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Avast Free Security for Mac

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Key Details of Avast Free Security

  • Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware
  • Last updated on 02/07/24
  • There have been 3 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

Download.com staff

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.

What's new in version 15.7.5

  • RealSite: Improved behavior on macOS Sonoma to fix issues reported with Ethernet connections.
  • SecurityFix: Updated cURL library to mitigated discovered CVE although we were not using affected features.

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Full Specifications

February 7, 2024
Latest update
February 7, 2024
Operating System
Mac OS X
Additional Requirements
macOS Catalina | macOS Mojave | macOS High Sierra | macOS Sierra | OS X El Capitan | OS X Yosemite
Total Downloads
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Developer's Description

Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware.
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.