Malware Protection: Microsoft Defender comes for the Mac

Malware-Schutz: Microsoft Defender kommt für den Mac

Microsoft will offer a counterpart to the Windows Defender for Macs in the future. The malware protection software is called Apple Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) instead of Windows Defender ATP and is available to businesses.

Microsoft Defender for Business Macs

The Microsoft Defender ATP is initially available as a preview version for paying business customers using both Windows and Mac systems. The client can be installed under macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra and macOS Sierra.

Also on the Mac are core functions such as manual virus scans and a real-time protection with automatic search for malware in the background. For example, users can initiate a quick or complete search or selectively search specific data paths. For a find, you can choose to quarantine, delete, or keep the file. The real-time protection can be switched off if necessary. New virus definitions are downloaded and installed via Microsoft AutoUpdate, automatically or manually checking for updates as needed.

The user interface adapted for macOS should remind of the Defender under Windows 10. Reports about finds are also available from the Mac version Microsoft Defender ATP Portal output.

Microsoft Defender ATP is a pure business offer for paying business customers. Whether Microsoft is also considering a Mac version of the Windows Defender for home users, is currently unknown.

Microsoft's security software, which is often considered sufficient by trade journals to eliminate the need for additional antivirus software, is increasingly turning its back on Microsoft's horizons. As part of the Windows 10 Preview Build 18358, the Windows Defender “Application Guard” was also recently released for Firefox and Chrome.

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