The Best Antivirus Software for Mac 2016

Protect your data and privacy

Nick Moore
Updated 03-10-2017

The operating software of MacBooks and iMacs, is well renowned to be a far more secure than Windows. That being said, no operating system is completely safe from malicious software on its own. And considering the constantly evolving online threats, it is of the highest importance to protect your data and privacy. To help you accomplish this, we have analysed the best antivirus software for Mac of 2016, inspecting both their effectiveness against malware, as well their impact on the performance of you Mac.

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Overall Score Mac Score combining Protection, Features and Support 100% 97% 95% 93%
Money Back Guarantee Duration of return policy 60 days 30 days 30 días 30 días
Antivirus protection Detection and protection from malware, viruses and more
Online payment protection Keeps all your online banking and shopping details secure
Firewall Mac Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Supported platforms Devices you can protect using this software
Amount of devices The amount of devices you can protect with one purchase 1-10 1-Unlimited 1-3 1
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McAfee
Bitdefender
Kaspersky

Norton Security 2016

California-based Symantec has been a top contender in the antivirus industry for many years. And in 2016, this is no different. With Norton Security 2016, it has surpassed the vast majority of all rivals on both Windows and Mac, making it part of the best in the market. It is on par with the excellent service offered by McAfee, offering impenetrable protection against malware and phishing threats, while using very low resources. Simply put: Norton offers exceptional protection, offline and online, while allowing your Mac to remain as smooth as ever.

McAfee Antivirus Plus & Internet Security 2016

McAfee Antivirus 2016 fits your Mac like a glove. Offering industry leading protection against all types of malicious software, combined with excellent anti-phishing (anti-fraud) tools, it keeps you completely safe, both offline and online. Being built to be lightweight, McAfee for Mac operates rapidly, security and discretely in the background, not compromising the natural smoothness of your Mac’s operating system. Together with Norton, it is the cream of the crops when it comes to antivirus software, and comes highly recommended.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac 2016

BitDefender Antivirus 2016 offers Mac OS computers with the added layer of security its missing, by protecting them from both malicious software as well phishing (the attempt to steal privacy sensitive data). Coming with a range of additional bonus features, such as parental control, extra file protection (including online backup), a password manager and a file shredder, makes it a very complete security suite and worthy of a position amongst the best in the industry (McAfee, Norton and Kaspersky). 

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac 2016

Kaspersky does not offer its entry-level software (called antivirus) for Mac. Instead, it offers mid-level software only, called Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac 2016. This software includes all the security features you are used to from antivirus software, while combining it with online protection such as payment protection (important if you shop and bank online) and parental control. The latter offers you access to a filter to prevent our children and family members from navigating to inappropriate, fraudulent or paid-content websites.  

