Pros / Kaspersky includes parental controls to protect your children online.
Cons / It doesn’t have a vulnerability scan.
Verdict / Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac is comprehensive internet security software that consistently performs well in protection test and has extra features that give you more protection than basic antivirus programs.
Installing Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac is one of the best ways to protect your computer from viruses, Trojans, hackers, rootkits, ransomware and so many other threats. While there have been some warnings about government entities and departments using Kaspersky software, we found it to still be a reliable program for home computer use. For more information please read this article by our sister site, Tom’s Guide.
This Mac antivirus program secures your computer against threats transmitted via email attachments, USB drives and file downloads through real-time virus scans. In addition to antimalware and antiphishing capabilities, it has useful features such as parental controls and safe banking tools to keep you safe while you’re online. This software consistently performs well in independent testing and in our own in-house tests, with scores that place it among the best antivirus software for Macs.
- AV-Test Detection Rate
- AV-Test Loss of Performance
Kaspersky was independently tested by respected third-party software test labs AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, both of which looked at how well it identifies and blocks several thousand known and unknown malware threats. It received perfect scores from both facilities, plus it impressed us by finding keyloggers and blocking adware on our Mac test computers. We were equally impressed to see that in addition to Mac viruses, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac was also very good at finding and blocking Windows malware so it can’t be transferred from Mac machines to PCs. Only half of the Mac antivirus programs we reviewed earned an above-average score, and Kaspersky was one of those.
Kaspersky doesn’t significantly, or even noticeably, slow your computer while it runs, even during full virus scans. The software updates itself frequently, but these updates don’t affect computer performance because they run in the background. As we tested Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac, we downloaded files, loaded webpages, played online games and watched videos during virus scans without noticing any drag. Third-party labs drew similar conclusions, with AV-Comparatives noticing only a single second delay compared to computer speeds while performing common tasks without Kaspersky installed and running.
Scanning & Detection
Kaspersky’s Mac antivirus software has excellent features and a modern design that is easy to navigate. It has both a quick scan and a full scan option, though both are thorough and good at finding hidden malware, including ransomware. It also has phishing scheme protection and doesn’t let emails with these threats into your inbox. In addition, it blocks phishing websites so you can’t access them.
This Mac virus scanner can run automatically upon system startup, or you can adjust the security levels and pop-up notification settings so the software only does a much as you want it to. The gamer, or silent, mode suspends some notifications and scans while you play games or watch videos online so the program doesn’t interrupt you.
The only feature Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac doesn’t have is a vulnerability scan. This tool is used to find weak spots in your system, such as out-of-date software, and help you fix them. If you feel that you need a system vulnerability scan, you can purchase a higher tiered internet security program from Kaspersky, or you can check out another solution we reviewed, such as Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac, that includes a vulnerability scanner.
Privacy & Protection
Many Mac antivirus programs don’t include addition security tools beyond basic virus protection, but Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac has a couple that are important. For example, it has safe banking tools that make it hard for identity thieves and internet snoops to capture your login credentials, bank account numbers and identifying information using keyloggers or spyware.
Kaspersky also has a great set of parental controls that let you limit when you kids can be online and block dangerous content and websites. The software also lets you shut down the webcam so your kids can’t video chat with people you don’t know or trust, and it can keep them from sharing telephone numbers and other sensitive information online.
If you need any help figuring out how to set up your Kaspersky antivirus program, you have access to free online chat, telephone and email support 24/7. There are some user manuals available online, but we found them a little difficult to follow.
Kaspersky makes one of the best virus scanners for Mac computers. It’s easy to install and run and doesn’t create any noticeable slowdown while it scans for malware. It is effective and protects your computer against both known and new malicious websites, files and phishing schemes. The software’s rich feature list goes beyond antivirus and antimalware protection with safe banking tools and impressive parental controls.