These popular apps are easy to install and use, though they won’t do much to make your Mac more secure. Still, you’ll feel better knowing that the mere illusion of added security on a Mac can be free.
One such app, among many on MAS, is the popular ClamXav. It’s a free virus scanner for OS X and uses the highly acclaimed ClamAV open source antivirus engine so it can detect threats to the Mac as well as Windows PCs.
Don’t you feel better already?
Download ClamXav from the Mac App Store, double click to open it up, set the Preferences and start the scan. For most Mac users, minutes later you’ll learn what you already know. No viruses on your Mac. That’s because there are so many viruses for OS X that the manual count of those in the wild leaves one hand with extra fingers.
I count about half a dozen free antivirus scanner apps for the Mac. Those with price tags seldom hit $10 (one is $30). If the Mac is so popular, why are antivirus apps priced so low? There just are not enough viruses for OS X to create enough demand to charge much for software that checks to see what’s not there to begin with.
To be fair about viruses, though, Windows PC users get far more, and we Mac users sometimes get attachments from our Windows brethren and sistren (yes, it’s a real word) which we could pass along, so antivirus apps for the Mac are not completely useless.
They’re next to useless, which is just one notch below the last point on the scale of diminishing returns.
If you’re still paranoid about viruses on OS X, fine, get yourself some mental comfort with a free antivirus app for your Mac. There’s more dangerous malware available for your non-Apple smartphone than the Mac.