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Mac Antivirus Test Reveals Winners, LosersTest results from independent labs around the world are invaluable in helping identify the best antivirus products. The vast majority of these tests focus on Windows/PC malware, though tests of Android protection are becoming more common. We hardly ever see Macintosh security products put to the test, so the just-published results from AV-Test Institute are very welcome. Well, perhaps not so welcome for some vendors, as detection rates ranged from 100 percent to less than 20 percent.
It seems the Internet is awash in malware aimed at corrupting PCs and Android devices, while Macs get short shrift. Andreas Marx, AV-Test's CEO, laid out the immense disparity in malware prevalence between the platforms. "Every day, we're registering more than 400,000 new malware for Windows and 5,000 new samples for Android," said Marx. "However, we're identifying less than 100 malicious Mac OS programs per month."