What are the Differences between Malwarebytes for Mac and Windows?

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Differences between Malwarebytes for Mac and Windows


Some Mac users may be concerned that the Mac version of Malwarebytes has less functionality than the Windows product. While this is true, there are some important things to keep in mind.


The threat landscape on Mac is very different than that on Windows. The vast majority of threats on the Mac are adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), which do not get installed via vulnerabilities. Further, no current malware are using vulnerabilities to be installed. This means that the window of need for any kind of anti-exploit functionality is very low on Macs.


Similarly, there have only been three Mac ransomware apps ever, and none were particularly serious threats. All of those are now extinct. Thus, the need for anti-ransomware functionality on Mac is also small.


Although these technologies and others are definitely things that we can and will work on, we feel it is important to focus on the areas where the biggest dangers lie. The threats on the Mac have always differed - and likely always will - from those on Windows, so it’s important not to try to build a one-size-fits all solution that really fits Windows better than it fits Mac.