Top 10 Mac Antivirus 2022: Free and Paid

Each of the antiviruses on this list adds more functionality to Apple's built-in security features, with things like enhanced firewall protection and safer browsing with Safari; many of them even have better backups than Apple's Time Machine — they're all affordable, easy to use, and 100% secure.

1. Intego

Intego's malware scanner is also very fast. This is because Intego uses file caching technology — meaning that after the initial full system scan, it will ignore previously scanned files that it knows are safe. Norton also uses file caching, but most of the other antiviruses on this list do not, so this is definitely a plus.
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2. McAfee Total Protection

McAfee has one of the most trusted anti-malware tools for Mac —it blocked all the malware samples and ransomware simulations for macOS that I launched during my testing, even detects hidden keyloggers and spyware very well.
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3. TotalAV

TotalAV comes with powerful internet security and Mac optimization tools. Its anti-virus engine worked almost flawlessly in my tests detecting every sample of Mac-based malware. However, TotalAV's real-time engine was unable to stop some of the simulated zero-day malware attacks that Intego and McAfee blocked.
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4. Norton 360

Norton 360 has an advanced anti-malware engine that achieves a 100% detection rate when it comes to catching the latest macOS malware samples on my iMac. Norton's scans are also significantly faster than other antivirus software, as it uses file caching technology to skip previously scanned files, similar to Intego.
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5. Bitdefender Total Security

Bitdefender Total Security includes a very advanced anti-malware engine that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to capture threats before they cause damage — I launched a series of ransomware and malware other macOS-based malware, and Bitdefender blocked all of them.
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6. MacKeeper

MacKeeper is designed specifically for Mac, it's very user-friendly, and its security features are among the most intuitive I've tested. Its antivirus scanner is also very good — it detected most of the malware samples in my tests, all of which were immediately removed from my system.
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7. Avira

Avira Free Antivirus for Mac has one of the fastest and most effective malware scanners available today — it caught every piece of malware I downloaded to my MacBook, it scanned the entire system in less than 40 minutes (faster than most competitors!) and had absolutely no effect on my system performance, even when I was using CPU-intensive video editing software.
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8. Panda Dome Essential

Panda Dome Essential for Mac is a basic antivirus that offers good protection against Mac-based malware — its anti-malware engine caught over 98% of malware samples in my tests (it missed a few complex spyware files as well as a trojan that top competitors like Intego, McAfee, and Norton have all detected).
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9. Kaspersky Internet Security

Kaspersky's anti-virus engine for Mac performed quite well in my tests —it detected more than 95% of the malware samples I downloaded to my iMac in my testing.
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10. Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes for Mac offers a malware scanner with web protection and real-time protection — but not much else. In my tests, Malwarebytes identified about 90% of the malware I downloaded to my Mac, which is a good result, but not as good as Intego, McAfee, or TotalAV.
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