Like me, you probably never heard of Airo Antivirus or its developer AiroAV. The company started one year ago in 2019, and their vision is exclusively focused on macOS and first antivirus solution for the Mac desktop. Well they certainly changed the basic known applications into a modern interface. Their offices are located in San Diego and Tel Aviv, where Airo aims to be the primary choice for Mac users looking to deal with and prevent Mac-specific malware.
AIRO ANTIVIRUS GOAL
A new brand faces stiff competition from all well-known developers like Bitdefender, Norton and Intego. You might ask yourself ‘why dive in a crowded pool’ and earn your place in the top. It must be their determination to provide users with the best possible antivirus application solely for Mac. So far Airo is doing very well, while the only known internet-testing facility to look at Airo is AV-Test. In December 2019, AV-Test gave Airo a 100 percent rating based on its detection of widespread and prevalent malware test, which had 145 samples.
That’s a great result for a new and first rolled out release of Airo Antivirus. AV-Test also ran Airo Antivirus up against more than 71,000 legitimate software samples to check any flags as malware, and passed.
Airo being focused on the Mac native engine doesn’t detect Windows malware. Being a pure Mac application (engine), Airo might become a Windows virus carrier. In order to tackle this weakness AiroAV uses the scan-engine of Bitdefender beside their own engine for Mac malware. To test the capabilities of AiroAV ourselves we used the EICAR zip file containing all known viruses and malware. The result was 100% detection and NO errors whatsoever.
AI TECHNOLOGY claim
Mac threats are real, they’re nasty and they mean business. Lucky for you, we come prepared. Bringing some serious AI brainpower into the mix. Airo’s self-learning machine capabilities increase by the minute. Running circles around any creep that tries to keep up.
SETUP & INTERFACE
After downloading the install.dmg the setup involves no extra reboot in order to activate files. Its a just a no-brainer really. In contrast to other av-applications, Airo is not located on the dock, but with a dropdown from the menu bar. This shows Airo is integrating the antivirus in your Mac’s system rather then a stand alone solution. It now is easier to check/activate or use your virusscanner, it also gives you the option the open Airo as a window (standalone).
From the menubar the dropdown interface provides an overview of options and information.
The quick scan button (pictured left) is clearly present . Just lower shows the last scan: time, and the last time: updated. Somewhat less profound ‘Scan options’ is situated right from Last scan. These scan options are sufficient although scheduling is absent !
Towards the bottom of the panel are icons for Status, Threats (Airo’s history section), Settings, and Account.
The Settings section provides options for scanning files in real time, blocking adware, scareware, and suspicious files, and cloud protection. Cloud Protection is not activated by default, as this might need sharing metadata from files on your computer to cloud.
Furthermore you can also turn on an option under Settings > Scanning options to scan external connected drives and other devices connected to your Mac. The option to skip certain file types, is available for users to exclude for instance .jpg files from scanning to save on scan time overall.
Airo Antivirus for Mac also offers free browser extensions for Chrome as well as Safari. These extensions protect your browsing against malware, adware, scareware, spyware, and “suspicious” files. Anti-Phishing protection works well and is readily available but not quite at the top standard Airo wants it to be. Support states that the anti-phishing capability detection is improved on-going and up to the desired highest level through new updates. So Airo ( like all) is perfecting its application and extensions for future updates. Phishing can be tested at this location https://www.amtso.org/feature-settings-check-phishing-page/ Still I can’t tell for sure how evolved phishing detection really is.
SETTINGS of AIRO
Below some images of Airo’s settings.
Scheduling of Airo Antivirus is somewhat different to all other antivirus applications. Having NO scheduling setting or button, users might think the scheduling is absent altogether in Airo antivirus. Support solved the scheduling remark for me:
Hello Harrij, If you are referring to scheduled scans, Airo does daily and weekly scans to make sure the computer stays clean and safe to use.
Shahar Airo support team
Support is important for any application as users always need some help getting their problem or question solved. Airo we found, has limited support which is a bit of let down.
BOOTTIME SCAN & REGISTRATION
Some viruses and other threats are very sophisticated. Some viruses , even after delete, as soon as your operating system becomes active, duplicate themselves. A true boottime scan is not available right now. To register your subscription, you need to create an account. To verify the account an email is sent to to user, it does take a while before the to be checked email arrives in your inbox. As a result ( I kept clicking, and nothing appeared ) you may end up with several late reactions from its server. Something that should be fixed, as it should not be difficult to have a fast server and algorithm running.
SERVICE & PRICING
AiroAV support is not available 24h, but response time is about 24 ~ 48 hours or at times none! Airo antivirus is fairly high priced, although their AV-scores are excellent, but is without any bonus frills like firewall, VPN, or such.
Being a newcomer in the antivirus segment, the Airo Antivirus application is very good. It’s really easy to understand, and scores top marks on detection tests. System impact is low, and scanning is fast. It’s also easy to access options for a full scan or to scan a specific folder. At the moment, scheduling is implemented in the app itself, running daily and one a week. Personally I would also like to see the ability to drag-and-drop files for scanning or right-click scan activation, and a top notch support. Pricing of Airo Antivirus is fair and gives you protection for 5 Mac’s. Top marks on detection and system impact should be more then enough for any buyer to consider this truly Mac antivirus application. It really only gets better in future releases.
Broadcom Inc. is a global infrastructure technology leader built on 50 years of innovation, collaboration and engineering excellence.
With roots based in the rich technical heritage of AT&T/Bell Labs, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard/Agilent, Broadcom focuses on technologies that connect our world. Through the combination of industry leaders Broadcom, LSI, Broadcom Corporation, Brocade, CA Technologies and Symantec, the company has the size, scope and engineering talent to lead the industry into the future..
