hand corner of
the program window, or from the BitMedic menu.
Quarantine: You can open quarantine by clicking the button of the same name in the bottom lefthand corner of the program window.
Logs: We could not find a separate log function.
Subscription information: This is not applicable. Although BitMedic is not free, it is a one-off purchase,
and so there is no subscription fee.
Help: Clicking BitMedic Help in the Help menu reopens the post-installation product tour. Bitmedic
User Guide in the same menu opens the product’s online support pages.
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How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
If real-time protection is disabled, the Health Monitor symbol will change to show an alert:
To reactivate the protection, you just need to slide the switch back to On.
If you have activated the real-time protection and inadvertently download a malicious program,
BitMedic will quarantine the file and show the followng alert:
The alert closes after a few seconds. You do not need to take any action.
Support pages on vendor’s website
http://support.pocketbitsllc.com/user-guide-bitmedic-antivirus/
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ESET Cyber Security Pro
Which versions of Apple’s operating system does it work with?
Mac OS 10.6 - 10.12
What features does the program have?
In addition to antimalware features, ESET Cyber Security Pro includes phishing protection, a firewall,
and parental controls.
Where can I find more information about the product?
https://www.eset.com/int/home/cyber-security/
What we liked about the program
ESET Cyber Security Pro is a fully featured antivirus product with phishing protection. The program
interface is very well designed, allowing easy access to the many functions and options. Parents may
appreciate the parental control feature.
Tips for users
ESET Cyber Security Pro lets you scan individual files, folders and drives by right-clicking them and
selecting a scan option from the context menu. To enable this, open Preferences and click Context
Menu, Integrate into the context menu.
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Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
The setup wizard is very straightforward. If you want to, you can change the folder where the program
will be installed, and/or opt out of ESET’s LiveGrid data-sharing scheme. There is one decision to make,
namely whether to detect potentially unwanted applications. The wizard provides a description of
PUAs to help you decide:
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For our test, we chose to enable PUA detection. When setup is complete, a dialog box prompts you to
state whether the current network should be regarded as public, work or home (i.e. whether the
firewall should allow file sharing etc.):
If you need to temporarily disable the protection, this can be done from the System Tray menu or the
Setup page. The program can be uninstalled by dragging it from the Applications folder to the Trash,
or by rerunning the installer file. You can only disable the protection, or uninstall the program, if you
are using an administrator account.
Mac OS Integration
ESET Cyber Security Pro adds its own menu to the Mac menu bar:
There is also a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar), which has its own menu:
ESET Cyber Security Pro does not make any changes to the Safari browser.
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Finding essential features
Status: Security Status is shown in the main pane of the program window. As well as an overall status
display, there are icons for the four individual components Computer, Firewall, Web and Email, Parental
Control.
Scans: Clicking Computer Scan in the left-hand menu panel displays a range of scan options, including
scheduled scans:
Scans can also be started from the System Tray menu.
Update: To manually update malware definitions, you can click Update on the home page of the
program window, or the button in the left-hand menu pane. You can also change the automatic update
schedule if you want.
Preferences: These can be found by clicking Setup in the left-hand menu pane, then Enter application
preferences.
Quarantine and Logs: These can both be found by clicking Tools in the left-hand menu column.
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Subscription information: The main pane of the program window shows the licence expiry date.
Help: A range of help and support options is shown on the Help page, accessible from the left-hand
menu pane. This includes the local help file, shown below:
How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
If real-time protection is disabled, the status display in the program window shows a clear warning:
Reactivating protection: To switch the protection back on, you just need to click the Enable real-time
file system protection link.
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If you inadvertently download a malicious program, ESET displays the alert below:
You do not need to take any action. The alert disappears after a few seconds.
If you should accidentally download a potentially unwanted program (and have enabled detection of
these), a dialog box is shown that lets you decide whether you want to keep the program:
The box persists until you click one of the buttons.
Support pages on vendor’s website
http://support.eset.com/search/?search=cyber+security+pro&prod=SG_ESETCYBERSECURITYPRO_1
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Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9
Which versions of Apple’s operating system does it work with?
10.8 – 10.12
What features does the program have?
As well as the VirusBarrier antivirus program, the Premium Bundle includes the separate applications
Content Barrier (web filter), Net Barrier (firewall), Personal Backup, and Washing Machine
(performance optimiser).
Where can I find more information about the product?
https://www.intego.com/mac-protection-bundle
What we liked about the program
Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is a well-integrated suite. VirusBarrier is a fully featured antivirus
program with a well-designed modern interface. We like the overlay that gives an overview of the
program’s controls.
Tips for users
You can see the annotation overlay for the program window any time by clicking Help, Show Basic
Help in the Mac menu bar.
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Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
The setup wizard does not require you to make any decisions, but lets you change which folder the
program is installed to, and choose whether to install all the components:
When you first open the program, an overlay with annotations for the controls is shown:
If you need to disable the protection temporarily, you can easily do this using the slider switch in the
Real-Time Scanning section of the main window. You can uninstall VirusBarrier by dragging its icon
from the Applications\Intego folder to the Trash. You cannot disable protection or uninstall the
program unless you are using an administrator account.
