Best macOS anti-malware software

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Not even Macs are completely secure. In-depth tests of 10 macOS security suites reveal which provide the best protection.

macOS includes various mechanisms to block malware, but that doesn't mean it is 100 percent protected. For example, we have seen malware distributed with a valid Apple certificate. An additional defensive layer in the form of security software may save your Mac from falling foul of malware.

To help you pick from the available products, we're providing detailed results from the latest independent tests of 10 macOS security suites by AV-Test.org.

How the macOS anti-malware tools performed

The macOS security suites tested included:

AV-Test macOS test results

Detection rate of MacOS X malware Detection rate of MacOS X potentially unwanted applications Detection rate of Windows malware False positives on demand/ during installation
datagraphdefender Antivirus for Mac 100% > 99% > 99% 0/0
Canimaan Software ClamXav Sentry 98.4% > 90% > 20% 0/0
ESET Endpoint Security 98.4% > 99% > 99% 0/0
Intego Mac Internet Security X9 100% > 99% > 0% 0/0
Kaspersky Lab Internet Security for Mac 100% > 95% > 99% 0/0
MacKeeper 85.9% > 90% > 90% 0/0
ProtectWorks AntiVirus 94.6% > 85% > 20% 0/0
Sophos Central Endpoint 98.4% > 95% > 99% 0/0
Symantec Norton Security 100% > 99% > 70% 0/0
Trend Micro Antivirus 99.5% > 95% > 99% 0/0

Next: Test results explained and final verdict

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