Can you recommend antivirus programs for the Mac?

Norma Barron November 17, 2010

What are some good antivirus programs for MacBook Pro laptops?

  1. Anonymous
    November 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    the reason behind macs getting less viruses than windows is numbers. macs constitute less than 5% of total PCs in the world. No one bothers to create a virus that wont spread

    • Mike
      November 21, 2010 at 12:01 am

      True for one, but the increasing numbers of users and wildly spread misconception that you don't need protection against malware on a Mac makes them valuable targets.

      Besides, you should think one step ahaid: I'm sure all of you share files with friends and family at some point. And while they consider you trustworthy, you might be the one spreading malware to them.

      • Anonymous
        November 21, 2010 at 7:32 am

        yes, that is true. And please don't think that I'm a Mac user (I feel insulted). I am a proud Windows user and that number thing was actually a taunt to all those mac users who think that their operating system is so secure that they dont need antivirus

        • Mike
          November 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm

          no judgement here :)
          I'm a Mac sysadmin by occupation
          in private I prefer Windows too although there are some points I'd love to see Windows copying from Mac (like using preferences and folders over registry)

  2. Oron Joffe
    November 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm


    I'm not familiar with all the products listed above (but am delighted to have such a complete list now!), so can't comment on all. Most are probably easy enough to install and use (although Norton has a nasty habit of being slow to fix the program when the system is updated and it breaks).

    The Sophos product is free and, speaking from past experience (have not used this latest version yet), very effective, but as mentioned above, it does not protect you against Windows/Linux viruses. Clam AV *is* cross platform, but does not have 'on access' scanning (in other words, you need to tell it to scan the disc, it does not run in the background). A combination of the two may give you the best free solution.

  3. Mulder
    November 20, 2010 at 4:29 am

    For all the people claiming there are viruses for Mac OS X, they're flat wrong. There are no viruses and never have been. There is some malware in the form of a Trojan Horse, but they do no damage to your system and can easily be removed. Anyone who claims they have a virus on their Mac system is lying and/or completely ignorant.

    In short, don't waste your money on something you don't need.

  4. Norma
    November 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I know I have a virus on my MacBook Pro because it showed up on my flash drive that I took to a printer. Which free antivirus suggested by Gaurav291, Mike & Oron would be the easiest to run + the most effective for a laptop. I download a lot of internet items related to Adobe Photoshop such as tutorials & images so I need internet protection+++but I am on a limited budget & need a free antivirus.
    Thanks so much.

  5. Popi
    November 18, 2010 at 11:42 am

    VirusBarrier rocks ;-)

  6. Mike
    November 18, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I agree with Oron.
    There ARE viruses and trojans for Mac OS X . The reason you hardly get one on your system is because they usually require you to run some sort of installer which will prompt you for your admin credentials.

    here are a few of the choices you have:
    PC Tools iAntiVirus (
    Sopho Antivirus for Mac Home Edition (

    ClamXav (
    avast! Mac Edition (
    Norton AntiVirus for Mac (
    Intego Virusbarrier (

    Panda Antivirus for Mac (
    bitdefender for Mac (
    McAfee VirusScan (
    Kaspersky for Mac (

    The first two state to only protect you from Mac related threads.
    For the latter they will also protect you from [spreading] Windows related threads (cross-platform protection).
    Whatever choice you make it's no substitution for using Antivirus software on your Windows or Linux machine

  7. Oron Joffe
    November 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Mac DO get viruses and I've had to remove some from client's machines in the last few years. There are a few decent security programs for the mac, such as Intego and Norton, but Sophos now offer a FREE AV. See .

  8. Carole
    November 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Although Macs don't get viruses, if the Mac is running Windows, the Windows partition is just as susceptible to viruses as any Windows computer. So it is a good idea to install a Windows virus program on the Windows partition. If the Mac isn't running Windows, no virus program is needed.

  9. Paul
    November 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Macs don't need an antivirus, because they don't get viruses.

  10. Carole
    November 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Unless you're running Windows on your Mac, you don't need a virus program. You know what Mac users say about viruses? Bwaaa haaa haaa! If you are running Windows (my sympathies), you should get a Windows virus program and install it while you are running Windows.

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