Avira Free Mac Security for Mac

Avira Free Mac Security for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 9 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.0.64-9
  • Total Downloads:
    45,608
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 16, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    152.87MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    209
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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With its options for heuristic scans and security settings that are certainly thorough, Avira Free Mac Security for Mac protects your Mac in real-time against threats. On the whole, this is a competent free program that does what it's meant to do but with a rather slow performance.

Installation of the program on OS X Mountain Lion was quite cumbersome. We were compelled to force quit installer a few times before we finally managed to have Avira Free Mac Security for Mac installed correctly. After installation, the application still needed to download almost 30 additional minutes worth of updates. Once we ran a scan, however, the program seemed efficient enough. It managed to find one malicious program that a few other antivirus software applications did not. It did slow down our computer significantly while it was scanning, though, so it may be best to use it while running few or no other applications. The basic user interface doesn't have many options available, but everything necessary to run a scan is there, including quick scan and deep scan options, as well as a scheduler for future scans. The preferences are accessible from the standard Mac status bar at the top of the screen and allow for controlling how malicious objects should be treated, which is a nice feature.

Avira Free Mac Security for Mac doesn't come with a price tag, which makes it a very good product for almost anyone. Even though it's rather slow it will do a good job at protecting your computer.

 
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1 stars

"Life in The Slo-Mo Lane"

May 28, 2014  |  By wolfboy_54

 |  Version: Avira Free Mac Security 1.0.0.64-9

Pros

Never found any.

Cons

The only way I was even aware of Avira's presence is because of its annoying habit of wanting to update itself EVERY time I started another session on my Mac. My Mac is only about a year old, but running VERY slowly. Not just 2/3 normal speed, as the above user experienced--I mean like molasses slow! I think this has even gotten worse in recent months. It finally reached the point that scrolling down a webpage, or launching/quitting an application was a task that summoned the dreaded "Spinning Beach Ball of Death." On a hunch, I uninstalled Avira yesterday. My Mac is now running efficiently and quickly as did when I first bought it.

Summary

I don't understand why some users have experienced good results with Avira. I only know that it slowed my Mac to "watching paint dry" levels.

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3 stars

"This app may or may not do the job you want it to."

May 17, 2013  |  By elvisfest

 |  Version: Avira Free Mac Security 1.0.0.64-9

Pros

Free. The automatic updates happen frequently. Performs a basic virus check in a reasonable amount of time.

Cons

Anything beyond a basic check takes forever. I've never been able to make an entire system check happen.

Summary

There are probably better free anti-virus products out there.

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1 stars

"Doesn't play well with others"

April 02, 2013  |  By baza17

 |  Version: Avira Free Mac Security 1.0.0.64-9

Pros

Found a trojan Sophos didn't pick up

Cons

Took over 24hrs for a full scan and didn't even finish. Also decided after that full scan that Outlook couldn't open anymore and Sente 6 can't preview pdfs (academic referencing suite). Just uninstalled and am now going back to AVG and hopefully it hasn't messed up my laptop too much.

Summary

I did recommend this to a few people and have very quickly retracted that recommendation. Is there any chance of a Mac based anti-virus which is anywhere near the functionality of a windows based one? I used AVG windows and just used the screensaver-scan, and that function is just one that I miss.

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1 stars

"if it ain't broke don't try fix it..(to certain extent)"

December 07, 2012  |  By dan_collins_

 |  Version: Avira Free Mac Security 1.0.0.64-9

Pros

Seems to search the system well - small, custom, or complete system scan
Puts potentially harmful files in 'Quarantine' where they can all easily be deleted manually (there maybe a button to do this automatically)

Cons

SLOWS DOWN YOUR SYSTEM A LOT. please listen to this point, i ignored the bad reviews thinking il take a risk 'it won't happen to me-there's more good reviews than bad reviews-'**** it' type attitude'
Even now i have uninstalled the programme completely, my computer and browser (especially) speeds are about 1/3 less fast. google instant search hasn't worked properly since installing this software. keyboard typing is recognised by the computer a lot slower in the search boxes in browsers. opening applications takes about 1/3 longer than before.
My only evidence to give to you, is that NONE of this showed any sign of slowing until i installed THIS software. and the changes happened after about 1 day (after running a complete system scan)

Summary

Please, if you are like how i was thinking 'i probably should get some antivirus software, just in case...' then really consider researching the programme you're going to download a lot better than i did (one night, looking thru reviews on this site Cnet mainly) and consider buying a recognised brand from a shop who would help you out if things went wrong.

It really isn't worth downloading if nothing is the matter just yet (from my personal experience)

I have up-to-date Mac with Snow Leapord (bought this Mac 1 year ago and always do updates as soon as they come out. already have AVG Link Scanner - which btw has worked fine for me-i just thought i needed a more complete package)
If anyone can help my situation of Mac being slowed (to about 2/3 speed as before installing this) please post below and put dan_collins_ so i know its to me, if you'd be so kind :)

Thanks, and hopefully won't happen to anyone else, but be aware it can, and its not a laughing matter when it goes wrong :/ will need to get this sorted soon. gd luck x

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1 stars

"Really now"

October 18, 2012  |  By arctictsunami

 |  Version: Avira Free Mac Security 1.0.0.64-9

Pros

fast, wireless, free!

Cons

Theres a reason it's free.

Summary

sad attempt at virus blocking, but the intension is to install whats required @ moment.

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5 stars

"Great free antivirus software for Mac"

June 18, 2012  |  By aocsgil

 |  Version: Avira Free Mac Security 1.0.0.64-9

Pros

Small footprint.... unobtrusive ...has daily database updates...Free customer service...easy to operate informative interface and best of all is free!

Cons

None at present

Summary

This is my second favorite free antivirus for Mac......What I like is that it only operates when you do a virus scan...It runs in the background automatically for updates. Have option of quick, full or custom scan....If you want constant monitoring and a little more obtrusive antivirus for Mac then I would recommend Avast......They are both Great Free Antivirus software for Mac users..

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5 stars

"Good free Mac antivirus with no advertisements"

April 26, 2012  |  By amaczing

 |  Version: Avira Free Mac Security 1.0.0.64-9

Pros

Scans and updates automatically and it does not take up a lot of space on my Mac. It has the option of a quick scan or a full system scan, which is good because the full system scan takes longer. You can also schedule scans to occur automatically and choose if the auto scans will be full or quick. Also has a custom scan option. Also, there are no advertisements which is pretty cool for a free antivirus.

Cons

It hasn't found anything bad yet. But that might just mean that my Mac is clean. The Windows version has options to upgrade to paid antivirus options, but Mac does not. Upgrade options would be nice to have for Mac.

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4 stars

"Happy enough could be better"

April 26, 2012  |  By andeyejah

 |  Version: Avira Free Mac Security 1.0.0.64-9

Pros

Doesn't take much ram when running in the background.Ive noticed no slow down on my system with normal usage.

Cons

Takes good bit of ram on a full scan around 2.50 gbs according to activity monitor.A lot better than avast which took all 12 gigs on same full system scan

Summary

Viruses/Malware on a mac are hard to come by so of course the scan came up with nothing.I will update if i do get infected and avira misses it.

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General
Publisher Avira
Publisher web site http://www.avira.com
Release Date March 29, 2012
Date Added April 16, 2012
Version 1.0.0.64-9
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Additional Requirements Memory
2 GB RAM

Disk Space
200 MB available disk space

Processor
64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo
Product and detection updates require an internet connection.
Download Information
File Size 152.87MB
File Name Avira_Free_Antivirus_for_Mac.pkg
Popularity
Total Downloads 45,608
Downloads Last Week 209
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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