Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 1631 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0 build 42301
  • Total Downloads:
    3,200,143
  • Date Added:
    August 14, 2014
  • File Size:
    128.25MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    28,751
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.3

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  • 1 stars

    "User Beware = Agreed"

    October 13, 2014   |   By upsetkitty11

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 9.0 build 42301

    Pros

    It's free I guess.

    Cons

    This version will brick your Mac.

    Summary

    I've now acquired a pretty aluminum brick, but it no longer allows me to complete tasks. Netflix is also gone. My Mac is currently being used as a very expensive dinner tray. Looks like I'll need to wipe and install - all normal recovery options are not working.

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  • 1 stars

    "User Beware!"

    September 04, 2014   |   By pdesantis21

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 9.0 build 42301

    Pros

    Will crash your mac, if that is what you want.

    Cons

    The latest free version will absolutely crash your mac, and your computer will be stuck on the loading screen. In order to fix this issue, Google the following: "uninstall avast single user boot."

    Seriously, you've all been warned.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very good antivirus"

    August 15, 2014   |   By davidconnery34

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 9.0 build 42301

    Pros

    It catches every bug, malware and virus! Great!

    Cons

    I have no complaint

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    General
    Publisher AVAST Software
    Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
    Release Date August 14, 2014
    Date Added August 14, 2014
    Version 9.0 build 42301
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Antivirus Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 128.25MB
    File Name avast_free_antivirus_mac_setup.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 3,200,143
    Downloads Last Week 28,751
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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