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:
    8.0.39915
  • Total Downloads:
    3,397,225
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 01, 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

    4.7

    out of 76 votes

    • 5 star 58
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
  • 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

"Best antivirus for a Mac"

December 07, 2013  |  By WizOfOz69

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

It's FREE! They make versions for Linux and oh yeah, windoze ;-). Also for Android OS.
Catches things missed by ClamAV and Sophos.

Cons

I don't see a paid version. I subscribe to the windows version

Summary

Definitely the best out there!

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5 stars

"It works perfectly!"

November 10, 2013  |  By hofalred

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

Doesn't slow down your speed!

Cons

No negativ issues since more than 2 years.

Summary

Thank you Avast.

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5 stars

"Used on my Mac and my PC. Excellent on both! :-)"

October 25, 2013  |  By Captain_Ovlov

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

FREE! Great security. Clear warnings of hazardous incoming files. Absolute simplicity in use!

Cons

Can't think of any!

Summary

Outstanding piece of software. Peace of mind for me!

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5 stars

"vigilant, quick, accurate, free"

October 25, 2013  |  By pepperkin44

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

Discovered and isolated a virus'

Cons

There are no cons

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5 stars

"Free is good"

October 24, 2013  |  By freehuguenot

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

It runs on my computer without being intrusive!
It's free!
It works!

Cons

None that I know of!

Summary

Thank you Avast!

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5 stars

"Outstanding Anti virus software"

October 24, 2013  |  By Scampbelle1105

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

Picks up all virus so far.

Cons

None noted so far

Summary

Works beautifully on the Mac. go for it!

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4 stars

"Doesn't insert itself often or slow things down"

October 22, 2013  |  By FrankG_OKC

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

So far the pros seem to be speed and accuracy. Did some tests with known virus files (eicar stuff) and it caught everything.

Cons

The Google Chrome extension piece no longer works easily because Chrome wants to get everything from the Google Play store. This isn't documented well at all.

Summary

So far, the review is... It just works!

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4 stars

"It works perfectly on a Mac."

October 22, 2013  |  By aldocamolez

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

Easy to use.

Cons

Sometimes it makes loading a tiny bit slower

Summary

Excellent app.

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5 stars

"Works quietly, performs reliably."

October 21, 2013  |  By scooper711

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

Works behind the scenes, doesn't require a lot of hands-on.

Cons

Notification messages could be more descriptive.

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5 stars

"Effective, smart, and provides absolute peace of mind."

October 20, 2013  |  By DOD440

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.39915

Pros

Several viruses have been identified and thwarted. The product has run flawlessly for over a year- Working quietly and unobtrusively.

Cons

No negative issues. Yet.

Summary

Very thankful for the time and effort that has gone into the development of this outstanding Antivirus product. The team should be proud and continue to work hard keeping this as one of the must have pieces of software for a Mac. Well done.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.0.39915
  • Compatible with OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks)
  • New program/VPS update mechanism.
    - Support for silent program updates: Smaller program updates not obtrusive anymore.
  • New install and uninstall:
    - Clean install is now performed by *.pkg, and not on the 1st run of the avast! GUI application.
    - Uninstall can be triggered from GUI as before, or directly from a standalone utility, present on the distribution along with the installer. (can also uninstall old version 7.0).
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date October 01, 2013
Date Added October 01, 2013
Version 8.0.39915
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6
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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