How to use the Surfshark Antivirus on macOS

In this article, you will learn how to use the Surfshark Antivirus on your macOS device.

Make sure you have Surfshark VPN for macOS downloaded directly from our website and an active Surfshark subscription with Surfshark One, or Surfshark One+. You can purchase it on Surfshark's pricing page.

Don't have the app downloaded? Check out how to install the Surfshark Antivirus on MacOS.

Let's go over the steps on how to use Surfshark Antivirus on macOS:

  1. Open the Surfshark application and select the Antivirus tab.

  2. Now, you will find yourself on the main dashboard of the Antivirus, where you can find all of its features.

    Here, you will find the following:
  • Full scan – scans all files on all your drives.

  • Quick scan – scans the DocumentsDownloads and Desktop folders only.

  • Scheduled scans – schedule an automatic Full or Quick scan for certain days at a specific time.

  • Ransomware Shield – select applications or folders to be protected from ransomware attacks. Read more on how to use Surfshark Ransomware Shield on macOS.

  • Webcam protection – if your macOS device has a webcam, the feature will prevent unauthorized access to it. Read more on how to use the webcam protection feature on macOS.

  • Exclude from scanning – choose what files or folders you want to scan. If you have a file or folder that you don't want to be scanned, add it to the exclude list.

  • Quarantine auto-delete – With this option enabled, quarantined files (in other words, harmful files) will be automatically deleted in 60 days. 


Note: If any threats have been found on your device, we highly recommend removing the files containing them immediately to secure your device. You are able to do that directly through the Surfshark app.

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