Which antivirus for OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Standard, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. Standard macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    So I recently got my new MBP and I am wondering which antivirus software to use?

    I've read that Kaspersky is in the lead, but when speaking to AppleCare today for an iPad issue, they recommended MalwareBytes.

    Which should I get and why?
  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Search the forums. This has been discussed ad nauseam. The question you should ask is, "Why do you think any third party knows more about Mac security than Apple itself." If you answer honestly, you'll figure out what to do.
  3. dangerfish macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
    Short answer: None.
    Long answer: search the forum. It has been over discussed.
  4. Standard thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    My mistake. I'd delete this thread if I could. Thanks guys.
  5. millerj123 macrumors 65816

    Mar 6, 2008
    It's a completely reasonable question, that has a short and simple answer.
  6. canuckRus macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2014
    MalwareBytes & AdBlock cured any problems I have ever encountered. Why throw away your money?
  7. iRaynor SK macrumors 6502

    iRaynor SK

    Nov 15, 2014
    Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic
    MalwareBytes is the only antivirus I allow on my Mac.

    Look at utilities at objective-see.com
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    None, you don't need it. They literally do nothing for Mac.

    Any known threat to OSX is handled by XProtect, a feature of the OS that keeps any malware from running on the machine. This is updated anytime something new is found and last time I checked there was only about 40 entries in XProtect for the past 15 years (and most were variants of two malwares.)

    You're literally, not figuratively wasting your money getting an anti-virus program and it'll do nothing but hog system resources.
  9. canuckRus macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2014
    MalwareBytes solved problems with freezing YouTube videos and ridding the final vestiges of the evil MacKeeper app.
    AdBlock cured annoying popup issues. They were needed and work.
  10. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    Unless you look at naughty stuff (and you shouldn't be) or access the Dark Web, you don't need any antivirus. This isn't that crap called WinDoze
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Macs are not immune to malware and no system is 100% secure, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on macOS, and there never have been any since it was released over 17 years ago. The only true malware in the wild that can affect your Mac is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by being careful about what apps you install (no pirated software). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing. In addition, some antivirus apps have themselves been used to introduce malware to Macs. In general, macOS malware is so relatively rare, that only a very small percentage of Mac users have ever encountered any.

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