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:
2,898,684
Downloads Last Week:
16,672
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac scans for viruses and malware in the OS X environment.

Pros

Robust scanner: Avast Free Antivirus offers scanning at both a threat and a warning level, meaning you can scan your machine either for immediate threats or for potentially unwanted applications. In addition, Avast allows you to scan individual files via drag and drop rather than making you navigate to each file's location. You can split results to display infections only or to list potentially unwanted items.

Native-friendly design: Avast Free Antivirus looks like a native OS X app. The left Finder-like organization makes it easy to keep track of the app's five main features.

Optional extensions: Avast lets you manage your browser extensions from the main interface. Install or uninstall the Avast extension directly from the program, as opposed to manually navigating each browser's settings menu and disabling the tool. The extension itself is relatively useful for getting a quick glance at a Web site's trustworthiness.

Cons

Slow scan times: Our initial full-system scan was long -- over 51 minutes. If you're plan to run the full diagnostic, make sure you can set aside some real time.

Bottom Line

Avast Free Antivirus is a solid contender if you're looking to add security to your Mac. Generally, the utility seems respectful of your habits: It's easy to remove extraneous features like browser add-ons and single-file scanners. Though its longer scans could be taxing on older machines, Avast Free Antivirus is a worthy and minimally invasive addition to your system.

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  • All Versions:

    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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