…Not the 18 Companies Creating Anti-Malware for It
Okay, compared to attacks on Windows and Android operating systems, there are a lot fewer Mac attacks. Not exactly news. And the reason why is also not news. With fewer devices running OS X rather than Windows or Android, it just makes sense hackers would look for targets with better returns. Every day, independent test lab AV-TEST.org captures more than 400,000 new malware samples for Windows and 5,000 new samples for Android compared to less than 100 per month for Mac.
18 anti-malware products tested
In his piece on zdnet.com, Larry Seltzer discusses the 18 anti-malware products now available for OS X and how they made out in AV-TEST.org tests. The following has been excerpted from his article and edited to fit our format. You may find the full article by clicking on this link.
- avast! Free Antivirus 9.0 (41877)
- AVG AntiVirus 14.0 (4715)
- Avira Free Antivirus 188.8.131.52
- Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac 2.21.4959
- Comodo Antivirus 1.1.214829.106
- ESET Cyber Security Pro 184.108.40.206
- F-Secure Anti-Virus for Mac 1.0.282 (13406)
- G Data Antivirus for Mac 2.30.5095
- Intego VirusBarrier 10.8.1
- Kaspersky Internet Security 220.127.116.11c
- McAfee Internet Security 18.104.22.168 (1702)
- Microworld eScan for Mac 5.5-8
- Norman Antivirus for Mac 3.0.7664
- Panda Antivirus 10.7.8 (772)
- Sophos Anti-Virus 8.0.23
- Symantec Norton Internet Security 5.6 (25)
- Trend Micro Titanium 3.0.1251
- Webroot SecureAnywhere 22.214.171.124: 181
You can find complete results [on the a-v test.org site.] Five of the products (avast!, Sophos, AVG, Comodo and Avira) are free.
About testing methods
AV-TEST used “…the products which are offered at the AV vendor’s websites as downloads. The versions available at the Mac App Store might be limited in functionality, as they cannot access all APIs.”
AV-TEST provides test results for malware detection, both on-access and on-demand; false positives; impact on system performance; and ancillary features, specifically anti-spam, anti-phishing, personal firewall, safe browsing, parental control, backup and encryption.
How some products fared
The products from avast!, Bitdefender, G Data, Norman, ESET, Intego, Panda, Microworld, F-Secure, Sophos and Kaspersky detected a very high percentage of the malware on-access. AV-TEST also gives results for on-demand scanning, but their importance pales (in our opinion) in comparison to those of on-access. Kaspersky detected 95.2% on-access, several others detected 97.6% and 98.8% and four products detected 100% of malware on-access. All of these numbers are excellent, but obviously it doesn’t get better than 100%.
Several products, all with well-known brands, had disappointing results. Trend Micro (33.3%), Webroot (22.6%) and McAfee (21.4%) all stand out in a bad way.
None of the products had a single false positive. This may be possible because of the relatively low number of samples.
Compared to PC products, the Mac products offer very few additional features. Eight of them add no extra features (as counted by AV-TEST). Only five offer more than one. The only real stand-out is ESET Cyber Security Pro, which offers anti-spam, personal firewall, safe browsing and parental control.
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