Broadcom is focused on technology leadership and category-leading semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions. The company is a global leader in numerous product segments serving the world’s most successful companies. Broadcom Inc. combines global scale, engineering depth, broad product portfolio diversity, superior execution and operational focus to deliver category-leading semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions so its customers can build and grow successful businesses in a constantly changing environment.
Installation of Norton 360 Deluxe Mac proofed easy and straightforward. The basic installation needs a reboot for completing, nothing special as some other developers have an equal procedure. Make sure to uninstall any other antivirus on your Mac before adding Norton. Two similar programs can produce a lot of problems on your running Mac. During installation the installer asks for permission to install a helper tool. After reboot, open Norton 360 and make sure to run LiveUpdate. In order to get a running and fully working application, you need to grant full access to files and folder through System Preferences. You will be prompted to set these options before continuing the setup. The first thing you will notice after full setup is the new interface of Norton while you still can opt for the classic interface. To complete all options presented you will need to use the web-based interface of Norton. Surprisingly the offered option “Cloud Backup”, is NOT available for Mac users ! This is not mentioned specifically when choosing your version from the website. Support from Norton is not aware of any future implementation of this feature for Mac users.
Now the big question Why or DO we need an Antivirus software application for our Mac computers ?
So do Macs get viruses? The answer is simple Yes and Yes they need protection. Although a Mac is considered more safe to PC’s, they also face the same treats as PC’s do. In the past Mac’s were not widely used on our planet so they were less interesting to people trying to pry in your computer software and look for any interesting data like your bankaccount and used passwords etcetera. But in recent years, as Mac’s popularity has grown, Macs have gained the attention of those looking to hijack data or make you visit websites that are after your credentials or money. We have a complete list of all the Mac viruses, malware and security flaws that have hit the operating system here.
Despite this interest, Macs have generally remained fairly secure. Thanks to the fact that MacOS is based on Unix, a kind of default security is build-in. Apple itself has included Gatekeeper and number of security measures that make attacking a Mac particularly challenging. Gatekeeper, blocks software that hasn’t been digitally approved by Apple from running on your Mac without your agreement.
Still plenty of risks left, and Macs haven’t managed to completely avoid being targeted. According to a report from Malwarebytes in August 2017, there was a 230 per cent increase in Mac malware in 2017. So YES your Mac needs protection! Now there is a fast growing list of developers specialised in antivirus security all claiming to be best to buy. Of course if life was that simple, there would be only one software application available on the marker solving all our problems.
We (Macsoftreview) are not able to simply setup a full known malware and virus database for checking the software’s capabilities in catching exploits and vulnerabilities. We do rely on AV-TEST which is the best known It-Security Institute from Germany. They are able to test in absolute equal conditions for every package, and measure system impact is most accurate on their systems. Updates are performed on a regular bases to check if later software-editions have evolved. Below the latest independent test shows all scores. Norton 360 Deluxe scores a full 100% detection rate !
If you want to combine some of the best identity-theft protection with some of the best antivirus protection, one of the three Norton 360 with LifeLock plans is for you. This edition of Norton 360 is available in three different packages, Norton 360 Standard, Norton 360 Deluxe, Norton 360 with LifeLock The Lifelock version is though being a great protection scheme, a costly package for most users.
NortonLifeLock delivers comprehensive protection for your Cyber Safety
As cyberthreats evolve, consumers need a single ally for device security, identity theft protection, and online privacy. Navigating today’s digital universe is complex and can leave consumers feeling out of control – with cybercriminals creating malware and phishing, ransomware and viruses, data breaches and unsecure Wi-Fi connections. We help protect you and your family when online with solutions that keep you Cyber Safe.
Device Security – Multi-layered, advanced security helps protect your devices and information from online threats like viruses, malware, and phishing. Identity Theft Protection – We monitor for threats to your identity and provide restoration services to help if you do have an identity theft issue. Online Privacy – Virtual private networking helps protect your privacy when information is being sent or received over Wi-Fi, wired, or mobile connections. Home & Family – We help families enjoy connected devices worry-free with solutions like Parental Controls.
This review of Norton 360 Deluxe has the following features available, but not all features are available for all operating systems!
Real-time Threat Protection – Multi-layered, advanced security helps protect against malware threats to your devices, and help protect your private and financial information .
Secure VPN – Browse anonymously and securely with a no-log VPN.
Dark Web MonitoringPowered by LifeLock We monitor and notify you if we find your personal information on the Dark Web.§
Password Manager – Easily create, store, and manage your passwords, credit card information and other credentials online – safely and securely.
50GB Cloud Backup – Automatic, secure cloud backup for PCs – NOT MAC USERS !!
Parental Control – Manage your kids’ activities online.
SafeCam – Get notified if cybercriminals try to use your webcam, ONLY WINDOWS !!
ANTIVIRUS & PRIVACY
Though many features are nice, the most important factor for buying a antivirus program is still its ability to protect you 100%. AV-Testing resulted in Norton detecting every instance of known “widespread” malware and of previously unseen “zero-day” malware in all 12 monthly evaluations by German lab AV-Test from January through December 2019.
Norton products, include a two-way firewall, an unlimited password manager and a file-backup program. They also include the company’s Safe Web browser extensions, which work with Safari, Chrome and Firefox. Safe Web’s Isolation Mode renders the contents of known dangerous sites as read-only. If you connect to a banking site, Norton runs the browser session in a virtual machine. Norton’s 360 malware-detection engine takes up few system resources in the background, but more resource impact during active scans. (Best set the scans to run overnight.)
