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When choosing antivirus software it is essential to know how much of your computer’s resources the program will consume. The most effective programs will have a little impact on the performance of your computer but still offer excellent protection against viruses and malware.

The most respected antivirus software companies have extensive test programs that are widely published in downloadable PDF format. The reports provide at-a-glance assessments of protection, performance and usability for each suite, as well as detailed graphs and charts illustrating the results of specific testing elements. The most important figures to keep an eye out for include the percent of real-world and reference set malware threats that are blocked, neutralised, or compromised by the software and the number of false positive detections by benign software.

In AV-Comparatives’ tests from June 2023, Avast Free Antivirus for Mac had the highest pass rates for blocking Mac malware and PUAs (potentially unwanted programs) and the second highest score for Windows virus detection. It also scored well in the categories of full-scan, passive, and quick-scan.

In the category of paid programs, Bitdefender Total Security had the lightest post-installation background system impact being followed by Kaspersky Total Security and ESET Security Cloud Free. However, it was the slowest in the full-scan and quick-scan category. The program’s low background impact could be because it doesn’t have a default installation on Windows 10 or 11, like most of its competitors.

Intego X10 had the lowest overall background and full-scan system effects, yet it managed to catch every single piece of malware that was tested. It’s rare to find a security company that is focused on Macs. This makes it a useful tool for any security arsenal.

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