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Parental control IS Protect your children and family members with smart filters
Score Internet Security Score combining Protection, Features and Support 98%
Antispam Internet Security Filters unwanted messages (spam) out of your mailbox
Firewall Internet Security Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Password protection IS Remembers and secures your passwords
Windows 10 Compatible Windows 10 Compatible
Overall Score Score combining Protection, Features and Support 96%
Firewall Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
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Overall Score Mac Score combining Protection, Features and Support 97%
Money Back Guarantee Duration of return policy 30 days
Antivirus protection Detection and protection from malware, viruses and more
Online payment protection Keeps all your online banking and shopping details secure
Firewall Mac Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Supported platforms Devices you can protect using this software
Amount of devices The amount of devices you can protect with one purchase 1-Unlimited
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Parental control IS Protect your children and family members with smart filters
Score Internet Security Score combining Protection, Features and Support
Antispam Internet Security Filters unwanted messages (spam) out of your mailbox
Firewall Internet Security Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Password protection IS Remembers and secures your passwords
Windows 10 Compatible Windows 10 Compatible
Overall Score Score combining Protection, Features and Support
Firewall Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Temporary Discount Don’t miss out, save money!
Overall Score Mac Score combining Protection, Features and Support 95%
Money Back Guarantee Duration of return policy 30 días
Antivirus protection Detection and protection from malware, viruses and more
Online payment protection Keeps all your online banking and shopping details secure
Firewall Mac Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Supported platforms Devices you can protect using this software
Amount of devices The amount of devices you can protect with one purchase 1-3
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Parental control IS Protect your children and family members with smart filters
Score Internet Security Score combining Protection, Features and Support
Antispam Internet Security Filters unwanted messages (spam) out of your mailbox
Firewall Internet Security Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Password protection IS Remembers and secures your passwords
Windows 10 Compatible Windows 10 Compatible
Overall Score Score combining Protection, Features and Support
Firewall Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Temporary Discount Don’t miss out, save money!
Overall Score Mac Score combining Protection, Features and Support 93%
Money Back Guarantee Duration of return policy 30 días
Antivirus protection Detection and protection from malware, viruses and more
Online payment protection Keeps all your online banking and shopping details secure
Firewall Mac Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Supported platforms Devices you can protect using this software
Amount of devices The amount of devices you can protect with one purchase 1
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Parental control IS Protect your children and family members with smart filters
Score Internet Security Score combining Protection, Features and Support 100%
Antispam Internet Security Filters unwanted messages (spam) out of your mailbox
Firewall Internet Security Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Password protection IS Remembers and secures your passwords
Windows 10 Compatible Windows 10 Compatible
Overall Score Score combining Protection, Features and Support 100%
Firewall Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Temporary Discount Don’t miss out, save money! 25%
Overall Score Mac Score combining Protection, Features and Support 100%
Money Back Guarantee Duration of return policy 60 days
Antivirus protection Detection and protection from malware, viruses and more
Online payment protection Keeps all your online banking and shopping details secure
Firewall Mac Keeps hackers and destructive elements out of your computer
Supported platforms Devices you can protect using this software
Amount of devices The amount of devices you can protect with one purchase 1-10
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  • What is the best antivirus software for Mac in 2016?

    The answer is in principle very simple: One that combines the most complete and effective protection against malware threats and hackers, with the least amount of impact on the performance of your Mac’s operating system. Because after all, Mac users pay a premium for  the exceptional performance, speed and fluidity that are the hallmarks of Apple devices. Adding an additional layer of protection, should not compromise this.

    In the line-up of the best antivirus above, BitDefender, Norton and Kaspersky are all up to this task.

    In our buying guide of the best antivirus software for Windows, we explore the topic of antivirus in-depth. Among others, we answer questions such as “what is antivirus?”, “what is malware?”, “what types of malware exist?”, “do I need antivirus?”, “what is the difference between free and paid?” and “what types of antivirus software exist?”. If you are faced with any of these questions, we recommend you to have a look. 

    Below we will discuss what to look for, specifically in antivirus for Mac. 

    What to look for in antivirus software and internet security for Mac?

    To help you select the best program for your needs, we would like to introduce you to two subjects:

    • The independent tests labs that analyse all antivirus software in depth. These can help you select the best software based on their protection, performance an usability scores. 
    • The features to look out for.

    Independent lab tests

    Malware takes a great variety of forms, varying from trojans, worms, viruses, adware, spyware, key-loggers to phishing scams. There are several independent testing organisation that each year test all antivirus brands, across a range of operating systems (including Mac), for their effectiveness in dealing with these forms of malware. These organisations are: 

    • AV-Comparatives
    • AV-Test
    • Dennis Technology Labs
    • ICSA Labs
    • Virus Bulletin
    • West Coast Labs

    Although each of them are great institutions in their own right, we consider the German AV Test as the international leader and most authoritative testing organisation. Therefor, we follow their 3 chapter segmentation, ranging from protection, performance to usability, to analyse the best leading security software of 2016.