Detection of widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 months (the AV-TEST reference set)145 samples used
Norton 360 comes with a no limit VPN solution integrated in the Deluxe package. Bitdefender is also equipped with a VPN but has a really low daily usage limit, which makes it unusable really. Norton however boasts a full No Limit and No logging VPN. Browse anonymously and securely with a no-log VPN. Add bank-grade encryption to help keep your information like passwords and bank details secure and private. So what’s not to like about the VPN, well that’s easy as it supports very limited servers globally (has servers in 29 different countries and 73 locations.). However in Europe you will always find a server available and for the Netherlands even brilliant speeds. ( See VPN Speed below )
The settings are limited but connections are fast and stable. I really enjoyed using the Norton VPN solution. Again this great option adds value to this full packages deal. The interface of Norton 360 is somewhat strange, as it takes some clicking your mouse button to see how the VPN interface opens as it is not present in the menubar, rather then just only the ‘connect’ or ‘disconnect’ button. Still when you’re all familiar its a very good VPN.
Though Norton claims No Logging policy for this VPN, you should realise that Norton is based in the USA and therefore committed to US laws. Us laws do not permit No logging ! You do get noticed if officials want to trace you down. Testing ip6 security, Norton VPN hides your IP in a truly safe way, as are any DNS leaks. Still for ordinary use, this VPN works well for daily practice.
Norton 360 Deluxe is providing a true No logging VPN and great speed. The examples below shows a speed image with NO VPN active, and the second with a VPN choice activated. Normally many servers create a fair speed drop of 40% easy, while our tested speeds only drop somewhat on ‘upload’. I am very very pleased with its performance.
Easily create, store, and manage your passwords, credit card information and other credentials online – safely and securely. A password manager should be on every computer really. Nowadays you make yourself vulnerable if you use the same password frequent, in order to protect yourself you better use a different password for any website visited. You don’t want to become a victim of identity theft, believe me. The setup is not inside the application but is web based, this is unlike many other antivirus programs which are more controlled from within the application itself. It did make me click around somewhat to find the places and final setup. Once installed and active it works very well and again this is a true bonus for this package. It does not have the features and smooth interface like Dashlane of course, but it is free and part of a great deal.
The Smart Firewall monitors the communications between your computer and other computers on the Internet. It also protects your computer from such common security problems as the following:
Improper connection attempts
Warns you of connection attempts from other computers and of attempts by programs on your computer to connect to other computers
Cloaks the inactive ports on your computer thereby providing protection against attacks through hacking techniques such as port scanning
Monitors the network traffic to or from your computer for suspicious behavior and stops any attack before they threaten your system
A firewall blocks cybercriminals and other unauthorized traffic, while it allows authorized traffic to pass. The Windows Firewall feature monitors all inbound communications to your computer. However, Windows Firewall does not monitor the outbound communications from your computer to the Internet. Symantec recommends that you keep the Smart Firewall option turned on to let Norton monitor all inbound and all outbound communications of your computer. The Smart Firewall feature automatically creates program rules for each program that you run. When the Smart Firewall option is turned on, Norton retains the Automatic Program Control settings for all programs.
While macOS features its own firewall to stop applications from connecting to risky websites, Norton 360 Deluxe adds its own two-way firewall, which stops certain kinds of data from getting in or out. Its services also protect your system from risky networks and known dangerous IP addresses.
DARK WEB MONITORING
What is the Dark Web? An “underground” part of the Web that isn’t searchable by regular search engines. The Dark Web is where cybercriminals offer information for sale, including personal data like email addresses. Dark Web Monitoring Powered by LifeLock§ searches Dark Web markets for your email address, and we notify you if we find it. A truly useful bonus as you ( your mail address, and maybe passwords) definitely will be known on the Dark Web. I can almost guarantee a full ‘hit’ score, as hackers have mastered millions accounts and passwords. Check it out and change your passwords for all compromised sites.
Another feature that allows you 75Gb cloud storage with Norton 360. Man, man I was really getting fed up trying to activate this nice feature on the iMac’s, and finally contacted support in order to help me out. Disappointed ? yep, truly disappointed as this feature is only for Windows and not supported for Mac. I really don’t understand, why this option is available in the interface ( check first image) if it is not supported for Mac users. Why keep an unusable option visible that creates frustration with users. Shame on you Norton, this is an option that should also be available for Mac users.
Norton 360 Deluxe is a true winner, having a 100% virus/malware detection score and low system impact. Boasting truly great features, apart from the missing ‘cloud backup’ I recommend Norton 360 fully. It beats most competitors in every aspect. Its fair priced for the first year € 39,99 but more expensive for the second year € 99,99 ! The optional LifeLock protection is fantastic, but as most good things in life, this doesn’t come cheap. However you do get value for money with its protection forfeits . A happy user ends this review.
Sophos was founded by Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer and began producing its first antivirus and encryption products in 1985. During the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Sophos primarily developed and sold a range of security technologies in the UK, including encryption tools available for most users (private or business). In the late 1990s, Sophos concentrated its efforts on the development and sale of antivirus technology, and embarked on a program of international expansion.
Sophos Group plc is an English security software and hardware company. Sophos develops products for communication endpoint, encryption, network security, email security, mobile security and unified threat management. Sophos is primarily focused on providing security software to the mid market and pragmatic enterprise from 100 to 5000 Seat organizations. Whilst not a primary focus, Sophos also protects home users, through a free antivirus software (Sophos Home) intended to demonstrate product functionality. Sophos Home Premium Mac is the paid version.
