The Top Best Antivirus Software for Mac 2016 (Free & Paid)

In case you own a Mac, then in that case, you will certainly need an antivirus software. This statement may cause few of the Apple users to not listen to this advice and will probably walk away but with the increasing number of Mac malware that are present on the internet makes it quite important to understand that these software are duly needed no matter what.

Back in 2012, there was a Flashback Trojan which infected over 600,000 Macs. In 2013, a targeted attack was made to hit OS X developers present in companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and even Apple itself. In 2015, hundreds of OS X and iOS apps were attacked by XcodeGhost.

We have evaluated six free and paid antivirus software for Mac. We have chosen Bitdefender Antivirus as our top choice. It provides faster scans and minimum impact on the performance of the system along with catching all malware. However, Sophos Home for Mac is judged as best free option since it provides good malware protection along with easy-to-use interface which leaves small impact on the performance.

Test Methodology

For evaluating user experience, interface along with performance effect, we installed all these Antivirus programs on same Macbook Pro which runs on OS X EL Capitan 10.11.4. This Mac was powered by 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor along with 8 GB ram and with over 20 GB of data stored on a 512 GB SSD.

The tests were conducted on tests in May and June 2016 which were based on how much these antivirus software impacted on laptop’s performance. In order to do so, we utilized custom OpenOffice benchmark, which matches over 20,000 names and addresses mentioned on a spreadsheet. We measured the quick scan time and full scan with laptop working numbers in its background.


We obtained results on how easily all of the programs was able to be used and the number of important features it offered which also includes free add-on software. AV-TEST tested these Mac anti-malware engines from different brands to see how precisely they detected malware while making active scans.

Mentioned below are the best antivirus software for Mac.

1. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Out of the six antivirus software for Mac, we found paid Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac the best tool for detection of malware, perfectly. This software makes thing easier to start an on-demand scan by putting the Scan in front and center in its streamlined and modern interface. It also performed well in competition in system performance resulting in no significant impact during passive use.

2. Sophos Home for Mac

Boasting about its simple and clear interface and low impact on system performance, you will hardly realize that Sophos Home for Mac is working until you require it. The young children will definitely finds Sophos’ parental controls quite useful as they are provided with remote scans along with checks and block different sites by category. Sophos also keep a log of the attempt made by users to visit banned pages. Its malware detection rate is quite high too.

3. Kaspersky Internet Security

This antivirus software provides the lowest level of system performance impact and comes with great set of additional security features such as parental controls along with options to even lock the webcam and stopping the sites from tracking your browsing activities. If you are ready to pay for protection of your Mac from malware, then this software is quite a better option. However, it still is behind Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac as the latter one detects more number of malware.

4. Norton Security Deluxe

It costs more for any single user than it does with Kaspersky and Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac. You can also make on-call customer support. However, Bitdefender also offers similar support along with better malware detection and lesser impact on system performance.

5. Avast Free Mac Security

It captured and caught as many malware as it did with other three software mentioned above. But it does that without costing you anything. But its major drawback is the lack of additional security features along with significant impact on system performance while conducting full scans.

6. Avira Free Antivirus

When it comes to malware detection, Avira has been downgraded because its competitors surpassed Avira in various ways. The Avira Free Antivirus for Mac has also fell backwards in system performance test.

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