Top Mac Antivirus Applications and Why You Need Any of Them

by Guest Author on January 16, 2013

in Guest Posts, Mac OS X

Mac Defender: The First Major Mac Threat?

In May 2011, the Apple company encouraged its users to use added internet security protection. Why? Because of a new threat named Mac Defender.

Mac Defender is a program that functions like a real spyware removal client. It will present itself as a pop up telling you that your computer is infected by a virus. To remove the virus, you need to click download and start installing the software. Once you click on the pop up, your computer will be automatically infected by the virus thereby accessing your personal and financial information.

Right after discovering this threat, Apple quickly released a security update for Mac OS X. Because of this incident a lot of Mac users are already questioning their internet security. As you know, a lot of people want to use Mac because of its security and reliability.

Do I Need Anti-Virus?

The answer is a big YES! Mac Defender is a perfect example that Mac isn’t as invincible as you think it is. To be at peace, you should have an anti-virus application installed.

What Are the Options?

If you are going to search online, you will find various anti-virus softwares specially designed for Mac computers. Software developers like Norton and McAfee are creating security tools for Apple systems. Before you are going to install anti-virus software, you need to check basic things to achieve a satisfactory internet security.

  • Run your software updates for Mac regularly. Apple release updates on a regular basis so make sure your application is updated.
  • Turn on the built in firewall. By simply turning your firewall on, you will prevent unauthorized computer access.
  • For added security, you may want to encrypt your home folder as well as other sensitive information by using FileVault. This would mean that hackers will not be able to access your home folder. You need to be responsible in all your online activities. Never disclose your personal or financial information.

And now, below are the top malware and virus protection tools for OS X:

ClamX AV

ClamX AV is a free virus scanner; making it on top of the list. It efficiently scans your hard drive. The software can quarantine or completely remove the infection. It will also automatically update the virus database so that you will be kept protected.

Cost: Free
Requirement: Mac OS X 10.4 and above

Sophos Anti-Virus

This is popularly used for Windows, but now Mac users are also using it. The software scans your Mac for any viruses and other threats. You should keep the software updated so that it will be able to detect latest threats.

Cost: Free
Requirement: Mac OS X 10.4 and above

VirusBarrier X6

VirusBarrier X6 was developed by Intego; the very same company that discovered MAC Defender. However, their antivirus software is quite expensive but it’s definitely worth your money. It also has anti spyware and firewall features.

Cost: $75 (antivirus software) and $120 (complete internet security package)
Requirement: Mac OS X 10.5 and above

Norton Anti-Virus for Mac

This antivirus software protects your computer from various internet security threats. It has a lot of features, which made it quite pricey.

Cost: $49.95
Requirement: Mac OS X 10.5 and above


For so many years now, Apple has been able to protect its system from various threats. However, with the discovery of new viruses and other potential threats, it would be a wise decision to use antivirus software to make your operating system even more protected.

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Guest article written by: Brian writes about Apple security tools and apps. Currently he is writing for, a resource for Mac virus scan reviews.


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Guest article written by: Brian writes about Apple security tools and apps. Currently he is writing for, a resource for Mac virus scan reviews.



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kapil January 19, 2013 at 02:03

These are good options and I would also add Kaspersky Security for Mac as a reliable solution.

Jack January 19, 2013 at 07:06

I think there are a lot of anti-virus apps for MAC, now I use KIS.

Jack January 19, 2013 at 07:08

But I will try another as this article talk about.

Nidhan February 15, 2013 at 07:37

This post drives the real security applications list for mac. I like this one. There are also cool antivirus applications for mac like iAntivirus, Commodo, Sophos, Avira and Avast . The best thing is all of them are FREE .

Ajay March 17, 2013 at 13:54

All of these are best Antivirus software’s for mac and i agree it. But i still doubt that can virus effect Macintosh operating system?


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