Which On Demand Malware Scanner To Go For?

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  1. Penlocky, Dec 19, 2018
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    Penlocky macrumors member

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    Hi all, I am debating to buy one of these AV products. I will install AV because I want to scan for windows virus as well so do not put down the argument of "MacOS does not need AV". I am also aware that there are no known MacOS virus out in the wild, only some malware that will be evaded by doing safe web browsing practices. But I won't be doing safe browsing practices hahaha.

    1. ClamXAV - download source - their website

    2. Bitdefender Virus Scanner Plus - download source - Mac app store (bound to GDPR)

    3. Malwarebytes - download source - their website

    I have selected these because they are all on demand scanners and not a bloatware of "internet security suite". The Bitdefender option in particular is also in the App Store and potentially operates in a sandboxed principle that the App Store guidelines forces so it could be the least intrusive option.

    What are the pros and cons of each of these software and vendors? I am deciding based on:
    1. Their running privilege in the OS
    2. The type of user/computer data they collect, files they upload to their servers
    3. What their detection definition is good at detecting
    4. Files/codes they leave behind and alterations they make to the OS/firmware

    I read through AV Test and AV Comparatives websites and a lot of articles and forum on MacOS malware so no need to be basic when explaining =).
    What are your opinions and experiences?

    Thank you very much!
     
  2. niji Contributor

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    ClamXAV.
    only this one.
    - almost zero code and bits strewn throughout yr operating system
    - no data info uploaded to their servers
    - all known malware is being detected. virus definitions updated daily
     
  3. Penlocky thread starter macrumors member

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    I have read in av-test report that ClamAV engine and databases in particular has a lower detection ratio than many paid AV vendors and Bitdefender. As well as a report from Shadowserver a long time ago.

    This is the downside of ClamXav (along with yearly subscription) to Bitdefender. However I recall that Malwarebytes uses different detection engine than most AV vendors, so I am completely noob on Malwarebytes.
     
  4. jgrove macrumors member

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    With so many opinions and so many options on the market, I went for one from the App Store, that uses the ClamX database. Its called Antivrius Zap - Virus and Adware, I think it cost ne around 8 UK Pounds.
     
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    Thoroughly confused with the responses so far. There's only one right answer as far as I'm concerned - MalwareBytes for Mac. https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

    You have a premium option but you don't need that. You can just keep the free version and manually scan every few weeks.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Malwarebytes for Mac will not detect Windows malware. I don’t know about the others.
     

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