INSTALLATION & SETUP
Sophos released two versions to suit any user, Sophos Home (free) and Sophos Home Premium (paid). We review the paid version Sophos Home Premium Mac as it offers ‘all the goods’ needed for perfect security off and online. Installation is somewhat different to normal antivirus applications as Sophos Home Premium is a cloud based application.
Once you created and activated your personal online Sophos account, all configuration settings are easily available and require no special skills or knowledge. The available set of features, and cloud-based configuration, make it an outstanding offer.
WHY A CLOUD BASED ANTIVIRUS
With Sophos Home Premium Mac, you can easily view and manage computer security for anyone in your network or – whether they’re in the same house or in another country. Sophos Home Premium covers upto 10 devices on Mac or PC and provides full protection for each. Adding a device is simply done by sending a created link to the device you wish to add and follow the the instructions. Sophos Home Premium for Mac allows users to easily manage security settings for registered devices directly from a browser by logging in at home.sophos.com. This ensures private users access to the “Dashboard,” giving them the ability to manage multiple devices, regardless of their location. The Dashboard allows new Mac’s or PC’s to be quickly and easily added, configured, and remotely scanned. Scheduled scans can be also be individually deployed and modified for each computer from the Dashboard. Notifications are provided, including information about scan results and security alerts for all devices. Sophos Home Premium central management is also very handy if you’re intending to install Sophos on multiple devices, as it enables viewing and managing everyone’s protection from one place.
Sophos appears in MacOS as just a system menu item with a few options, such as the ability to perform a manual scan. Because the software protects a system in real time, the scan function is needed only if protection is otherwise paused.
Benefits: The cloud-based approach allows to push updates to its interface without requiring a user download, and it also has the maybe most robust remote management.
SOPHOS HOME PREMIUM & SCORES
Mac AV-TEST scores are very good, but not the best posssible as it detected 98.4 percent of macOS malware, over 95 percent of macOS PUA. These scores are from 12-2017 and Sophos didn’t run the AV-test in 2019 and 2020, but their Sophos Endpoint scored top marks in 2019. We do not know if all versions ‘home users’ and ‘business’ run the same scanning engine. But the scores are very good independent of any version used. Sophos Home Premium central management could also be very handy if you’re intending to install Sophos on multiple devices, as it enables viewing and managing everyone’s protection from one place.
PROTECTION & BEHAVIOUR
MacOS malware was found as soon as a (infected) file was unzipped from an archive.
Sophos prevented loading malicious web-pages software via the WICAR test site. All test were intercepted by Sophos !
Sophos has 15+ processes running in the background.
Sophos did not allow killing of running processes, it kept protecting files.
The cloud-based approach allows to push updates to its interface without requiring a user download.
Sophos provides real-time protection.
SOPHOS HOME PREMIUM FEATURES
Online Banking Protection
Sophos Home Premium protects your banking and credit card information from being intercepted by third-parties and key-logger software. Their advanced technologies have earned the MRG Effitas certification for Secure Online Banking. Again a bonus for safety and piece of mind.
Sophos Home warns a user when an outside source is attempting to access their webcam or microphone, offering them the option to allow or block the action. This provides peace of mind to users and prevents anyone viewing or listening without user consent.
Sophos Home utilizes a global database and blacklist of known malicious sites. This prevents users from visiting sites that are harmful, contain phishing threats, or include malicious code. The system also adds additional layers of security around common browsers, such as Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, hardening the browser process by layering on advanced exploit protection.
A lot of our customers find themselves being labeled as their family’s personal “IT help desk.” To address this, we’ve included innovative remote management tools that allow users to easily view and manage computer security for anyone in their life – whether they’re in the same house or in another country.
Sophos Home allows users to easily manage security settings for registered devices directly from a browser by logging in at home.sophos.com. This provides users access to the “Dashboard,” giving them the ability to manage multiple devices, regardless of their location. The Dashboard allows new PC’s to be quickly and easily added, configured, and remotely scanned. Scheduled scans can be also be individually deployed and modified for each computer from the Dashboard. Notifications are provided, including information about scan results and security alerts for all devices.
Real-time Mac Antivirus
Sophos Home utilizes extensive SophosLabs databases to constantly protect a user’s Mac from known viruses, Mac malware, Trojans, worms, bots, potentially unwanted apps (PUAs), ransomware, and more.
Sophos protects your webcam from unlawfull use of third parties.
As one of only two companies offering ransomware-specific file monitoring, Sophos rises to the top with a proviso !! Top marks for Sophos, as this is a truly big bonus for any application.
CLOUD INTERFACE & PREFS
PRIVACY WEBCAM & MIC
SOPHOS interface is absolutely great looking and well layed out. You may notice the SCAN button which you may want to use besides the Real-Time protection. This is where I wish to make a remark towards the developers of Sophos. The scan button ONLY activates scanning of ALL your Mac’s drive ! It does not provide a connected device menu for your external connected drives, nor the ability to choose a directory instead of going all the way scanning your >1 Tb. This should be implemented on next versions please ! You can however scan from within your Mac through Finder:
So, all included options are shown to you at the ‘Dashboard’, of your cloud interface. Now the ransomware part of Sophos is like any other antivirus application (Developer), partly accurate because Apple’s silent internal Unix based, XProtect feature has definitions for all known ransomware, blocking it from running. XProtect uses virus signatures, so cannot protect against new ransomware malware or variants, but will block anything already discovered. Sophos is a next step help to keep you safe from ransomware attacks.
* Sophos Home not only provides advanced protection against ransomware, it can detect a ransomware attack in progress, block it, and automatically roll back your files to an unencrypted state.
