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If you have a Mac, please don't use this antivirus program

If you have a Mac, please don't use this antivirus program
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Apple's MacOS is known to be one of the more secure operating systems out there. However, due to its increasing popularity and expanding user base, hackers and cybercriminals are starting to victimize iMacs and MacBooks more than ever.

Macs may be safer than Windows machines (for now) but they are certainly not completely immune from malicious software attacks.

This is why Mac owners are starting to rely on third-party antivirus software more and more. This not only gives them the peace of mind but most of these programs do work as advertised!

Well, except one.

AV-Test results

AV-Test, a German-based IT security research company that regularly tests security software, has just released its latest anti-virus software evaluations.

In its latest laboratory tests, the AV-Test research team examined a total of 13 anti-virus products under MacOS Sierra - nine for home users and four for business.

The tests were conducted on identical Macs running on macOS Sierra 10.12.6. and the anti-virus products were installed as additional protections. This means the software worked in conjunction with the built-in protections of macOS Sierra.

The home products evaluated are as follows:

  • Avast Security 12.9
  • Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac 6.1
  • Comodo Antivirus 2.2
  • F-Secure Safe 17.0
  • Intego Mac Internet Security X9 10.9
  • Kaspersky Lab Internet Security for Mac 18.0
  • Sophos Home 1.2
  • Symantec Norton Security 7.5
  • Trend Micro Antivirus 8.0

According to their tests, six out of these nine home anti-virus programs detected all 514 malware variants the team exposed the Macs with - Avast, Bitdefender, Kaspersky Lab, Sophos, Symantec and Trend Micro. If you have any of these Mac anti-virus packages installed, then you are well protected.

Intego Mac Internet Security missed a few but still attained a respectable 99.4 percent success rate. F-Secure Safe managed a somewhat good 93.8 percent success rate.

Comodo fails miserably

While almost all the Mac home anti-virus solutions AV-Test evaluated scored at least 93 percent, one of them failed spectacularly.

Comodo Antivirus 2.2 managed to detect only a measly 38.1 percent of the malware variants.

Yep, a mere 38.1 percent! That's worse than a failing grade, it's a total travesty if you ask me. According to AV-Test, Comodo's performance is "unacceptable."

Based on these results, if you're looking for an anti-virus program for your Mac, please avoid Comodo at all costs!

System impact

AV-Test also evaluated the system load of the anti-virus solutions it tested.

The products from Kaspersky Lab, Trend Micro, and Symantec added a load of a mere one to two additional seconds when copying and downloading files. According to AV-Test, these load times are actually unnoticeable in everyday use.

Bitdefender and Sophos Home required as much as six to 13 seconds more time while F-Secure and Intego loaded within 21 to 35 seconds.

Avast Security, while achieving a perfect score in detection, slowed down the Macs by as much 73 seconds, a time deemed as too much by AV-Test.

We're assuming that due to Comodo Antivirus' dismal detection rates, AV-Test didn't even bother to time its performance.

Business solutions

On the business side of things, results were more promising. AV-Test stated that ESET, SentinelOne and Sophos detected all the malware variants - a perfect 100 percent rate.b Endpoint Security from McAfee was not bad at all at 99.6 percent.

All the business solutions had excellent system load rates. SentinelOne and McAfee only had one to two-second impact rates, ESET had seven while Sophos was at 10 seconds.

Have a question about anti-virus programs? Kim has your answer! Click here to send Kim a question, she may use it and answer it on her radio show. The Kim Komando Show is broadcast on over 450 stations. Click here to find the show time in your area.

In other news, Google has a new tool that lets you block annoying ads

I'm sure you've had this happen to you more often than not - online ads that follow you around, nagging you to "don't forget to buy me, please!" These are called "reminder ads" and although they're not malicious, everyone knows they can be downright annoying. To stop these annoying reminders, Google has a new tool to help you out. Click here to read more about it.

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