If Macs don’t get viruses– that’s what I hear on the streets of Macland– then why all the anti-virus applications? Well, as it turns out, viruses are a part of malware, and malware is everywhere, so it doesn’t hurt to be protected.
Are Mac users somewhat paranoid about viruses and malware? After all, most Mac users these days came from the dark side of Windows life. Look what you can buy on the Mac App Store.
Click or tap the image to see the details of which antivirus apps are available for the Mac. And that’s not the entire list.
Some time ago I read a lengthy– and I mean length with girth— app review for Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac. Apparently this is a very good antivirus malware detector.
It received the highest possible detection scores from AV-TEST and AV Comparatives: 100 percent from AV-TEST for detection of macOS potentially unwanted applications (PUA), and above 99 percent for identifying Windows malware.
Whoa! What’s not to like? Well, the price tag, for one. $60. Per year. For three Macs.
Through the years I’ve tried a few of the so-called antivirus malware removal applications. Most of them find files that are OK, and not one has found a bit of malware and certainly not a single virus– and that’s on a Mac that lives and works in a mixed environment of Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs.
Yes, Macs can be infected with malware and there are enough antivirus apps out there to tell you malware is a problem somewhere on someone’s Mac. But where?
Do you run malware detection apps or utilities on your Mac?
Apple ships the Mac with the firewall turned off so even the Mac maker itself isn’t worried about outside hackers making their way into the Mac. Obviously, the problem is the same as it has always been. The user. For Macs that I know have been infected with some variant of malware, it’s usually because the Mac user visited a website or downloaded an infected application.
The virus or malware didn’t find its way to the Mac. The Mac user brought it home. My Macs from the last century had more viruses and malware than any Mac I’ve owned in the 21st century. Is the malware industry an industry looking for a problem to solve? Or, is there a problem and growing threat that needs a solution?