I just got done updating my MacBook Pro to the latest Mac OS X which is the Mavericks. Coincidentally with the Mavericks update, my Kaspersky antivirus for Mac is about to be expired, seven days to be exact, and so I was frantically searching for a good alternative. I downloaded all sorts of antivirus for Mac out there, but I found many of them had performed poorly or not worked at all with Mac OS X Mavericks. Luckily, I found one that is working rather well with Mac OS X Mavericks at this point in time. I didn’t even have to download it on a strange website, because it is readily available in the Mac App Store. Basically, I pulled my hair out for nothing! The antivirus I’m talking of is the Bitdefender Virus Scanner.
You can download Bitdefender Virus Scanner for free in the Mac App Store. This antivirus app runs well, and I haven’t found any trouble with it yet. It does not slow down my MacBook Pro at all, and so this is a really big plus. I found most Mac antivirus software tend to slow down my MacBook Pro a lot, but Bitdefender Virus Scanner proves to be not this sort of case at all. One downside to this Mac antivirus app is that it does not have a real time monitoring/scanning feature. You know how the antivirus software on Windows would behave? (Lurking in the background and checking to see if there is a malicious process!)
Bitdefender Virus Scanner also got a paid version, and you can also find it in the Mac App Store. I think it is being called as Virus Scanner Plus. I think the paid version comes with more features such as Continuous Scan, but I don’t really know what this feature does since I haven’t yet bought the paid version.
I combine Bitdefender Virus Scanner with Little Snitch Network Monitor to add an additional sound security defense measure for my MacBook Pro. The first line of defense is obviously would be the Mac OS X Mavericks’ default firewall. Still, you can never know how much computer security measures would be enough, because there is always that somebody who knows just enough to poke a hole through your computer security defense. I hope this little confession of mine will be of some help to Mac users who are thinking of adding an antivirus program to their computer security defense.
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