Best Anti Virus for Mac OS

bakron1

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I have had several friends who are converting from PC to Mac and are always asking me what anti virus software I would recommend for Mac OS.

I know there are pros and cons to running anti virus software, just thought I would reach out and see if someone has any running on their machine and share their thoughts.

I have been using DR.Webb for many years, but they are falling behind and don’t have a current version for Big Sur and can’t tell me when one will be available. Any suggestions are welcome.
 

Lee_Bo

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I was an Eset user for years. Recently tried BitDefender as it seems to come up at the top of the list in many web searches. While I do like it, there's an annoying VPN service that's also installed.
 

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I've been happy with Bitdefender and see it two ways. As an enterprise admin it's also a component in Cisco AMP. I have it at a site to small for AMP's min 25 licenses. Overall no complaints about compatibility, performance and effectiveness.
 

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I used Sophos on my personal Mac. Stopped using it with Big Sur, due to incompatibility.

Professionally, when I still used a MacBook Pro, we used System Center Endpoint Protection, which is no longer available.
 

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I use Malwarebytes. The free version, which means I have to manually run scans. I think I accidentally partially deleted it and then that version didn't work the big sur beta version I was on. I tried Sophos in the meanwhile. Then Malwarebytes had an update and I could use it again. It found multiple things Sophos missed.
 

bakron1

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Thanks for the input folks, as with others, I used Dr.Webb for many years without any issues, but seems they are falling behind on updating their software to Big Sur.

Looks like I am going to look at BitDefender, seems to be at the top of the list.
 

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I have been using Malwarebytes free version and it is great. I haven’t tried bit-defender, I am looking into it also.
 

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Malwarebytes was suggested to me by a long time iMac/ MacBook user. I have no complaints and it runs completely in the background.
 

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