    Protection

    Under the chapter of protection, antivirus programs are tested for their effective detection of, and protection from, Malware. AV Test performs these analysis by installing antivirus software on a range of malware-free devices and then exposing them the malware threats. The devices are exposed using online sources (email and websites) as well offline (hard drives, local networks and usb drives). Once exposed, the company measures how effective the software was in detecting and eliminating the threat.

    In our comparison, you can find a score from 0 to 100% under the “protection” tab. A higher score indicates that the software was more capable in handling the malware threats. 

    Performance

    Another factor to consider before purchasing and downloading antivirus for your Mac, is the amount of resources it will require from your Apple computer. The different antivirus and internet security programs for Mac all solve the same problem, but approach it in different ways. This in turn leads to a different usage of the resources (CPU, RAM) of your Mac. 

    AV Test measures the impact of the antivirus software on the performance speed of 13 different processes in your Mac. The most important ones being: 

    • Downloading files online
    • Copying and distributing files locally and on a network
    • Installing software
    • Running and using commonly tools like Excel or Word

    In our comparison above, this is expressed under the “performance” feature, in which a higher score means that the software has less impact on your Mac’s performance. 

    Usability

    Outside of protection and performance, it is crucial that antivirus is very capable of detecting malware threats, without sending you (too many) false alarms (called false positives). AV Test analyses this ratio of true detection rate and the amount of false alarms under the chapter of usability. 

    In our comparison above, you can see the usability score in which a higher scores means a more positive ratio between detection rate and false alarms. In other words: If a product has a 100% score, it detected all malware, and did not give any false alarms. 

    Features


    User Interface

    Although antivirus software is not something most users spend a significant amount of time on, the interface is nonetheless very important. It not only needs to be clean, but more importantly, it needs to guide you clearly and directly through the various menus and security options, while explaining the various features in an easy, and intuitive manner. We take both the look and feel of the software, as well as the ease of use and clarity of explanation into consideration in our ranking. 

    Additional Features

    Antivirus and internet security are known as security suites, which means they come packed with more than just antivirus scanning and malware protection. Below are some of the bonus tools, outside of the standard antivirus protection, that we consider most important:

    Password Generators and Managers: To help you use secure and unique passwords for a all your favourite websites (highly recommended), a password generator helps you generate separate hard-to-break passwords for each individual site. As a great variety of highly complex passwords is obviously difficult to memorise, the software does that for you and even allows you to access all your websites by using only one master password.

    Secure Keyboard: When opening a payment portal like Paypal, a payment facility on an e-commerce store or your online banking, the security suite automatically prevents key-loggers from accessing the data you type on your keyboard (key-loggers are hackers that use software to track what you physically type on your keyboard, in order to retrieve passwords and banking details). 

    Virtual Keyboard: Solving the same problem as the security keyboard, the virtual keyboard also protects you form key-loggers. Using a virtual keyboard, you can type sensitive information into your computer without using your normal, everyday keyboard. Instead, you use your mouse to enter the data.

    Parental Control: It does exactly what the name suggest. Through smart filters, this technology allows you to protect your children and family members from inappropriate content, making unexpected purchases, disclosure from sensitive and private information, and even from sexual predators. 

    File Shredders, Encryption and Back-ups: Automatic backups of your most important files, help you keep your photos and files safe. The encryption in turn, allows you to turn important and confidential files into unreadable documents for unauthorised users. Finally, the file shredder helps you to permanently delete files, so that even master hackers can’t retrieve them from your hard-drive. 

    Customer Support

    Customer support varies per language, and it always pays to check what support is offered in your own language. In English, it includes 24/7 phone, chat and email support in the most ideal circumstances. Although hours are sometimes restricted, as well as the methods of contacting your antivirus provider. 

    All set

    Okay, now are you are an expert in the world of security software and ready to choose the best antivirus or internet security for your Mac. For more information on the various products, please visit our product pages where we provide in-depth analysis for each. 

    We offer advice on antivirus in a great variety of languages. If you would like to read more in a different language please view our antivirus section in Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish

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