Sophos Home Premium also blocks/recognises outbound network to known malicious servers, malicious website blocking, web filtering for parental control, and does alert its user for mic and webcam usage. Sophos handles the web and network stuff via its kernel extension, which examines all traffic and allows central management of options. As these days securing your documents and/or important data, is of upmost importance to have a Ransomware Protection function like Sophos available. Better safe then sorry, as you never want to experience a real hack of your computers data, as my experience tells me that most people don’t have full backups of their data available. We all think, This will never happen to me! Well think again, and take steps in securing your valuable data.
* Small objection is the automatic log out from Sophos website (Cloud ). Is this a bug, or a well chosen safety feature, I can’t tell really !
Sophos Home Premium provides the best of different routines, providing totall safety, malware protection, PUA protection, ransomware monitoring. You automatically will always run its latest version and with the latest virus definitions available. No need to run an update for the application anymore nor make sure to update the virus definitions, as it all runs automatically in the cloud. Its Cloud configuration is generous and is easy to adjust to your wishes. The basic licensing for 10 devices is outstanding, protecting your family or company, all at an unbeatable price per device. We really are impressed with Sophos new approach to Cloud experience, providing the best of both worlds for all users and especially administrators of companies controlling all in company systems. To sum it all up, you can’t beat its price per device !
On October 9, 2014, Symantec declared it would split into two independent publicly traded companies by the end of 2015. One company would focus on security, the other on information management. On January 29, 2016, Symantec sold its information-management subsidiary, named Veritas Technologies (which Symantec had acquired in 2004) to The Carlyle Group.
Installation of Norton Security Deluxe proofed simple and straightforward. The basic installation needs a reboot for completing, nothing special as some other developers have an equal procedure. Make sure to uninstall any other antivirus on your Mac before adding Norton. Two similar programs can produce a lot of problems on your running Mac. During installation the installer asks for permission to install a helper tool. After reboot, open Norton and make sure to run LiveUpdate.
Now the big question Why do we need Antivirus software for our computers ?
So do Macs get viruses? And do Macs need antivirus software? Answering both questions is simple Yes and Yes. Although a Mac is considered more safe to PC’s, they also face the same treats as PC’s do. In the past Mac’s were not widely used on our planet so they were less interesting to people trying to pry in your computer software and look for any interesting data like your bankaccount and used passwords etcetera. But in recent years, as the Mac’s popularity has grown, Macs have gained the attention of those looking to hijack data. We have a complete list of all the Mac viruses, malware and security flaws that have hit the operating system here.
Despite this interest, Macs have generally remained secure. Thanks to the fact that MacOS is based on Unix, a kind of default security is build-in. Apple itself has included Gatekeeper and number of security measures that make attacking a Mac particularly challenging. Gatekeeper, blocks software that hasn’t been digitally approved by Apple from running on your Mac without your agreement.
Still plenty of risks left, and Macs haven’t managed to completely avoid being targeted. According to a report from Malwarebytes in August 2017, there was a 230 per cent increase in Mac malware in 2017. So YES your Mac needs protection! Now there is a fast growing list of developers specialised in antivirus security all claiming to be best to buy. Of course if life was that simple, there would be only one software application available on the marker solving all our problems.
We ( Macsoftreview )are not able to simply setup a full known malware and virus database for checking the software’s capabilities in catching exploits and vulnerabilities. We just rely on AV-TEST which is the best known It-Security Institute from Germany. They are able to test in absolute equal conditions for every package, and measure system impact is most accurate on their systems. Updates are performed on a regular bases to check if later software-editions have evolved. Below the latest independent test shows all scores. Symantec Norton Security Deluxe scores a full 100% detection rate ! So top marks for detection, but check the system impact performance of Norton Security Deluxe ! BEST of all tested packages. Infact, its nearly as good as their reference system. PERFECT scores for Norton Security Deluxe.
PREFERENCES & INTERFACE
A well designed interface shows all information and adjustable settings. The firewall is not as strict as I would like it to be. As the connected network is ‘trusted’ automatically all installed apps seem to be trusted.
Symantec™ DeepSight Early Warning Services provides organizations with timely, relevant threat and vulnerability exposure intelligence delivered through an intuitive web-based portal as well as through real-time alerts. Organizations can use this valuable global visibility and intelligence to help ensure that they adapt their security and risk profile to keep pace with the rapidly changing threat landscape.
Activity is really well captured with Norton Deluxe. The build-in firewall is pretty impressive and a true bonus in this package. All outgoing communication is monitored and needs users-approval to communicate with outside world. Its a more basic version of Little Snitch application. Network activity is showing you all information about in-outgoing connections specified with IP’s, Ports, Remote ID’s, Traffic, etc. An absolute bonus for every user and made available in a simple interface.
SCAN-TIME NORTON vs BITDEFENDER
Now we know that the protection level of Norton Deluxe is best and system impact is unbeaten, we move on to check Scan-Time performance. Our earlier best performing antivirus application was Bitdefender so its fair to pu these two in a simple test. A created file of 43Gb was created with mixed data containing pictures, docs, dmg files and such.
Our test show a huge win of Norton over Bitdefender od approx. 38% faster scanning of the created Test-map. Well done Norton. !
Bitdefender will set you back for approx $ 29 and Norton Security Deluxe costs $39.99. Mind you this price is a special 1-year offer. If Norton keeps their pricing at this level, they have a true Antivirus for Mac winner in store.
