Geek Girl Report: Protecting You From iVirus and iMalware -The Best Anti-Virus Software for Macs
If you ask any Mac user, they’ll probably tell you one of the best things about a Mac is that it can’t get viruses. Well…they’d be lying to you. Although it is true that a large number of viruses, malware and other nasty things still aim for the PC users, Macs are just as susceptible to viruses as PCs. That being said, here’s a few recommendation for anti-virus software just for Macs.
Out of all the Mac antivirus software you can find, Sophos might give you the most bang for your buck. Sophos offers "business-grade" virus protection for the home users, and back up that claim with superior virus, and malware protection in an unobtrusive, easy to navigate interface. Not only is the virus protection solid and interface easy to use, but it also protects you from both Mac and Windows malware. So if you share files between your Mac and your PC, like I do, this could be the perfect setup. And best of all, it's completely free to download.
Intego is probably the most attractive Mac anti-virus software you'll see, both in looks and in performance. The interface is sleek and modern, and way cooler looking that your standard dialogue box. But looks aren't everything, and fortunately, Intego delivers on that as well. Intego specifically focuses on Mac, and offers options such as real-time scanning, and also scanning your iPhone and iPad for viruses as well. At $70, it's a bit on the pricy side, but in this case, you really do get what you pay for.
Unlike the broader anti-vrius software, MacScan is a bit more specific in its approach. It deals specifically with spyware threats, and does a fine job of it. But, you won't get much more out of it than that. MacScan does not cover other threats like Windows malware or macro viruses. It might be good as an additional back-up scanner, but I wouldn't recommend it by itself. You can get MacScan for $30, or you can get the family pack for $50, which will cover up to three Macs.
Unlike some of the other programs I've mention, iAntivirus focuses exclusively on Mac-based viruses and threats, and that can be good or bad depending on your viewpoint. Since it focuses only on Mac viruses, it runs lighter and faster than some of its competitors. On the flip side, however, it will not cover threats from Windows-based malware. PC Tools iAntivirus is available for $30, or $50 for the family pack.