TotalAV MAC Anvirus Review
While Macs are less likely to become infected with malware than Windows, they aren’t invincible. If you have noticed your Mac behaving strangely, or you just want to be sure your device is clean, maybe it’s time to shop around for anti-virus for your Mac. Below you will find a review of antimalware software TotalAV based on 6 criteria: protection, effect on device’s performance, user interface, extra features, compatibility, and price. These are the most important criteria to take into account when choosing the right anti-virus program for Macs.
TotalAV for Mac review
User-friendly, quick, and full of features, TotalAV is a powerful antimalware tool for Mac computers. It may not be as known as other security programs, but TotalAV is a pleasant surprise, particularly if you’re looking for more than just a regular anti-virus program. TotalAV is capable of protecting your Mac from all kinds of threats, from adware to ransomware. The latter is particularly important because ransomware can have serious consequences.
In addition to protection from viruses, in TotalAV you will find a VPN, a password manager, personal firewall, an ad block, and system optimization tools. All great features that will help you keep your browsing private and secure, and maintain your Mac. It’s not the cheapest option out there, but promotional offers make it an affordable program that provides all-around security.
TotalAV for Mac Pros & Cons
- Great promotional prices for the first year;
- 30 day money back guarantee;
- Many extra features;
- User-friendly interface.
Expensive after promotional period ends;
Confusing billing practises.
TotalAV protection for Mac
TotalAV provides all the necessary protection features that will keep your Mac running smoothly. It detects, stops and removes all kinds of malware, from trojans to ransomware. It also protects from not-as-serious threats like adware, browser hijackers, and spyware, which are more common for Mac computers than regular malware. While not as serious as ransomware or trojans, they still pose a certain threat to your computer. They’re also very annoying infections that cause ads to pop up left and right.
TotalAV also has a real-time protection feature, which means it will detect threats as they enter your Mac, preventing the damage they could cause. This is an important feature that you should always look for in any anti-virus program you choose to protect your Mac computer.
In addition to protecting your Mac device from malware, it also warns you about potentially dangerous websites. This is highly useful when dealing with phishing attempts. If you were to unknowingly click on a link in a phishing email, a TotalAV alert would prevent you from putting in your login credentials.
Overall, the protection provided by TotalAV is quite extensive and more than sufficient, and there is no need for additional tools to keep your Mac safe.
Effect on device’s performance
One of the most annoying things about antivirus programs is their negative effect on the system’s performance, especially noticeable on an older computer. Granted, performance suffers only during a scan or removal processes, but it can still be quite annoying. We should note that relatively new computers cope with the strain much better, so big resource consumption may not be as noticeable.
TotalAV does affect your Mac when it’s performing certain tasks, but not to the extent that it would bother you. It won’t make your fans go wild, and you will be able to use your Mac as usual. Unless you are using a very old Mac that lags anyway, you should barely notice the strain.
User interface can make or break an anti-virus program. Software could have all the necessary features, but if users find the interface too complicated, they’re not going to use it.
TotalAV’s design could use a bit of work, but the program has a clean, user-friendly, not overly complicated interface. Everything is categorized into different sections to make accessing features easier, and launching scans/enabling features is quite simple. Scan reports aren’t filled with unnecessarily complex information, and pinpoint the exact issue. Detected issues are also easily managed/solved. Overall, we’re quite happy with the user interface.
In addition to protecting you from viruses, TotalAV also provides system optimization features to keep your Mac running smoothly. In some cases, system optimization tools can help speed up a device, clean it from junk and free up some space. It may not help much if you’re using an older device, but it could do some good.
A VPN included in an anti-virus program for Macs is always a nice surprise. If you’re not familiar with what it is, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a service that enhances your online security, allows you to browse privately, and lets you bypass geo-restrictions. It allows one to browse anonymously, which is a big deal to those who value their privacy.
We should note that this is an additional paid feature, which means you may have to pay extra for it.
An integrated ab block will prevent intrusive advertisements from disrupting your browsing. The ad blocker would also block malicious ads, essentially protecting your Mac from malware.
Safe Password Vault
Available for Ultimate Antivirus and Antivirus Pro plan subscribers, the safe password vault is a password manager that will keep all your passwords in once place.
We should mention that while it seems to be included in those two plans, the official website also claims it’s an additional paid feature, which is quite confusing.
According to the official TotalAV website, the ID protection service will monitor your personal information. If it were leaked, sold or obtained by cyber crooks, you would be alerted about it.
It seems like a useful feature to have, particularly with so many data breaches occurring. However, we were not able to test out this feature, so we’re not sure how well it works.
TotalAV is compatible with most Mac operating systems, starting with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. If you’re looking for a security program for your iPhone/iPad, TotalAV is compatible with iOS as well.
The program offers three different plans:
- Essential Antivirus for Mac. This is the cheapest option at €19.95/year. The regular price seems to be €99.99/year but the promotional price of €19.95 is available to new users. After the initial year is over, users would be required to pay the full price. The Essential anti-virus offers a license to one device only, and all features except the password vault, 24/7 priority super-fast support, and smartphone optimizer&protection.
- Pro Antivirus for Mac. The is the middle option at €39.95/year. Again, this is a promotion price for new users, and after the year is up, the price will increase to €119.95/year. Pro Anti-virus offers licenses for 3 devices, and includes all features, except 24/7 priority super-fast support and smartphone optimizer&protection.
- Ultimate Antivirus for Mac. This is the option that offers the most features, but it’s also the most expensive one at €59.95/year. The promotion price is valid only for the first year, and the price will go up to €149.95/year after that.
When purchasing, keep in mind that subscription renews automatically. If you no longer wish to use the program and do not want to be charged, you will have to cancel the subscription prior to being billed again. All plans also offer a 30-day money back guarantee, so you can get your money back no matter which plan you choose. But to avoid stress and wasted time, read all the information provided when buying a subscription so that you fully understand all the conditions.
Overall, the program is rather expensive but the promotional prices are quite a good deal, particularly the Essential Antivirus plan for €19.95/year. Seeing as it offers all the essential features for Mac protection, it’s probably the best deal you can get.
To summarise, great promotional prices make the program affordable, but it becomes rather expensive once the first year is over. But TotalAV is a powerful antimalware software for Mac computers that comes with loads of extra features. If offers protection from different kinds of threats like adware, spyware, trojans, ransomware, etc. It also offers a VPN, system optimization tools, and protection against phishing and malicious websites. It also has a user-friendly, simple to use interface.
We definitely recommend at least trying the program to see if it fits your needs. Although with so many features, it certainly will. But do not rush when purchasing and read all the provided information, as the billing practises can be rather confusing.