Norton Security Deluxe really surprised us with best detection rates, topped with best ever ‘system-impact’ levels putting Norton Security Deluxe on 1st place. Scan-Time was great beating Bitdefender by 38% when scanning mixed-data. Norton added some great features as a Firewall and control of in – and outgoing communications making Norton the winner of best Antivirus application for Mac. Great network activity information is provided as well as internet protection. Includes100% guarantee: From the moment you subscribe, a Norton expert will help keep your device(s) virus-free or give you a refund. Defends against ransomware to provide safety and piece of mind for the user. Norton Security Deluxe provides installation up-to 5 Pc’s, Mac’s and or tablets. Want the best available Antivirus for Mac? Norton Security Deluxe is the best as of today Febr. 2018.
Bitdefender is a Romaniancybersecurity and anti-virus software company. It was founded in 2001 by Florin Talpeş who is currently the CEO. Bitdefender develops and sells anti-virus software, internet security software, endpoint security software, and other cybersecurity products and services.
As of 2017, the software has about 500 million users worldwide. As of March 2017, Bitdefender ranks third in the global ranking of Windows anti-malware application vendors by revenue.  Bitdefender Antivirus Mac is their entry software application.
WHY USE ANTIVIRUS
Security is one of the mayor problems for computers nowadays, especially PC systems are vulnerable for attacks by malware or sophisticated ransomware. Past year shows that even companies don’t have the right protection installed on their netword-servers. Ransomware is hot business as is identity theft. Cyberwar is on the edge of becoming a daily threat to anyone really. Even the average user can be faced with some serious (financial) problems when leaving their private stuff ready for anyone to steal. An internet security and antivirus is not something to think about but should have been bought with the computer from day one. Its just no use having regrets when its too late. Better Safe then Sorry is my opinion. So where does this leave us all knowing and understanding that a antivirus software app is needed. There are a number of good software apps on the market even some fair ones for free !
Just to sum up some facts:
_ PC’s are more vulnerable then Macs, Not is essence True, but there are more PC’s sold then Apple Mac’s, which offer a larger market for criminals. _ In Q3 2016 alone, 18 million new malware samples were captured. _ The amount of phishing emails containing a form of ransomware grew to 97.25% during Q3 2016, up from 92% in Q1 2016 _ More than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016.
I hope these figures will put this article and the Bitdefender software in some perspective.
BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS 2018 CENTRAL
In order to install you need to setup a Bitdefender Central account and provide the actual serial number to download the software. The Bitdefender Central account will be your place to manage your subscription(s). The application itself will always check in the background the stored information and valid period of the software.
Once downloaded and installed, Bitdefender 2018 provides a single screen from which all features can be managed and accessed. This makes working with the programme easy and simple in use. The dashboard provides all information whether your device is protected and whether the software is up to date or not.
BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS 2018 INTERFACE
No doubt the first feature that most users will be drawn to is Autopilot, which makes all security related decisions for the user, while ensuring that you won’t have to contend with pop-ups or configuring any settings yourself. The interface itself is fairly clean and shows all selections/actions to be made, no frills no firewall included. The preferences are basic choices and settings. ( below)
Advanced Threat Defense New – Bitdefender Total Security 2018 uses a technique called behavioral detection to closely monitor active apps. The moment it detects anything suspicious, it takes instant action to prevent infections.
Parental Advisor New – With Parental Advisor, you can discreetly supervise your children’s online activities to keep them safe. Filter out inappropriate content and keep up with your kids’ location or activities from your web Bitdefender Central account.
Safe Files New – With Bitdefender Safe Files you can prevent unauthorized changes to your most important files. You simply add folders to the watch list, and Bitdefender guards the files stored in them against ransomware and other types of malware. Only applications that you explicitly trust are allowed access to your Safe Files.
BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS 2018 PREFERENCES
So whats new in Bitdefender Preferences? This new version 2018 with ransomware protection provides the user with some extra choices to make, like Safe Files section to only allow protected locations to trusted applications. The new part of Bitdefender is an active script of Bitdefender checking every application at launch and set its validity to trusted or untrusted/block according to your choice made.
With Bitdefender Safe Files you can prevent unauthorized changes to your most important files. You simply add folders to the watch list, and Bitdefender guards the files stored in them against ransomware and other types of malware. Only applications that you explicitly trust are allowed access to your Safe Files. So this part of preferences is very important and choose wisely what to protect and what not.
This section shows you the choices made for all applications protected files access! Check it from time to time to see if it still requires any adjusting.
BITDEFENDER & COMPETITION
As stated there are a number of antivirus applications on the market, and they all promise ‘ heaven on earth “, but which application is the best out there and at an affordable price? First you have to decide if you need a multi application which will also protect your windows computer, extra firewall, or ransomware protection. All buyers need to rely on third-party virustest results like AV-TEST. Considering the status of AV-TEST, we can be confident their results are full proof.
Their latest review scores as follows:
So, relying on AV-TEST results Bitdefender Antivirus scores really well. The performance loss is marginal all compared. Still Bitdefender scores top marks on any test. Given its full application control I have it as a default Antivirus installed on our 27″ Mac’s. Updates are regular and a popup tells you when its been applied. All packages behave like this in practice, but Bitdefender is silently running and protecting you in the background. The only time you really notice its AutoPilot is active, is when using an application for the first time. Downloaded or installed by residing applications, it tracks all behavior. A popup will ask you what to do trust or block. Bitdefender also has its own browser protection for Safari, Chrome or Firefox. This added security DOES effect somewhat your browsers performance.
Well it does in my browsers anyway. Should you enable this feature? By default I think its best to leave activated for most users, as there is a large group clicking on anything presented to get where they opted for. I always check/read carefully the full path, its just my nature not to trust internet.
