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.
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.
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.
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.
Avast Free Antivirus for Mac offers three shields,on-demand scanning and WebRep clients which are automatically (optionally) installed to Safari, Chrome and Firefox browsers. Our Web Shield and Mail Shield combine to check the vast majority of incoming data from the Internet, while File Shield scans all programs stored and executed from your hard drive. Everything is packed in a brand new GUI.
What's new in this version:
Version 9.0 build 42126 is a bug-fixing release.