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Five antivirus scanners for Mac

Think you don't need an antivirus scanner for your Mac? Get your head out of the sand and get protected!
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Introduction

Think you don't need an antivirus scanner for your Mac? Get your head out of the sand and get protected! While malware is much rarer on OS X than it is on Windows, the increased popularity of the platform means that hackers have turned their attention to this new ecosystem

And protecting your Mac won't cost the earth either, with four out of the five antivirus scanners listed here being totally free.

See also:

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Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition

A comprehensive scanner that not only catches OS X malware, but also stops you spreading any Windows nasties you might have picked up to others.

Once installed, it will work quietly in the background with your choice of scanning on-access, on-demand or on a schedule.

Works on Macs running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard to the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

  • Finds and removes viruses, Trojans and worms
  • Stops all threats, even if they're new
  • Installs easily and runs quietly

More information: Sophos

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AVG Antivirus for Mac

A simple-to-use yet powerful antivirus scanner that is always on, runs in the background, and protects you against threats both old and new.

  • Protects against OS X, Windows and Android malware
  • Drag and drop interface allows you to easily scan suspect files
  • Automatic updates

More information: AVG

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Avast Free Mac Security

A lightweight yet powerful antivirus scanner that not only scans your file system for malware, but also keeps your email and web browsing secure.

  • Avast is used by 220 million customers worldwide
  • Constantly updated
  • Secure VPN for your iOS or Android device to secure public Wi-Fi

More information: Avast

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ClamXav

A free and open source antivirus scanner for Mac that protects against both OS X and Windows malware.

  • Easy to use, and clearly highlights infected files
  • Versatile and easy to set up
  • Powerful open source scanner

More information: ClamXav

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Intego Mac Internet Security X8

The only commercial product on this list, but worthy of a mention because it offers premium features that the free software doesn't, such as a firewall and parental controls.

  • Worry-free protection from Mac and PC malware and viruses
  • Location-aware network protection
  • Easy set up and configuration for non-technical users

Prices start from $39.99

More information: Intego

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