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As part of a partnership with Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften, Windows Defender ATP will soon be able to detect threats across macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. For businesses that employ a number of different devices, this will help to consolidate the detection a response to security threats across their whole fleet.

Mar 22, 2019  Microsoft has announced, that their popular Antivirus Software Defender is coming soon for Mac. Right now you can download microsoft antivirus defender for mac by signing up for Limited Preview. It’s now an exclusive access for Microsoft Business customers only. Mar 21, 2019 Microsoft is now providing antivirus protection for macOS. It’s part of Microsoft Defender ATP, which has been renamed from Windows Defender ATP to reflect the new cross-platform approach.

'Windows Defender ATP provides security teams a single pane of glass for their endpoint security and now by collaborating with these partners, our customers can extend their ATP service to their entire install base,' Microsoft says.

Microsoft has accomplished this with new integrations with Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften. Once toggled on, Microsoft says, the Windows Defender ATP console will surface new events from on-boarded macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android devices. From Microsoft:

  • Bitdefender's GravityZone Cloud enables customers to view comprehensive threat intelligence information on malware and suspicious files, such as threat type, threat category, and many other relevant details.
  • Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security gives customers real-time visibility into incidents on mobile devices and lets them respond quickly and effectively.
  • Ziften's Zenith systems and security operations platform helps customers to detect attacks and zero-day exploits, to uncover the full scope of a breach, and to quickly respond to contain attacks.

According to Microsoft, the Bitdefender integration is now available in public preview. Ziften and Lookout are expected to join the public preview program soon.


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This topic describes how to deploy Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac manually. A successful deployment requires the completion of all of the following steps:

Prerequisites and system requirements

Before you get started, see the main Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac page for a description of prerequisites and system requirements for the current software version.

Download installation and onboarding packages

Download the installation and onboarding packages from Microsoft Defender Security Center:

  1. In Microsoft Defender Security Center, go to Settings > Machine Management > Onboarding.

  2. In Section 1 of the page, set operating system to Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android and Deployment method to Local script.

  3. In Section 2 of the page, select Download installation package. Save it as wdav.pkg to a local directory.

  4. In Section 2 of the page, select Download onboarding package. Save it as to the same directory.

  5. From a command prompt, verify that you have the two files.Extract the contents of the .zip files:

Application installation

To complete this process, you must have admin privileges on the machine.

  1. Navigate to the downloaded wdav.pkg in Finder and open it.

  2. Select Continue, agree with the License terms, and enter the password when prompted.


    You will be prompted to allow a driver from Microsoft to be installed (either 'System Extension Blocked' or 'Installation is on hold' or both. The driver must be allowed to be installed.

  3. Select Open Security Preferences or Open System Preferences > Security & Privacy. Select Allow:

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The installation proceeds.


If you don't select Allow, the installation will proceed after 5 minutes. Defender ATP will be loaded, but some features, such as real-time protection, will be disabled. See Troubleshoot kernel extension issues for information on how to resolve this.


macOS may request to reboot the machine upon the first installation of Microsoft Defender. Real-time protection will not be available until the machine is rebooted.

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Client configuration

  1. Copy wdav.pkg and to the machine where you deploy Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac.

    The client machine is not associated with orgId. Note that the orgId attribute is blank.

  2. Run the Python script to install the configuration file:

  3. Verify that the machine is now associated with your organization and reports a valid orgId:

After installation, you'll see the Microsoft Defender icon in the macOS status bar in the top-right corner.

How to Allow Full Disk Access


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macOS 10.15 (Catalina) contains new security and privacy enhancements. Beginning with this version, by default, applications are not able to access certain locations on disk (such as Documents, Downloads, Desktop, etc.) without explicit consent. In the absence of this consent, Microsoft Defender ATP is not able to fully protect your device.

To grant consent, open System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Privacy -> Full Disk Access. Click the lock icon to make changes (bottom of the dialog box). Select Microsoft Defender ATP.

Logging installation issues

See Logging installation issues for more information on how to find the automatically generated log that is created by the installer when an error occurs.


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See Uninstalling for details on how to remove Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac from client devices.