Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 1634 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.37431
  • Total Downloads:
    3,397,225
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 14, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.41MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    26,398
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Avast Free Antivirus for Mac is Avast's answer to concerns about how to browse safely. The application is packaged with a brand-new, easy-to-understand graphical user interface, with access to all features available at single click.

The application's onscreen tools are well-organized, and its live graphics enhance the feeling of safety -- you can see that the antivirus software doesn't sleep and is always working to protect you from any viruses circulating on the Web. Avast's free software provides three shields to protect your computer: a file system shield, an e-mail shield, and a Web shield. With all three representing a door to your computer, Avast does a great job of watching these entrances.

However, this comes at a cost, and we don't mean money: as soon as you launch the app, you'll notice a slight drop in your computer's performance, which is due to Avast being at work scanning your entire computer for infected files. Secondly, it affects your browser's performance, as it also scans the pages you attempt to navigate to for viruses through the extensions it installs in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome browsers. We did find its notification feature handy, as it informs the user about its actions, so you'll always know what the software is up to.

Overall, Avast Antivirus for Mac is a nice addition to your Mac toolbox. It's free and very easy to use.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 74 votes

    • 5 star 55
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    4.6

    out of 1634 votes

    • 5 star 1212
    • 4 star 270
    • 3 star 68
    • 2 star 26
    • 1 star 58
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5 stars

"Great to see it out for us Mac users!"

October 08, 2012  |  By smarbar

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

Free
User Friendly
Up To Date

Cons

Rate Screen in the bottom ;)

Summary

Great product i used YEARS back on my windows machine. Happen to come across the mac version, wich made my day ^_^

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5 stars

"Best Antivirus on the market vs paid/free of all others"

October 08, 2012  |  By pbishop2010

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

It's free, plus check out the statistics of the Virus Bulletin. Avast! kicks ass!!!

Cons

The only con Avast! has over the other programs, is that it lets you know that it is up to date every time it updates the virus definitions or program. And you can change that. Other then that, it has NO cons

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5 stars

"clean, nifty, package"

October 06, 2012  |  By yabyums

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

Ease of installation, ease of use, free!

Cons

still waiting for one

Summary

This company has been doing this for 10 years or longer. They've been consistently great, always no non-sense, always clean. This is what the net was meant to be ... helpful.

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5 stars

"Absolutely first-rate!"

October 06, 2012  |  By MaughamsBoy

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

Easy protection from the word 'go.'

Cons

None whatsoever.

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5 stars

"Best anti-virus program I have ever used."

October 05, 2012  |  By BENZCAR

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

quick loading, quick update, completes full scan in under 1 hour.

Cons

There are NONE so far.

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5 stars

"Great Software"

October 03, 2012  |  By M2MCO

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

It is a great safeguard for the Mac

Cons

none so far!!!

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5 stars

"Great product ...and great customer service!"

October 01, 2012  |  By JCM203

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

Works well with all my programs.

Cons

None that I'm aware of

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3 stars

"too many false positives"

September 29, 2012  |  By jhencken

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

nice interface, and I'd always had good luck with the Windows version

Cons

1. Lots of old files from my windows machine (esp mpg files), which have been previously scanned by windows anti-malware apps with no neg results, are showing up as Infected with very old trojans and boot sector viruses; and even more are showing up as Suspicious w/ no useful explanation.

2. Can't find a way to exclude certain drives or folder from the scan (e.g., TimeMachine), so full system scan takes forever. (And, yes, I know I can just do several specific scans, but that's no longer user friendly)

Summary

Overzealous finding of Problems gives users a stomachache without helping them. App makers do this to make their software seem more useful than it is.

Seems to me a free product (for which thanks, Avast) shouldn't have to do that.

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1 stars

"Awful product from a great company"

September 28, 2012  |  By scoota106

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

I'm a long time fan of Avast for Windows and the interface for Avast for Mac did not let me down.

Cons

Sadly this program was causing constant program lock-ups especially in Google Chrome, Skype and AppleMail.

Summary

As soon as I un-installed Avast for Mac, my Macbook returned to it normal stable state. I would definitely NOT RECOMMEND this program

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5 stars

"excellent helped me cleaning malware on Mac"

September 28, 2012  |  By KaroKrudt

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37431

Pros

excellent helped me cleaning my Mac for malware due to my hacked website

Cons

excellent helped me cleaning my Mac for malware due to my hacked website

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date August 14, 2012
Date Added August 14, 2012
Version 7.0.37431
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.41MB
File Name avast_free_mac_security_online.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,397,225
Downloads Last Week 26,398
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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