Anti virus

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by N323100, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. N323100 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2018
    Hi I just bought Macbook Air 13 2017, I woule like to ask if it has a built in anti virus? If none what is the best anti virus to purchase or download?

    Thank you
  2. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It has built in malware protection, but not virus protection. At this point there are not any Mac viruses in the wild, so unless you just want to help stop the spread of Windows viruses, you don't really need to run an AV setup in your Mac IMO.
  4. N323100 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2018
    Thank you this is a great information for a new user like me
  5. Macdctr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Ocean State
    I run Avast Mac Security on all my Macs

    It provides very good antivirus protection for free, and it also performs email scanning :)
  6. N323100 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2018
  7. Bazza1 macrumors member


    May 16, 2017
    Toronto, Canada
    I would check out the independent testing / review organization AV Comparatives.

    Its still popular to believe that Macs don't need an AV program, but their popularity makes them a target and, even if you might not get attacked directly (or Apple releases a patch - sorry, 'update' - to cover a discovered vulnerability), I have no desire to pass along to someone else something in, say, a shared document or website.

    AV Comparatives does tests on a regular basis, and have found several free AV ones that they believe do an excellent job - Avast, AVG and Avira among them. I'm currently running AVG. Check out the link and report here -

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