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Avast Free Security for Mac

By Avast Software Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Avast Free Security

  • Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware
  • Last updated on 03/26/20
  • There have been 2 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Android, iOS, and Windows

Editors' Review Staff Sep 3, 2012

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac is Avast's answer to concerns about how to browse safely. The application is packaged with a brand-new, easy-to-understand graphical user interface, with access to all features available at single click.

The application's onscreen tools are well-organized, and its live graphics enhance the feeling of safety -- you can see that the antivirus software doesn't sleep and is always working to protect you from any viruses circulating on the Web. Avast's free software provides three shields to protect your computer: a file system shield, an e-mail shield, and a Web shield. With all three representing a door to your computer, Avast does a great job of watching these entrances.

However, this comes at a cost, and we don't mean money: as soon as you launch the app, you'll notice a slight drop in your computer's performance, which is due to Avast being at work scanning your entire computer for infected files. Secondly, it affects your browser's performance, as it also scans the pages you attempt to navigate to for viruses through the extensions it installs in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome browsers. We did find its notification feature handy, as it informs the user about its actions, so you'll always know what the software is up to.

Overall, Avast Antivirus for Mac is a nice addition to your Mac toolbox. It's free and very easy to use.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 14.3

  • We've given your antivirus a brand-new look
  • Multiple scans. You can now run multiple custom scans at once
  • We'll now tell you if the Wi-Fi network you're on is safe to use
  • You can now activate your subscriptions by logging in to Avast Account
  • Catalina compatible - We protect you on Apple's newest operating system, too


Release March 25, 2020
Date Added March 25, 2020
Version 14.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite


Total Downloads 6,049,600
Downloads Last Week 119
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Developer's Description

Avast Security for Mac is a free, lightweight security app that protects in real-time against malware, unsafe websites, dangerous downloads, malicious email attachments, and infected external drives. Detect viruses, spyware, Trojans, and other forms of malware in real-time. And stay protected against dangerous downloads, malicious email attachments, and infected external drives.
Our optional browser add-on fortifies your online security and privacy by alerting you to unsafe websites and blocking web trackers that spy on your browsing habits. Expose weaknesses in your router and connected devices to stop neighbors from piggybacking off your network and criminals from hacking your devices. Avoid interruptions by scheduling scans for when you're sleeping or away from your Mac. Security updates and new features arrive automatically, so you never need to manually update your software. As long as you're connected to the Internet, you'll always have the latest protection.