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Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

CNET 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 User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.6 stars

    out of 1,571 votes

    • 5 star: 1169
    • 4 star: 262
    • 3 star: 66
    • 2 star: 24
    • 1 star: 50
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 59 votes

    • 5 star: 43
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works good...no problems so far."

    April 18, 2014  |   By richbind

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    Downloaded correctly and is running flawlessly

    Cons

    nothing yet....

    Summary

    worth the price,

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So far, so good!"

    April 18, 2014  |   By charvey2

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    Simple interface, doesn't cost too much and doesn't slow me down!

    Cons

    None yet...

    Summary

    Great antivirus software if you just want basic protection. The overpriced suites hog resources and I've never felt like I got my money's worth.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work well with Mail and Gmail"

    April 17, 2014  |   By rhfichtenbaum

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    I used Avast for quite a while and loved it.

    Cons

    But when I updated OS X to Mavericks it first completely stopped me from getting email from my Gmail account using Mail. After a "fix" Mail does work with Avast installed but in my Gmail account it disables the count of unread email which is a real pain. I contacted Avast and sent them screen shots of my Mail but they have never solved the problem.

    Summary

    I uninstalled the software because of the problems I described above.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Meets my needs."

    April 17, 2014  |   By mrclark76

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    It does everything I ask of it except...

    Cons

    go faster!

    Summary

    I'm ok with letting it do it"s thing in the back ground. 4 stars. Not perfect yet.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "No fast scan!"

    April 16, 2014  |   By 747jock

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    Very good antivirus program capabilities and the price is absolutely right for a trial version.

    Cons

    Unlike the Avast Antivirus I have already installed on my PC (Premier Edition), the one for the Mac doesn't have anything but the indepth scanning feature. First time out, it took over 13 hours to plow through my iMac, which hasn't got that many files on it. That's an unacceptably long time. On my PC, I can choose to either do a Fast Scan or a detailed scan. Why doesn't the Mac version offer same feature choices?

    Summary

    Good program but takes too long to run. Needs to have a fast scanning feature. If your Mac also has a program on it like Parallels (to run Windows programs), forget Avast Antivirus because you'll be waiting for many hours to complete the scan.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good ! I used it on my mac"

    April 14, 2014  |   By ravelfrancisco

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    I was just new on many webuser but i find it useful.

    Cons

    thanks for the support

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really good freeware"

    April 13, 2014  |   By dcarr_99

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    I used Avast on my PC desktop and laptops for years. Now I use it for my Macbook Pro. It has an easy interface, works smoothly with Mavericks, scans are easy. A couple times I've clicked a link and had a red warning notice come up and the web page turned red. Pretty easy to figure out that's bad.

    Cons

    If an infected file is found from a scan, it's not always clear how to treat it. Fortunate that's only happened once.

    Summary

    I like Avast a lot. It's so simple, though, I forget to donate. It's free but we all should support good free software, especially good anti-virus.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Product"

    April 13, 2014  |   By mayes2

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    Stays out of the way.

    Cons

    Has given me an internal error message and said I should look in my logs or go to the Avast application. Could not find anything about it on the Avast app.

    Summary

    I have used Avast products for years on multiple PC's but this is the best version I have used.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great and easy to use"

    April 12, 2014  |   By ktweed

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    - Easily Viewable Overview
    - Simple To Use
    - Free
    - Multi-Platform

    Cons

    - Requires (free) account to use for more than 30 days

    Summary

    Overall it's a great suite of quality antivirus software

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it does work, No hassle!"

    April 12, 2014  |   By jpablogc

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.40795

    Pros

    free...autoupdate..

    Cons

    not for me

    Summary

    get it.you will not regret.

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