Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 1627 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.0.37781
File Size:
128.25MB
Date Added:
November 08, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5/Intel, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
2,875,423
Downloads Last Week:
16,896
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.6

    out of 1627 votes

    • 5 star: 1209
    • 4 star: 270
    • 3 star: 68
    • 2 star: 25
    • 1 star: 55
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 214 votes

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

    "Burned By Bad AV Once Again"

    July 24, 2014   |   By DeltaNerd

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 9.0 build 42061

    Pros

    -Free
    -Light
    -Pretty
    -Slick integration

    Cons

    -Ground all four of my Macs to a halt.
    -Made my Macs crash and lose data
    -Repetitively quarantined my Bank emails as risks. ***...
    -Another terrible Mac AV

    Summary

    My Macs are all 2013 i7's with SSDs and 16GB RAM. AV should not over tax or slow them down. Yet with Avast I had Finder crashing every other minute, Firefox downloads failed and were painfully slow when they did work, and iTunes lost its mind and kept losing it's library location. I was at wits end when I decided to uninstall Avast and then... Abracadabra POOF... No More Issues! Avast you here by join the laundry list of Mac AV apps with no purpose other than reminding me of why I left Windows.

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  • 3 stars

    "Pros y contras en un MacBook Pro 2011 (inicio)"

    July 18, 2014   |   By joaceved

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 9.0 build 42061

    Pros

    Detecta infecciones y las elimina más eficazmente que otros programas

    Cons

    Impide conectarse a Internet. Para conectarse, hay que desactivar los escudos

    Summary

    Cumple su función, pero crea problemas de navegación en Internet si no se desactivan los escudos desde las preferencias del programa

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