PROS / It successfully detected most Mac malware threats without compromising computer speed, according to software security testing firm AV-Test.
CONS / Phone support is not available 24/7.
VERDICT / ESET Cyber Security is a formidable malware and phishing detector that offers an excellent feature set for Mac devices.
Editor’s Note: Top Ten Reviews uses test results from the independent laboratory AV-Test as part of our review process for the best antivirus software. AV-Test looks specifically at malware detection and loss of performance on Mac operating systems, and it performs these evaluations several times throughout the year. We use the most current AV-Test scores available at the time of our review. It is possible that new AV-Test scores will be released after our review goes live on our site. We will consider those scores during our next review of the best Mac antivirus software.
Hackers no longer ignore the Mac operating system. Fortunately, many antivirus tools are now available so you're not vulnerable to malware attacks or phishing schemes. ESET Cyber Security is a basic antivirus application for Macs. This program includes several useful features, such as antivirus, antispyware and antiphishing tools, but it does so without slowing down your Mac.
ESET is among the best antivirus software applications for Macs. In independent tests conducted by AV-Test, an organization that tests and rates antivirus and security suite software, ESET successfully stopped 93.5 percent of known Mac malware threats in their tracks.
Another component of AV-Test's evaluation is measuring the effect of the Mac antivirus software on computer speed. According to AV-Test, ESET caused a delay of three seconds. This is one of the lowest delays of the Mac antivirus solutions on our list. You shouldn't notice much lag on your Mac when you run this software.
In addition to its high detection rates and imperceptible effect on performance, ESET has a comprehensive set of features. Its antimalware feature doesn't just target Mac malware. It also is designed to stop Windows malware from passing through your computer so you don't unknowingly infect Windows users when you share files or send emails. In fact, ESET is only one of four products we reviewed that earned a score of average or above when it came to detecting Windows malware threats. Several applications on our list had a below average score in detecting these threats.
Besides thwarting malware, ESET alerts you to websites that trick people into revealing sensitive personal data, a threat known as phishing. It automatically scans incoming emails and USB drives connected to your Mac to ensure any threats are blocked from these entry points.
When evaluating Mac antivirus software, we checked whether the application has a gamer mode and a bootable rescue CD. Gamer mode suspends some functions while you are playing games or watching videos online so you are not interrupted by pop-up reminders or affected by slow computer speed caused by Mac virus scans. ESET Cyber Security comes with gamer mode. It also has a bootable rescue CD feature that allows you to reboot your computer and restore files in the event of a vicious attack.
In the event you have a question or issue with ESET Cyber Security, you can reach its support department by email or telephone. Online chat is also available. However, help is only available weekdays, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, which is disappointing compared to other Mac antivirus solutions that offer 24/7 support.
ESET Cyber Security is a great performer with an extensive list of useful features. According to AV-Test, it detected 93.5 percent of malware threats, and it did so without noticeably slowing system performance. Further, it alerts you to malicious malware, dangerous websites and phishing threats, making it solid all-around protection for your Mac.