Get yourself the best birthday gift and buy Bitdefender Antivirus 2018 or Bitdefender Total Security 2018 as these are the best performing and protection software applications around. Bitdefender scores top marks in any test, what’re can you ask for. The added file and Time Machine protection and a great price offers the best deal for now. Just checked the Total Security 2018 is set at €39.00 at their store, which makes it unbeatable at present. Minimum system impact and 100% detection, provide all we look for in an Antivirus application.
Even if you want any other application, I recommend BUY ! Better be safe then Sorry, when it comes down to your data protection.
Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German multinational and family-owned company that provides IT-security (antivirus software, Internet Security, Privacy, Identity and Performance tools) for computers, smartphones, servers and networks – delivered as both software and cloud-based services.
Avira’s headquarters are located near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany. At this moment AVIRA claims to have 500 million installs of her AVIRA products. These amounts make AVIRA one of the top ranking IT-security companies in the world. So one might expect some pretty powerful stuff providing the essential security we all look for.
Installing AVIRA Antivirus Pro Mac is simple and easy. No tricks no system restart. There are just no decisions to make in order to install the full application.
AVIRA provides Operating system integration with a system tray icon in the menubar.
Installation of Avira adds two menus to the Mac menu bar
: Avira and Help. : The System Tray icon indicates whether protection is enabled or not.
INTERFACE & PREFERENCES
AVIRA has the looks of a simple antivirus application, but in reality contains all relevant protection needed. Real-Time protection is available. The AVIRA interface warns the user when chosen settings lead to unsafe system protection level.
To change the ‘Red’ unsafe state just choose ‘Enable all systems ‘ and the interface will change to Green Protected .
Clicking the New Scan button on the home page runs a quick scan by default, but allows the user to change to a full scan by clicking Change scan type:
Just below the scan button we find a Scheduler button, allowing a scheduled scan to be configured.
AVIRA scans are accurate,fast and AV-TEST reveals 100% malware detection and we tested around 7% CPU system load !
During scan speed tests we found AVIRA ‘ NOT scanning ‘ the provided dmg files. When all competitors unarchive the dmg files for in-depth scan, AVIRA just went on scanning others. Strange behavior for an Antivirus application, so we contacted AVIRA Technical center and asked if our findings were just and why AVIRA shows this dmg filescan behavior. AVIRA officially states that its true AVIRA skipping the .dmg in-depth scan, as they feel the on going Real-Time protection will respond if necessary when users open the .dmg files. To me this sounds like the wrong approach towards safety ! AVIRA officially states the in-depth scanning of dmg files will be implemented in a future version.
AVIRA Antivirus Pro for Mac provides excellent security and scores 100% detection. Scan speed is good and impact on system performance is little, use the well designed scheduler for timed scans. AVIRA is a strong performer, and provides aspects of two worlds, simplicity and great security levels. It gets a five star recommendation.
The company was founded in 1992 when Miroslav Trnka and Peter Paško, authors of antivirus software NOD, partnered up with Rudolf Hrubý. They adopted the name of the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and love as the company name. In 1998 NOD received the VB100 award of Virus Bulletin, which helped the company establish subsidiaries in the United States, Argentina and Singapore, and development facilities in Poland and Czech Republic.
ESET nowadays is one of the leading security software companies in the world ( Eset Cyber Security Pro for Mac ). It has a strong reputation and is well known for its outstanding internet security software applications for Windows and Mac.
Installation of Eset Cyber Security Pro is easy. Just follow the steps and choose your personal settings while you are guided through the necessary setup screens. After installation and setup an Eset navigation menu is present in the menubar enabling most actions.
The preferences layout is clean andprovides an extensive overview of possible settings. This shows ESET is NOT your average free or basic antivirus application. It takes security not for granted and provides a full range of options.
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
ESET Cyber Security comes with a Firewall protection utility. Default is set on Automatic, but I feel its better to take control over in and outgoing communication. Never rely on auto settings when security is concerned.
PERFORMANCE and SYSTEM load
Computer Scan gives you the option of two scans: – Smart Scan (scans your whole local drive) – Custom Scan (choose the files and folder you want to scan). – Real-Time protection
You also have the option to run a Deep Scan, Removable Media Scan and Perform Last Scan as well as access the scan scheduler. On the background unnotised Eset keeps track of your virusdatabase and checks (comparing known virus signatures plus using heuristics to anticipate new ones ) in real-time.
ESET THREAT CENTER
ESET LiveGrid®, used in all our antivirus products, protects you 24/7 by predicting trouble before it happens. Using our unique ThreatSense.net® advanced early warning system, ESET LiveGrid collects data submitted by ESET users worldwide and sends it to our malware research labs for analysis.
ThreatSense® is the anti-threat engine that powers all ESET products and results in fast reactions to emerging threats.
Sample submissions from customers, distributors and partners are an important source of new malware. Other sources of samples include sample exchange or active “honey pots” (computer systems specifically set up to invite attacks and provide info on how systems are attacked and where they are vulnerable).
Part of ESET’s online Threat Center, the Threat Encyclopedia features an A-Z guide of selected viruses, spyware, and other threats, sorted alphabetically. Updated frequently, it includes definitions of hundreds of viruses and how they behave.
Impact on system performance while scanning is present, as it is with all antivirus applications. However we feel that in practice it is unnoticeable while working on your Mac machine.
Older Mac machines with less powerful CPU and equipped with 8Gb basic memory may notice impact, but CPU consumption is an average 2% which is very good.
We feel that ESET Cyber Security Pro retains all the plus points of previous versions, namely a clear and well-laid out interface, easily accessible features, along with good alerts and outstanding help facilities. Protection against both Mac and Windows malware in our test was perfect.
