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:
    7.0.37781
  • Total Downloads:
    3,241,971
  • Date Added:
    November 08, 2012
  • File Size:
    6.38MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    32,595
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5/Intel, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8

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

    4.6

    out of 214 votes

    • 5 star 159
    • 4 star 37
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 6
  • 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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2 stars

"Semi-okay since it's free"

February 26, 2013  |  By mp110951

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

Free
Can't think of anything else.

Cons

Cannot use monitoring features. It slows down my computer (stalls for a while). I disabled them.
Takes hours to complete a full system scan.

Summary

This seems to work as good or better than any other FREE Mac antivirus. I have tried them all. I will continue to use it to occasionally run a scan, which will be overnight since it takes about 5 hours.

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5 stars

"doesn't bog down system"

February 26, 2013  |  By anatNet

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

none that I have found yet!

Cons

Can not think of any.

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5 stars

"Straight forward solution to meet your protection needs"

February 26, 2013  |  By Rob_Grey

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

Free, no hassle. You get a premium computer protection software for free. The way it should be. These people put a lot of effort in delivering a quality product at no cost to their 'customers.' Be sure to write these guys a review if you download their software!

Cons

Haven't found any.

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5 stars

"Excellent! And free!!!!"

February 26, 2013  |  By Buchi2013

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

Ok, Iam not computer guru at least when it comes to Mac and if you are like me, this is one of the few blind trusts... I took a blind leap and I will never get back! Adn, it is free! No adverts, I am not sure how they make their money but it is worth

Cons

None!I did not see any...

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5 stars

"Best free antivirus for Mac!"

February 26, 2013  |  By Shirochan2013

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

Free
Easy to use

Cons

absolutely none to speak of

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5 stars

"Does it says it will do!"

February 26, 2013  |  By leJade1912

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

works well behind the scenes, is unobtrusive but gives peace of mind, seems to be thorough

Cons

none discovered so far!

Summary

Its a good reliable choice!

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5 stars

"Avast is the best antivirus software out there"

February 26, 2013  |  By kristyat

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

Easy to Use
Free
Thorough
Auto Updates

Cons

Can't set up auto scans

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5 stars

"Beyond expectation. Robust. Up to date."

February 26, 2013  |  By bobforward

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

Easy to load. Little effect on start up time.

Cons

Required more than my expertise to encompass SSL's. I needed help to include in my umbrella.

Summary

Invaluable.

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5 stars

"iMac Static perfect virus software"

February 26, 2013  |  By rogtanuk

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

runs quietly in the background Free and if a virus is detected you can not miss the warning splashed over your screen excellent

Cons

Shame its not a bigger package like Internet security

Summary

been using for last 12 months will out incident and on line virus checks come up clean each time.

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5 stars

"Great software!"

February 26, 2013  |  By k9lady72

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.37781

Pros

doesn't bog down system

Cons

none that I have found yet!

Summary

I've used Avast for many years on the Windows platform. Works quietly in the background and much better than other anti virus's I've used. After about a month on my Mac I can say it's just as good here. This is a great, well written piece of software. I highly recommend it!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0.37781
Improved system stability
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date November 08, 2012
Date Added November 08, 2012
Version 7.0.37781
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.38MB
File Name avast_free_mac_security_online.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,241,971
Downloads Last Week 32,595
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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