Q&A Which Anti-Malware for Mac?

Discussion in 'Other Security for macOS and Linux' started by ptrwmo, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. ptrwmo

    ptrwmo New Member

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    #1 ptrwmo, Oct 11, 2014
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    My Mac got JS/Kryptik.ALB. what is the best antivirus/anti-malware for Mac?
     
  2. rebel4life

    rebel4life Level 9

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    #2 rebel4life, Oct 11, 2014
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    Do you want paid or free antivirus?
     
  3. ptrwmo

    ptrwmo New Member

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    #3 ptrwmo, Oct 11, 2014
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    Either way as long as it works!
     
  4. rebel4life

    rebel4life Level 9

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    #4 rebel4life, Oct 11, 2014
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    You can try sophos anti-virus for mac (free) or avira, AND for paid one: eset
     
  5. ptrwmo

    ptrwmo New Member

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    Thanks. will give sophos a try.
     
  6. Oxygen

    Oxygen Level 42

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  7. Manzai

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    Intego VirusBarrier or Bitdefender :)
     
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  8. vaso rao

    vaso rao Level 2

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    I don't have mac, but you can try Kaspersky AV
     
  9. venustus

    venustus Level 43
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  10. bob974

    bob974 Level 4

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    Yes sophos is good, better than avast for me...
    Now I'm trying Norman...
     
  11. ahmad123

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    #11 ahmad123, Oct 12, 2014
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    Kaspersky Lab experts have calculated the chances of a malicious program making it onto a Mac OS X device. In August, the probability of unwanted encounters with malware was about 3%. Compared to the 21% infection risk facing Windows users, the situation with Macs seems much more relaxed. However, if you translate this into the number of potential incidents, the problem no longer seems so trivial– according to Kaspersky Security Network data, an active Internet user could find malware getting onto a Mac OS X device at least 10 times a year.

    • In the first 8 months of 2014, Kaspersky Lab recorded almost 1,000 unique attacks against Mac devices. These attacks are grouped into 25 main families
    • There is a roughly 3% chance of a Mac OS X computer becoming infected.
    • There are 1800 samples of malicious Mac OS X files in Kaspersky Lab’s collection.

    Read more: http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news...ctive-Internet-user-at-least-ten-times-a-year
     
  12. Hanmin147

    Hanmin147 Level 28

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    Also Mac users can risk being conduits to windows malware, even though it doesn't infect OS X.
     
  13. MisterToto

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    Malwares on Mac become more and more numerous you can't just stay here and say "I have a Mac I'm protected" now, I agree with the fact that Sophos is a good product for you=)
     
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  14. ptrwmo

    ptrwmo New Member

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    Between Sophos and Avast, which one will you choose?
     
  15. Spawn

    Spawn Administrator
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    As with Windows, there is no best antivirus or anti-malware product on the market. Mac OS X has GateKeeper, you should check that it's enabled, http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5290
    1. Regularly check for OS + security updates
    2. Ensure Java is updated with the latest version
    3. Remember to keep all other third-party Apps updated
    4. Use a secure web browser (ie. Google Chrome)
    5. Always check reviews before using any browser extensions
    6. Never download/run files from unknown sites, or suspicious emails attachments
    Bottom Line: Never rely on your AV to protect your PC (Windows, Mac or Linux).

    You can check files downloaded with VirusTotal, using their Uploader tool for Mac OS, https://www.virustotal.com/uk/documentation/desktop-applications/mac-osx-uploader

    ESET: http://virusradar.com/en/JS_Kryptik.ALB/description
     
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  16. ptrwmo

    ptrwmo New Member

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    Very helpful tips. Thanks! Avast detected a brunch of files in the Cache folder of Google Chrome.
     
  17. MisterToto

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    For Mac I'll choose Sophos, it's my opinion =)
     
  18. ptrwmo

    ptrwmo New Member

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    For what reasons you think Sophos is better than Avast for Mac?
     
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  19. Tony Cole

    Tony Cole Level 27

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    Hi ptrwmo

    I use to use Apple Mac for 3-4yrs and I found Kaspersky to be by far the best antivirus for Mac's. It even comes with a URL scanner so you then know if a website is harmful etc., give it a try, the UI is also well laid out and easy to understand. I have tried Intego but it was poor to say the least.

    Tony :)
     
  20. Anker_by

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    I use Malwarebytes for scan and Avast for AV
     
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