Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 1627 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
9.0 build 42126
File Size:
128.25MB
Date Added:
July 28, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
2,906,027
Downloads Last Week:
16,672
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Mac users and their machines are no more immune to viruses than Windows users are. Enter Avast Free Antivirus, a no-cost antivirus utility for OS X that scans for Mac-specific malware.

Pros

Streamlined security: Avast Free Antivirus looks like a modern Mac app. Types and icons are clear and Retina-compatible, and status updates are kept minimal. Periodically, Avast Free Antivirus throws a notification at you via an unobtrusive pop-up. Deeper cosmetic options exist inside the Preferences pane. The security tools that come with this version are on the basic end of the spectrum but should be comprehensive enough for most users.

Multidevice monitoring: If you have an Avast account, you can expand it to access all your remote-monitoring tools. Any device or computer that's been registered with an Avast product and ID will display on your Mac.

Cons

Average scan performance: Despite being formatted for 64-bit chipsets, Avast Free Antivirus hits the 25-minute mark on average for scan times, which is normal for a full scan but not fast.

Slim toolbox: You're not going to find a battle chest of security features like schedulers, junk cleaners, or backup utilities in this edition of Avast Free Antivirus. Though Avast offers basic protection on a local, email, and browser level, the actual number of tools are limited to a scanner and a browser plug-in. Users looking for a more involved security experience should look elsewhere.

Bottom Line

Avast Free Antivirus is clearly designed and developed as a no-frills, quick security solution for OS X users. In that respect, Avast Free Antivirus excels. While the lack of options might be a turnoff for some, Avast Free Antivirus should at least provide peace of mind without the hassle of additional, infrequently used features.


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    4.6

    out of 1627 votes

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

    "Update takes over for first 10 minutes of boot."

    June 24, 2014   |   By Zeck

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    I think it may work.

    Cons

    Update is intolerable. Can't do any work for the first 10 minutes in the morning, because it's doing an update. No way to shut off update, schedule update or update on demand. Updates several times a day and gives me the spinning beachball at precisely the wrong times when I'm in a hurry.

    Summary

    Use Sophos instead.

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  • 5 stars

    "Quick light and covers everything"

    June 22, 2014   |   By mottmatt

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    quick easy no hassle and with some of the best detection rates

    Cons

    none as of yet

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy on CPU"

    June 21, 2014   |   By indytech413

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    A quick and easy download and install. Scanned my home directory in 16 minutes. Ran a game while scanning and no performance issues at all. Browser likewise seemingly unaffected.

    Cons

    There seem to be none thus far.

    Summary

    Have used several other Mac antivirus programs and this seems like the best overall solution. I know - some Mac users think we're impervious to viruses and malware. Better to be safe - especially since there doesn't seem to be a downside - than sorry.

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  • 5 stars

    "Does everything I need it to do!"

    June 19, 2014   |   By UrsaMajor182

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    Catches every bug, malware and virus... so far.

    Cons

    Takes a fair bit of time to scan the entire drive.

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  • 5 stars

    "works fine"

    June 17, 2014   |   By colby.ruffner

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    free
    easy to use

    Cons

    nothing i have had an issue with

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  • 3 stars

    "Buggy - Not aVast as we know it"

    June 15, 2014   |   By bwchis

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    EASY INSTALL, CLEAN LOOK, RUNS IN THE BACKGROUND, SCANS EMAILS, INTERNET AND SYSTEM FOR THREATS.

    Cons

    ERRORS, FULL OF ERRORS... CAN'T INSTALL GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION, CAN'T RID THE INFECTIONS OR PUT INFECTIONS IN THE CHEST...

    Summary

    I LOVE AVAST FOR WINDOWS, BUT IT WOULD SEEM THAT AVAST JUST DOESNT CARE MUCH FOR MAC...

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  • 5 stars

    "Works for me..."

    June 14, 2014   |   By mmatthews11

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    Scans everything. I even have Avast on my Windows machine.

    Cons

    None that I can see.

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  • 5 stars

    "It works just fine"

    June 11, 2014   |   By muzzkata

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    It has apparent protection on all your browsers and when scans finds what it has to. Free.

    Cons

    Beside a little bit slowing down my iMac I couldn't find any major issue with programm. Slow scanning time, though.

    Summary

    Even Mac are less prone on viruses, it doesn't hurt to have it on board.

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