Anti-Malware for the MacBook Pro

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  1. warburg macrumors 6502a

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    What is the best anti-malware for the MacBook Pro? I have a 15" 2017 model. I'm looking for something that will remove malware and also check on and remove useless and duplicate files.
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 604

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    Malwarebytes is generally considered to be the best malware removal app for Mac.
     
  3. warburg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I downloaded their free trial.
     
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    Have you ever used this software?

    I used it on Windows for a long time, and on Windows it shows a rapidly changing display of the files it is scanning on the system. In OS X, it appears to be different, and seems to list files that it is looking for instead of files that it is scanning.

    Is this accurate?
     
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601

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    Yes, there is so little malware for OS X. That it knows the specific locations to check for specific Malware. While in Windows it has to check files in common areas, registry and running processes. I presume analyzing each against its database and some heuristic analysis against unknown threats.

    They've really sped up Malwarebytes for Windows the last few years. I can only assume it doesn't scan every file. It used to scan every single file in your computer including the whole Windows directory. On my SSD its gone from 15 minutes to about 2 minutes. It's not like my computer magically got faster since it was built. On customers computers with hard drives the average scan time has dropped from 45 minutes to an hour down to 15 to 20 minutes.

    Somehow they sped it up and improved accuracy. Rarely do I have to do more than run a scan.
     
  6. warburg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It seems to scan my MacBook Pro in a few seconds.
     
  7. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the reply.

    So when it displays something like "Trojan.whatever" above the scan progress bar in OS X, that is simply displaying what it is looking for rather than what it is actually scanning? In other words, what it is displaying is not a file that is actually on my computer, correct?

    Sorry if this is confusing I am not certain that I oriented my question well.
     
  8. ProTruckDriver macrumors regular

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    Yes that is correct. I have been using Malwarebytes for Mac a few years now without any problems.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Unless they are doing something risky like installing pirated software, it is relatively rare for a Mac user to ever encounter malware. All Mac malware can easily be avoided by practicing safe computing. No anti-malware software is needed.
     
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 601

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    Right, if anything is found. It will show in the results.
     
  11. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    I've had cases where I needed to run both Malwarebytes and Etrecheck to rid a Mac of malware.
     

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