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Mac OS Integration
There is a VirusBarrier menu added to the Mac menu bar:
There is also a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar). This has submenus for each of the
suite’s components; the VirusBarrier submenu is shown below.
Premium Bundle does not make any changes to the Safari browser.
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Finding essential features
Status: This is shown in the main pane of the program window
Scans: The My Mac button in the top right-hand corner of the program window lets you run a quick or
full scan, or change scanner settings [full/custom/scheduled/context menu]
Update: You can run a manual update of malware definitions by clicking VirusBarrier, Check for Updates
in the Mac menu bar.
Preferences: You can open the program’s preferences from the VirusBarrier menu.
Quarantine: Quarantine can be accessed from the button of the same name at the top of the program
window.
Logs: These can be accessed from the Window menu in the Mac menu bar.
Subscription information: This can be found by clicking VirusBarrier, About VirusBarrier in the Mac
menu bar.
Help: Clicking Help, VirusBarrier Help in the Mac menu bar opens the program’s online manual.4
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https://support.intego.com/hc/en-us/articles/223149367-VirusBarrier-X9-User-Manual
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How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
If real-time protection is disabled, the status display text shows an alert:
Reactivating protection: You can reactivate the protection very simply, by clicking Turn on
If you inadvertently download a malicious program, VirusBarrier will display the alert below:
The alert is displayed until you click either Trust or Quarantine. The same alert is shown if you
accidentally download a potentially unwanted program.
Support pages on vendor’s website
https://support.intego.com/hc/en-us/articles/223149367-VirusBarrier-X9-User-Manual
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Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac
Which versions of Apple’s operating system does it work with?
10.11 – 10.12
What features does the program have?
In addition to malware protection, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac includes parental controls,
Safe Money and Privacy Protection. Furthermore, a feature to check the security level of Wi-Fi
connections is available, which notifies the user about non-secured connections and offers to install
and use Kaspersky Lab’s free VPN client instead.
Where can I find more information about the product?
https://www.kaspersky.com/mac-security
What we liked about the program
Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac provides a full range of antivirus features in a well-designed, easyto-use modern interface. We particularly liked the scanning options page.
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Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
Installing the program is very simple and takes only a couple of clicks. There are no decisions to make,
although you can opt out of participating in the Kaspersky Security Network (data-sharing scheme). If
you need to temporarily disable the protection, you can do this from the System Tray menu. You
cannot disable the protection or uninstall the program unless you are using an administrator account.
Mac OS Integration
Kaspersky adds its own menu to the Mac menu bar:
There is also a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar), which has its own menu:
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Finding essential features
Status: This can be found in the top half of the program window.
Scans: The Scan button in the bottom left-hand corner of the program window gives you the choice
of quick, full or scheduled scans:
You can also scan a particular folder or file by dragging it to the window, or by right-clicking it in
Finder and clicking Scan for Viruses from the shortcut menu:
Update: You can run a manual update of malware definitions from the Update button in the lower
pane of the program window.
Quarantine: This can be opened by clicking Protection, Detected objects in the Mac menu bar.
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Preferences: These can be opened from the Kaspersky Internet Security menu, or the System Tray menu.
Logs: You can see these by clicking Reports in the Protection menu
Subscription information: The number of days remaining on the licence is shown in the bottom righthand corner of the program window.
Help: Clicking Help, Kaspersky Internet Security Help in the Mac menu bar opens the program’s help
file:
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How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
If real-time protection is disabled, the status display will change to alert you:
Reactivating protection: The Enable button does precisely that. If you inadvertently download a
malicious program, Kaspersky Internet Security will block the download, and display an alert:
The status display will then state “1 object has been quarantined recently”.
If you go into Preferences, Threats and check Legitimate software that can be used buy intruders to
damage your computer or personal data, a similar alert is shown for potentially unwanted programs.
Support pages on vendor’s website
https://support.kaspersky.com/kis18mac
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Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete
Which versions of Apple’s operating system does it work with?
10.7.3 - 10.12
What features does the program have?
In addition to antivirus features, Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete includes
phishing protection and online backup.
Where can I find more information about the product?
https://www.webroot.com/us/en/home/products/complete
What we liked about the program
SecureAnywhere stands out for its speed of installation and scanning.
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Installing, deactivating and uninstalling the product
The installation wizard is very quick and simple. It does not require you to make any decisions, but
lets you choose from about a dozen European and Asian interface languages. If you need to disable
the protection temporarily, you can easily do this using the slider switch in the top right of the main
window. The program can be uninstalled by dragging its icon from the Applications folder to the Trash.
You can only uninstall Webroot SecureAnywhere if you are using an administrator account. Any user
can completely shut down the program, although this can by going to Advanced Settings\General and
unchecking Allow SecureAnywhere to be shut down manually.
