Free Malwarebyte for MAC

I wonder if I can get a download link for free Malwarebyte for MAC.
The only version I found is the one for Windows.

I also wonder if anti malware is the same as anti spyware.

Thank you
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Malware/Spyware on OSX is different from Windows as the operating system is completely different.  Windows viruses & malware will not affect OSX and vice-versa.

There are a lot less viruses, spyware, malware for OSX compared to Windows as OSX accounts for 5-6% of the PC market only and is not as attractive to hackers.

For OSX the anti-malware software selection is much smaller when compared to Windows with FREE and commercial products available.  Here is a very thorough test of all the main OSX antivirus/malware applications - http://www.thesafemac.com/mac-anti-virus-testing-01-2013/

There are also a few options in OSX in the System Preferences under the Security section to enable a thing called 'Gatekeeper' that will block any un-trusted software from installing without your permission which is a help if you are not sure if software is genuine.

Spyware is a sub-category of Malware which can also include viruses, trojans, worms etc.  The industry that produces software to detect them uses terms interchangeably but in theory anti-malware SHOULD detect more types of code than anti-spyware.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
If I allow a software to be installed, but later I need to run a scan manually to confirm that I do not have any malware or viruses, how can I achieve that without downloading and installing anti malware/anti virus ?

if MAC has builtin anti malware and anti virus to run manually, would you please let me know how to open them up ?

Thank you
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
OSX DOES NOT have anti-virus or anti-malware scanning software included.

The Gatekeeper function is designed to only let Apple-verified software be installed on your system.  You have 3 options on the Gatekeeper system (in System Preferences under Security & Privacy  in the General tab
1. Only Apple Software
2. Apple plus other trusted Developers
3. Allow everything.
I'd recommend you set it to option 2 unless you know what you are doing
Read more here - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5290

If you want to scan for viruses, malware etc. then you need to download the software.
If the anti-virus software is trusted by Apple then Gatekeeper will let you install it.

The simple rule is ... if you choose to install software and you have downloaded it yourself from the Internet then it is probably OK.  However if software tries to install itself automatically (via a drive-by browser link, email attachment etc.) then you should be very careful and probably not install unless you trust the source and know what is happening.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can only get anti-virus protection by downloading an anti-virus program.  I have Avast anti-virus (for Mac) on my MacBook Pro.  It's the free version.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I donwloaded and installed Avast, but it blocked my access to internet...wonder why
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Don't know, probably some setting.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
thanks
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