Avast Mac Security 2015 for Mac

Avast Mac Security 2015 for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.0.43029
  • Total Downloads:
    3,213,510
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    6.38MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    28,751
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

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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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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2 stars

"Bad on my Mac Book running Mac X v.10.6.8"

August 13, 2014  |  By fastknitter

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 9.0 build 42126

Pros

Nice interface
Automatic virus updates

Cons

No instructions for use
Crazy things started happening right after installing

Summary

Everything went back to normal after uninstall.

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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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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date October 22, 2014
Date Added October 22, 2014
Version 10.0.43029
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.9, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.38MB
File Name avast_free_mac_security_online.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,213,510
Downloads Last Week 28,751
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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