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[RESOLVED] What free antivirus software do you have on your MacBook?

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[RESOLVED] What free antivirus software do you have on your MacBook?

Just restoring an early 2015 MacBook for use and wondering what would be the best free antivirus software out there. I don't want to pay for a subscription.

https://www.techradar.com/best/best-mac ... s-software

1. Avast Free Mac Security
2. Avira Free Antivirus for Mac
3. Bitdefender Virus Scanner for Mac
4. Malwarebytes for Mac
5. Sophos Home for Mac
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I don't have any AV software on my Macbook Pro... Should I have one?
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You don't have to. No one is forcing us lol.
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I have Avast which works well but is nagware.

Every so often it asks if I want to upgrade to a more feature rich version for $$.
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After buying some lifetime licenses of Malwarebytes antimalware on ebay (bad move), getting it voided (must be due to multiple sales of the same license), getting new lifetime license replacements from the company and then for the licenses to stop running after a few months, I'm through with Malwarebytes.
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I have never run AV software on my MacBooks lol
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I use the free scanner from Malwarebytes (very) occasionally on my Macs.

For ongoing real-time protection I'm using the free version of Sophos Home. I especially like the cloud-based managing of multiple computers that is available even with the free version because it allows me to keep an eye on the PCs of my much older parents.

I'm considering upgrading to the premium version of the product but have not yet done so.
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audit13 wrote: I have never run AV software on my MacBooks lol
That's you, a professional, versus my 6 y.o. lol.
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Sophos home does the trick
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Suggest Sophos [basing on what we use for PCs and Androids] as real time free AV and optionally MBAM free or Bitdefender free for once/twice a month on demand scan.

Not sure if any conflict with Bitdefender on a system already with AV but MBAM normally does not conflict.
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Haven't used antivirus since 2012.
Thanks for the upvote! 😁
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georvu wrote: Suggest Sophos [basing on what we use for PCs and Androids] as real time free AV and optionally MBAM free or Bitdefender free for once/twice a month on demand scan.

Not sure if any conflict with Bitdefender on a system already with AV but MBAM normally does not conflict.
Sophos and MBAM free every so often then.

Thanks everyone who had something positive to contribute.
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On my personal Mac I don’t use any AV; on my work Mac my company had us all install Sophos which I quite like - it’s light and fast and seems to be well rated so if I were to install one that’d be my choice.

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