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:
    7.0.38501
  • Total Downloads:
    3,397,225
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 15, 2013
  • 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

    4.6

    out of 194 votes

    • 5 star 146
    • 4 star 31
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 0
    • 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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5 stars

"Works very nicely"

June 25, 2013  |  By Dchusid

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

Set it and forget it.

Cons

Occasional spurious error message not serious.

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5 stars

"Works as necessary"

June 25, 2013  |  By phthisis

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

One of my email contacts sent me an email and it looked suspicious. On my request, my email contact confirmed that the email was from him and not hacked-spam.

Clicked on the provided link and Avast blocked with multiple warnings. I hope my email contact's computer is still functioning.

Cons

Come on, it's for Free!

Summary

Watches quietly until it's needed. Anyone having dined at a quality restaurant will appreciate this type of service.

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5 stars

"Review for updated version on 6/25/13"

June 25, 2013  |  By Guido Muldoon

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

Seems to work well. Fast scanning, low resources used, hourly updates.

Cons

Not convinced antivirus is needed for Mac but what the heck...it's free!

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5 stars

"Appears to be a superior product"

June 25, 2013  |  By ecauxer

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

It's difficult to know if a program such as this one is really working, but it certainly appears to. And it found a couple of infected files my previous anti-virus program missed. I like that fact that it is constantly updating itself against new problems. Also, it doesn't seem to slow down my computers as some other anti-virus programs do.

Cons

None that I have detected.

Summary

Apparently a superior program and it's free.

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5 stars

"Fantastic product-"

June 25, 2013  |  By noro11

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

it's an easy to use product- doing the job. I replaced it for Mackeeper which gave me many freezes.

Cons

none I know of

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5 stars

"Easy to use and install. Works fine."

June 25, 2013  |  By pjandl

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

Automatic updates keeps machine working free of threats.
Low machine overhead.

Cons

PC version is still a little better.

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5 stars

"Free and Works Great"

June 25, 2013  |  By lsaltis

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

I am very satisfied with Avast. Keeps my Mac safe without slowing it down.

Cons

None that I can think of.

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5 stars

"very easy and effective"

June 25, 2013  |  By rcscott53

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

fully protects

Cons

non that I can think of

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5 stars

"Excellent!"

June 25, 2013  |  By freehuguenot

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

Does the job!

Cons

Non-zero-nada

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5 stars

"Excellent service for my Mac"

June 23, 2013  |  By lindaloodle

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.38501

Pros

Daily updates
Secure settings
Features for iMac

Cons

None that I am aware of

Summary

Avast has been great for my iMac. It seems thorough and efficient in the scans, the updates. I am glad to know that Avast is working to keep this old Mac up and running with a wide net of security. Thanks, Avast, and thanks, CNET, for offering it. I trust getting my downloads from CNET.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date March 15, 2013
Date Added March 15, 2013
Version 7.0.38501
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh
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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