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Developer Symantec Corporation
Since its inception in 1982, Symantec has grown into a Fortune 500 company through a combination of internal development, strategic acquisition and partnering with industry leaders. Symantec
is focusing on security and protection for large companies as well as home users. Being global leader in providing security, information management solutions, we feel Norton Security Deluxe must provide the best scores on malware detection and provided safety tools.
Installation of Norton Security Deluxe proofed somewhat strange. The basic installation needs a reboot for completing, nothing special as some other developers have an equal procedure.
After reboot, the Norton icon was visible in the launchbar. I expected the program to open and proceed with settings and updates, however nothing happened ( installed twice ) and hitting the Norton button had no response. The Norton menu-app integrated in the menubar pops up when clicked on but no matter which choose i made NO main screen opens? Only when I clicked the ‘about’ selection in the apps menubar environment a screen was opened showing version 7.1. From this point everything went smooth and spend/closed as desired.
During installation the installer asks for permission to install a helper tool.
- Defends against viruses, spyware, malware and other online threats
- Safeguards your identity and online transactions
- Protects better and faster than the competition1
- Includes our 100% guarantee:
From the moment you subscribe, a Norton expert will help keep your device(s) virus-free or give you a refund2
- Secures multiple PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets with a single subscription
- Helps you manage protection for all your devices with an easy-to-use Web portal
Norton ( Symantec ) claims to solve ANY virus problems on your device , or you will receive a refund. This is the only company i’ve come across to put such a statement on paper.
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.
The main reason for buying a security application is to detect and clear malware and provide safety browsing the internet. Both features are part of Norton Security Deluxe, so how good does it work compared to the competition?
AV-Test 2016 puts an end to all assumptions and presents a full test report acknowledged by the industry . Its no use trying to deliver better tests than AV-Test. Looking at their latest 2016 result, shows the detection level and system load performance.
Symantec ( Norton ) vv scores just below the best in test. A 99,2% detection against a 100% by the best in test. A good performance non the less, and low impact on system resources complete a nice and trustworthy application.
SCAN SPEED and BEHAVIOR
Comparing scan speed between ESET Cyber Security and NORTON Security shows one remarkable difference being NORTON “NOT” unarchiving and in-depth scanning DMG files.
The same approach as AVIRA, argument that DMG files will be scanned once opened by a user. I don’t see why a security risk is lower in a DMG file then ZIP file.
Both are used by Mac and risk management is equal when it comes down to doing harm. One might say, lets forget about scanning Zip files too, because again when opened by user the Real-Time protection will detect and hopefully clean the malware. To me there’s only ONE solution, you scan the lot or you don’t. Of course unarchiving DMG takes up time and system load. But hey, you want security or not !
So presented graph is without NORTON scanning/unarchiving DMG files. NORTON Technical confirms our findings.
Norton Security Deluxe presents Real Time security and safety in a modern interface combined with some good features. It serves great malware scores just below the best. System load impact is low, and scanning is fast. Norton Security Deluxe can be installed on maximum 5 devices, which is unique and justifies the price.Shame it doesn’t do in-depth scans of .dmg files, like one of it competitors. Overall Norton Security performs very good and is a good choice to make.
We fully recommend Norton Security Deluxe to anyone looking for great malware protection and save browsing experience.
Developer Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG.
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.
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.
► Scanning performance and speed is good READ ” BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016 “
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.
AVIRA Antivirus Mac PRO
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.
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.
VERDICT : Price , Malware detection % , Scan speed ranking , Ranking
Intego Premium bundle X9 Avira Antivirus Pro Bitdefender Antivirus Mac Eset Cyber Security Pro
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
INTEGO MAC bundle PREMIUM X9
- 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
|DEVELOPER||ZIP files 9gb||.DMG files 5Gb||APPS 1.4Gb||DOCX/EXCEL 40GB|
|ESET Cyber Security Pro||3′ 37″||3′ 39″||1′ 08″||6′|
|AVIRA Antivirus Mac Pro||2′ 34″||0′ 2″||1′ 00″||12′|
|BITDEFENDER Antivirus Mac||5′ 03″||12′ 39″||0′ 40″||12′|
|INTEGO Mac bundle Premium X9||2′ 19″||6′ 31″||0′ 23″||21′|
Developer ESET USA
ESET Cyber Security Pro
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. It has a strong reputation and is well known for its outstanding internet security software applications for Windows and Mac.
Installation 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 and provides 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
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).
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.
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.
Bitdefender has been developing online protection since 2001. In September 2014, the company claimed to have its technologies installed in around 500 million home and corporate devices across the globe.
So being on the market this long we may expect great performing software. As Mac threats are growing each year because of the popularity of our Mac systems, we are in need of proper or rather the best performing antivirus available today.
There is some pretty stiff competition around, so what makes an antivirus software package stand out from the crowd ? Of course detection scores in AV-tests and system impact on scanning is important, less impact is better. Extra provided features are of course a bonus if present.
Installation is straightforward, with no questions asked but popup allowance for access to your Mac system. Once installed its time to activate your personal ‘ Bitdefender Central ‘ account on the web.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac doesn’t offer scheduled scans, as the main benefit that the product is offering is Autopilot which provides non-stop protection with minimal impact on the system performance.
- 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
The new Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is a powerful security solution which can detect and remove all kinds of malicious software (“malware”), including:
- Trojan horses
Preferences are basic and provide an overview of account, what to do when found , exclusions, history and Quarantine.
The latest Quarantine is a bit uncommon in terms of placement in an app. Normally Quarantine is found as part of the main interface, this time Bitdefender placed it in Preferences.
I’s rather place it in the main interface as clickable option.
SCAN & DETECTION
Bitdefender has a reputation to be one of the best on todays market. Recent AV-test shows how Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac scored against its competitors.
AV-Test 2016 shows Bitdefender is defenitly on top, being the best or one of the best malware security applications money can buy.
System load is another factor not to take lightly as less impact means smoother use of your mac OSX system, making it run in the background unnoticed.
Great performance from Bitdefender with their Antivirus for Mac utility.
System impact on scanning ( Auto pilot ) is the best around.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac also provides Web-protection which is a usefull utility preventing you from visiting hackers sites and supports a special anti-phishing system that scans the webpages you browse and warns you when you come across fraudulent attempts.
An icon in the browsers topbar shows the status of the visited website.
Bit defender Antivirus Mac scans really slow ( but accurate ) READ ” BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016 ”
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac provides the user safety, and secure internet browsing. Again Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac scores the full 100% malware detection with least system speed impact performance,but significant slower scan speed then its competitors . Auto pilot provides real-time scanning and first class detection support. Scan scheduling is not available. A fair price completes a pretty picture being a very good Antivirus tool with no frills.
If you feel you don’t need extra options and opt for the 100% score, and least system impact Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is your best bet. A true 5 star result in our review.
Version 10.9.2 (543)
Developer Intego USA
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 bundle 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
READ ” BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016 “