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac is a complete and powerful internet security application. It offers 100% malware detection and file scanning is fast with little CPU system load. Again Eset proves to be a top player in security and protection applications. Malware detection 100%, System load impact 2%, Scan speed 1st place, ESET has a security application to be proud of.
ESET Cyber Security Pro is our true ‘ BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016 ‘ winner. In this case the winner takes it all, a full 5+ star.
Is your Mac vulnerable for any security problems you may ask yourself. Unfortunately Mac users are also faced with ever growing internet related security problems. Apple products are used by millions of people thus make it interesting to internet crime. Intego founded in 1997 is a mayor player in todays Mac and Apple security products and offer a full range Apple products. Being involved in Mac security from the beginning, Intego gained a solid knowledge of security problems Mac users face these days. Malware, phishing and viruses tracing your personal information are security risks Mac users face too.
What once only threatened Windows users now also applies to Mac users. Intego now offers a latest and again improved security product named Intego Mac Premium X9. A full package with an all-in one feature set. Intego provides Mac users with full protection from all the dangers of the Internet.
Simple and straightforward. ( * The software can be uninstalled by re-running the setup program and selecting Uninstall Software.)
A restart is required after installation. After this, the product has to be activated or the trial version selected. The program asks the user to define a protection level (we used the default Standard):
Operating system integration
The Mac menu bar now shows menus for VirusBarrier, NetUpdate,ContentBarrier,NetBarrier,Personal Backup and Washing Machine. There is a System Tray icon, which displays sub-menus for the different components:
INTEGO MAC PREMIUM BUNDLE X9
Into Mac Premium bundle X9 offers a full featured bundle containing all needed security apps and extra’s like Washing Machine, Backup software.
Antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware ( VirusBarrier )
Firewall network protection for home and on the go ( NetBarrier )
Parental controls with website and application blocking ( Content Barrier )
Protects sensitive personal information
Mac Cleaner speeds up and organizes your Mac ( Washing Machine and Mac Cleaner )
Personal Backup software for quick and easy recovery in case of a crash ( Personal Backup software )
VIRUSBARRIER and PREFERENCES
VirusBarrier X9 has a X8 continued interface and provides a pleasant and clean interface with relevant information. Basic features like Real-time scanning, Safe browsing and scheduled scans are set easily and provide real-time security. VirusBarrier is like its name suggests used for scanning your computer and external connected disks for known viruses, which definitions are updated automatically. VirusBarrier is judged by its ability to find, detect and clean viruses. Malware and phishing detection and cleaning is also part of its security abilities.
Comparing VirusBarrier X9 to the competition in terms of detection rates of accuracy is at this moment not possible because AV-Test has not performed an in-depth report including this Intego version X9. We can only relate to scores related to X8. However we feel that a new version like X9 should equal the past results or even out perform earlier results by X8.
AV-Test from 2014 reveals :
VirusBarrier X8 protected against 100% of the Mac malware in the test.
Intego NetBarrier blocks unsolicited visitors in their tracks, keeping the bad guys out of your Mac. It provides an extra firewall and home network security. Making the NetBarrier work, it will ask the user for permission for every program started the first time and requiring outgoing internet connection. Incoming internet connections are blocked by default. So to get the protection level wanted, its up to the user to provide the right settings for internat access in or out !
So read the popups and do not just hit ‘ yes’ , because you don’t want to see popups appearing. Its where security starts, always with the user ! YOU decide and make choices.
Once all present programs have been used ( first time ), no more popups will appear. You’re all set now and have extra security within your network.
INTEGO PERSONAL BACKUP
Back up essential files automatically.
Intego Personal Backup makes copies of your files for quick and easy recovery in case of theft, data corruption, or natural disasters. Run manual backups or create an automated schedule that backs up your information for you. Whether you want control of your backups or prefer to set it and forget it, Intego Personal Backup’s got you covered.
Create your own Backup schedule, normal or bootable backup and Restore if needed. This backup software provides most used, basic backup options. Also backup to external servers, and provides standard backup presets for documents, pictures etc.
Works really easy, and does the job ! Again I say most users will be happy with the provided options, if you need more extensive features you need to get yourself a third party software app.
INTEGO WASHING MACHINE
Mac Washing Machine is a Mac cleaner that makes it easy to get rid of junk files that slow down your Mac—duplicate files and programs you never use. It also helps you automatically organize things, so both you and your Mac operate more efficiently.
Useful if you have a lot of clutter on your disk or duplicate files. Nice interface, presets for Cashes, Downloads, Languages, Logs and Trash. Scan area’s are pre-defined so scanning time is reduced. Nice extra feature in this fully packed bundle.
Parental Controls keep your children is wanted on allowed sites.
Gambling sites and especially pornography are no place for children. Intego ContentBarrier can block out entire categories of websites, so your children aren’t exposed to objectionable content. You can also set up a specific list of approved websites, so your kids can access them without accidentally running into a filter.
Our verdict is based on the full Intego X9 bundle and its ability to detect and clean viruses, malware and phishing elements. A great interface , fully packed with all features one could possibly ask for and fair scan speed and detection complete a trustworthy Antivirus application .
Malware is detected with a high rate of accuracy. It saves you from phishing attempts. Computer performance is not heavily influenced and it looks and works as a true Mac application. Its features are extensive. It provides a lot more then most other Mac security software applications: a backup utility, parental controls. Washing Machine and scan connected iOS devices. Intego Mac Premium bundle X9 is one of the best internet security products for Mac. If you are serious about your internet and computer protection, this is a great security bundle.