Finding the best Antivirus application for your Mac is not easy. There are the obvious parameters which need to
sort and rank the good from the bad, like malware detection score, anti-phishing protection and system impact on scanning. Extra’s like own firewall, parental control, backup software, web protection are to be taken in consideration regarding price and provided features by buyers.

AV-Test 2016 provides honest and true malware detection scores of the main developers, trying to duplicate their extensive research is wast of time, as they are acknowledged by all companies.
So ‘ what is left to research ‘ Antivirus scan behavior?

  • – Antivirus malware detection scores are known ( AV-Test 2016 )
  • – Impact on system load scores are known ( AV-Test 2016 )
  • – Features of applications are found on developers websites

– ” System scanning performance ( speed ) is being talked about but not found in graphs “

This review is performed with the mayor and best known applications and tested at normal user level and system load.

  • 1 Map with 9 Gb Zip-files
  • 1 Map with 5 Gb Mac DMG files
  • 1 Map with 1.4 Gb Mac apps
  • 1 Map with 40 Gb Docx/Excel files
  • 1 Map with 165 Gb mixed files

Prior to every scan run, memory was optimized in order to have no influence on results. Scanning the provided maps showed some strange differences between the Antivirus contesters.
None were consistent overall, and presented values changing on scanned file-type. These results show developers use different algorithms and priority code in their software.
While it is good to see the differences in behavior in scan results on specific file types, our harddisks are populated with a mix of file types, making the mixed test most important.

** AVIRA Antivirus Mac Pro skipped scanning the presented DMG files. AVIRA was not unarchiving the dmg files to perform an in-depth scan.  AVIRA helpdesk was contacted as I felt the .dmg scan performance is not what a antivirus protection should be doing. AVIRA Technical service confirmed AVIRA is NOT scanning DMG files, but uses its Real-Time protection to respond when unarchiving a .dmg file by the user. This DMG in-depth scanning will be implemented in a future version of AVIRA I am told.


ESET Cyber Security Pro

  • Block viruses and hackers Anti-Phishing protects your identity by preventing fake websites from stealing sensitive information.
  • Protect your identity Social media scanner blocks malicious content and lets you manage your personal info on social media.
  • Protect social networks Free, U.S.-based email and phone support keeps you running smoothly.
  • Enjoy free support Automatic banking protection opens a special secured browser for online shopping/banking.
  • Shop safely online Personal firewall blocks Wi-Fi hackers trying to steal your account details and other sensitive data.
  • Stay safe on Wi-Fi® Parental Control lets you filter websites by age group or content to keep kids safe online.
  • Protect your family Anti-Theft lets you track, locate and remotely erase a lost or stolen mobile device.

AVIRA Antivirus for Mac Pro

  • Antivirus Scanner Award-winning protection from malware (viruses, Trojans, worms, etc.) Smart A.I. Unique, deep-learning algorithms protect you from the latest threats.
  • Avira Intelligent Repair System Best-in-class technology that repairs all damage caused by malware to your files.
  • PUA Shield Identifies potentially unwanted applications hidden within legitimate software.
  • Web Protection* Blocks malicious and phishing websites from loading.

BITDEFENDER Antivirus for Mac

  • Blocks and removes annoying adware
  • Zero negative impact on speed Provides non-stop protection with Bitdefender AutopilotTM
  • Secures your online shopping experience
  • Protects against Mac and PC malware Delivers 24/7 Cloud-based guard duty


  • Antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware
  • Firewall network protection for home and on the go
  • Parental controls with website and application blocking
  • Protects sensitive personal information
  • Mac Cleaner speeds up and organizes your Mac
  • Personal Backup software for quick and easy recovery in case of a crash



The final verdict is based on the scanning ability of the application. The more expensive applications ESET and INTEGO offer more really useful features, but it is up to you to decide if you need these additions.
ESET Cyber Security Pro was an overall winner in terms of measured performance, protection and security results.

AVIRA Antivirus Pro doesn’t scan DMG-files which makes it incompatible for the final mixed test. We think it will score between Eset and Intego if it were to include unarchive dmg-file and scan. 

In the end you can’t go wrong with any of these applications. 


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