Mac OS Integration
Webroot SecureAnywhere adds its own menus to the Mac Menu bar. The main menu is shown below:
There is also a System Tray icon (right-hand end of the menu bar), which has its own menu:
Two extensions for the Safari browser, Password Manager and Web Filter, are installed.
Finding essential features
Status: The status of the Realtime Shield and Web Threat Shield is shown in the top right of the program
window.
Scans: You can run a scan by clicking Scan My Computer in the main program window or System Tray
menu. By going into Preferences, Scan Settings, you can specify whether a full scan or quick scan is
run each time.
Update: SecureAnywhere does not use local malware definitions, so there is no need for a database
update feature. The Check for Updates function in the main menu checks for newer program versions.
Preferences: These can be opened by clicking Advanced Settings in the top right-hand corner of the
program window.
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Quarantine: There is a link to Quarantine in the top right-hand corner of the window
Logs: These can be found under Reports in the Utilities menu.
Subscription information: the number of days remaining on the licence is shown in the main panel of
the program window.
Help: You can open the online help pages by clicking Help, SecureAnywhere Help in the Mac menu bar.
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How does the program warn you about problems and threats?
If real-time protection is disabled, the status display in the main panel of the window shows a
prominent alert:
Reactivating protection: To reactivate the protection, you just need to click Enable Now.
If you inadvertently download a malicious program, SecureAnywhere will automatically quarantine it.
If the program discovers malware in a scan, it will display the following dialog box:
To remove the malware, you need to click Next, and then Begin Threat Removal on the next page. The
same dialog box is shown if you should accidentally download a potentially unwanted program.
Support pages on vendor’s website
https://www.webroot.com/us/en/support/support-home
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Featurelist Mac (as of July 2017)
Product name:
Supported Mac OS versions:
Supported Program languages:
FREE
FREE
COMMERCIAL
COMMERCIAL
COMMERCIAL
Avast Mac Security
AVG AntiVirus for Mac
AVIRA Antivirus Pro for Mac
Bitdefender Antivirus for
Mac
BitMedic AntiVirus &
Malware Security
10.6 and up
10.8 and up
10.10 and up
10.9.5 and up
English, German, Czech,
Spanish, Finnish, French,
Italian, Dutch, Polish,
Korean, Portuguese,
Russian, Swedish,
Norwegian
English
English, German
English, German, French,
Italian, Spanish, Czech,
Dutch, Greek, Japanese,
Korean, Polish, Portuguese,
Romanian, Turkish
COMMERCIAL
COMMERCIAL
COMMERCIAL
COMMERCIAL
Webroot SecureAnywhere
Kaspersky Internet Security
Internet Security Complete
for Mac
for Mac
ESET Cyber Security Pro
Intego Mac Premium
Bundle
10.12 and up
10.6 and up
10.8 and up
10.11 and up
10.7.3 and up
English
English, Czech, Danish,
Dutch, Finnish, French,
German, Hungarian,
Chinese, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Norwegian, Polish,
Portuguese, Russian, Slovak,
Spanish, Swedish, Thai,
Turkish
English, French, German,
Japanese, Spanish
English, Chinese, Danish,
Dutch, Finnish, French,
German, Italian, Japanese,
Norwegian, Polish,
Portuguese, Russian,
Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
English, Chinese, Dutch,
French, German, Italian,
Japanese, Korean,
Portuguese, Russian,
Spanish, Turkish
Protection
Real-Time protection
On-demand scanner
limited detection
of Windows threats
Detects also threats for Windows platform
limited detection
of Windows threats
limited detection
of Windows threats
Detects also PUA on Mac
Prevents access to malicious and phishing web sites
Quarantine
Whitelisting for specific files/folders
Cloud Scanning (requires internet connection)
Scheduled Update
Scheduled On Demand Scan
Statistics
Additional features
Parental Control
Mail Protection
Firewall
Removable media blocking
Other features
Home network security,
Password manager, VPN
Time Machine Protection
Webcam protection, Private
Backup, System optimizer,
browsing, Network attack
Identity protection,
protection, Secured
Password manager
browser for online banking
Game/Presentation mode
Support
Online Help and/or User Forum
Email and/or Phone Support
User manual
Online Chat
Supported languages (of support)
Price (may vary)
Price 1 Mac / 1 year (USD/EUR)
English, German, Spanish,
English, Czech, German,
French, Italian, Portuguese,
French, Italian, Dutch,
Russian, Czech
Polish, Spanish, Portuguese
FREE
FREE
English, German, French,
English, German, French,
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese,
Italian, Dutch, Russian,
Romanian, Turkish, Czech,
Spanish, Portuguese,
Dutch, Greek, Japanese,
Chinese, Japanese, Malay
Korean
USD 35 / 35 EUR
USD 40 / 40 EUR
English
All
English, French, Japanese
English, Arabic, Chinese,
Danish, Dutch, Finnish,
French, German, Italian,
Japanese, Korean,
Norwegian, Polish,
Portuguese, Russian,
Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
USD 60 / 60 EUR
USD 45 / 35 EUR
USD 90 / 75 EUR
USD 40 / 40 EUR
All
USD 60 / 75 EUR
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