Pros / ESET removes Windows malware from Mac machines.

Cons / The company doesn’t offer 24/7 support.

 Verdict / ESET Internet Security does a good job protecting Mac devices, though it may be costly because you must purchase a separate license for each cell phone, computer and tablet you want to secure.

ESET Internet Security is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems. It also works on mobile devices, but the lowest priced package only comes with a single license, so you need to purchase more if you want to protect both your computer and your cell phone. Or consider purchasing ESET Multi-Device Security that includes a minimum of five licenses for multiple platforms. This Mac internet security software scored above average for detecting Windows malware on Mac machines and just under 99 percent for Mac virus protection.

The program causes about a nine second delay on your computer when it runs a virus scan. This may not be too noticeable when you send emails or browse the web, but it could interrupt your movies and online games. However, ESET has a silent mode you enable manually that suspends scans and other functions while you work, though it still blocks threats. You have to disable the silent mode for your computer to be fully protected again.

ESET Internet Security automatically scans USB ports when you connect drives, and it also checks incoming emails, including attachments, for any hidden threats. In addition, it recognizes and blocks phishing schemes that typically come through email to trick you into giving an identity thief your personal information. ESET also scans your computer system for vulnerabilities, such as out-of-date software, so you can download the most recent version and plug the holes hackers and internet snoops look for to attack your computer.

One feature ESET doesn’t include is designated social media protections that let you keep tabs on what people share and if posted links lead to dangerous websites. It does, however, have a safe browser that hides your online identity so it can’t be traced; a password manager to shield your usernames and passwords from keyloggers; and parental controls that let you block access to certain sites based on filter categories, including social media.

If you need help with your Mac internet security program, ESET has live chat and telephone support, and both are even available on weekends, though only during business hours. It also has a great knowledgebase that houses online training videos and step-by-step tutorials that teach you how to keep your system free of malware.

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  • Malware Detection
  • Performance Loss
  1. How well it detects and blocks Mac malware
    Higher is Better
  2. 5  ESET
    98.4 %
  3. 1  Norton
    100.0 %
  4. 100.0 %
  5. 100.0 %
  6. Category Average
    99.38 %


ESET is a good choice for all-around Mac internet security because it protects against malware without creating too much lag on your computer while it runs. It’s compatible with cell phones, Mac computers and Windows computers, but you need to buy a separate license for each device you want to protect, which may be costly.

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Privacy & Protection

Mobile Protection
Gamer Mode Enabled
Parental Controls
Safe Browser
Social Media Protection
Password Manager
Safe Banking

Help & Support

Weekday Phone Support Hours (Eastern Time)
6am - 5pm
Weekend Phone Support Available
Live Chat

Scanning & Detection

Minimum Licenses
Ransomware Protection
Personal Firewall
USB Autoscans
Incoming Email Scans
Rescue CD or USB
Vulnerable Software Detection

Test Results

Mac Malware Detection
Loss of Performance
9 sec
Windows Malware Detection Ability
Above Average