The Top 5 Antivirus Programs For The Apple Mac

Protecting your computer from the latest threats on the internet is a big deal, more so than at any time in the past. Cyber criminals are becoming cleverer and far more organised. They are constantly developing new tricks and new malware, designed to cause harm to your computer, your bank balance, or both.

There was a time when these criminals only went after the big fish and that meant targeting computers using the Windows operating system. Now, however, the Mac is growing in popularity and so presents itself as a juicier target.

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If you use a Mac you may mistakenly believe that you are immune to viruses.

You are not.

New threats are emerging that target Apple’s machine and you need to be prepared to meet them. You need an antivirus program for your Mac.

Here Are 5 Antivirus Programs For The Apple Mac

In no particular order –

ClamCour Antivirus:

Viruses can attack your computer via emails, so ClamCour is like a courier filter which will allows Clam Antivirus to scan incoming mail for viruses and it rejects the mail if the check is positive.

With version 0.3.8 you can effectively detect and delete viruses found in your mail.

Perhaps one of the best things about ClamCour is the fact that it is freeware – download here.

Agax Antivirus:

Agax Antivirus for MAC is freeware software too.

It has been around for years and may not be suitable for newer versions of Mac OS but you can get it here.

I don’t know about today but it was certainly one of the best antivirus applications for the MAC in years gone by.

Agax provides both standard virus-scanning facilities and more advanced background protection, so there is no chance for your computer to get infected in the first place.

Agax contains an additional feature called defender which is an antivirus extension.

It utilises these features to detect and delete viruses from infected files.

iAntivirus for MAC:

iAntivirus is one of the top antivirus for MAC OS and a freeware application as well.

iAntivirus protects your computer from web threats by providing comprehensive system scanning and real-time protection to ensure your Mac remains safe and virus free.

It comes with smart automatic updates and uses little in the way of resources.

McAfee Virus Scan:

McAfee produce on of the most popular antivirus programs for Windows and so it is no surprise that they also have a Mac offering too.

It is one of the best antiviruses for Macintosh as well.

McAfee VirusScan For Mac guards against all types of viruses and malicious code, even new unknown threats.

The Mac has an excellent feature called McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator which allows you to use this McAfee product to efficiently manage all clients on your network that are protected by Virus Scan.

VirusScan has many good features, including –

  • It is very easy to use and has a user friendly interface.
  • Virus databases are updated with a single click.
  • Virus scanning with McAfee is very reliable and accurate.

Norton Antivirus:

Norton Antivirus is another familiar name when it comes to computer/internet security.

Norton Antivirus for Mac uses a virus database to automatically update itself so that it can detect and repair the most recently discovered Macintosh viruses.

This antivirus program  is very easy to download and quick to install.

This one will cost you and can be found here.

Personally, I’m not a Mac user so I can’t recommend which of the above is best or even whether they are effective at all but if you need convincing about the need to protect your Mac from malware then I recommend you watch the following video –

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If you have any feedback on these antivirus programs, or alternative Mac antivirus, then please share your knowledge via the comment form below.

If you found this page looking for antivirus for a Windows machine then check out the best 10 antivirus for 2010.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. You forgot the Sophos AV.

  2. SMacK Daddy says:

    I disagree with Paolo regarding your reviews of ClamCour and Agax. I However, Intego VirusBarrier X6 is quite an oversight. It is a very popular AV solution for the Mac.

    While I personally disagree that an AV application is actually necessary for most users, unless they are regularly using P2P downloading applications, I do have Intego’s product installed on my MBpro, as most companies I work with and for mandate the use of working and up-to-date AV software on any machine connecting to their networks.

    So for compliance reasons Intego fits the bill, and not being freeware, I have a vendor to whom I can “pass the buck” if something passes it by. (Which is highly unlikely.) Of course, this means I ahve to pay for an anti-virus product, but it is essentially a business expense and a necessary one in my line of work.

    Also, Intego offers some very good content filtering software, which I have found to be very useful on my home iMac, which is used by the whole family. I’ve tried a few content filtering solutions, and Intego’s was the easiest to manage. For me, the less support calls I get from the family, the happier I am, which is why I switched to a Mac in the first place. With the content filter I get fewer calls about useful sites being blocked than I used to get from my wife about undesirable sites *not* being blocked! So in my view it was worth shelling out a little bit more to get.

  3. your review is completely off the line for Agax & Clamcour and you have forgotten intego virusbarrier X6


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