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What are some good Mac antivirus software options?

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High quality virus protection programs for Macintosh computers include Avast, Bitdefender and F-Secure, according to reviews by PC Magazine in 2015. These three programs also received favorable reviews from the editors of CNET.

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Avast offers both user-initiated scanning of a computer and all connected devices, as well as real-time protection through a plug-in for web browsers. The web protection detects suspicious activity from websites, including possible phishing scams and corrupt java scripts. Users reported being impressed that Avast did not slow their computers down while scanning for viruses, but some users felt that scans took too long to complete.

Bitdefender is reported as being very easy on system resources, as well as extremely powerful at detecting threats. When tested by AV-test, an independent research lab, the software detected all of the 160 threats that were introduced. Hourly database updates keep the program current on new viruses circulating online, as well as websites that include malware.

F-Secure installs quickly and offers the added protection of the DeepGuard feature, which detects malicious programs that are too new to be catalogued in virus databases. It installs quickly and is considered easy to operate by most users. However, it does not include a plug-in for web browsers, leaving users open to malicious websites while browsing the Internet.

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