Avast
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Avast overview

Avast for Mac provides enhanced security with intelligent threat-detection, real-time protection, and additional features to prevent malicious attacks.

Simple to install and easy to use, Avast antivirus for Mac is designed for effortless Internet security. It protects your identity, ensures your privacy, and secures your files, folders, and computer.

Avast comes in two versions:

  1. Avast Security for Mac is a free download.
  2. Avast Premium Security is licensed for 1, 2, or 3 years for with single or multi-device options (up to 10). The premium version offers a 60-day free trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Download Avast for Mac and get:

  • Real-time protection: Blocks malware, spyware, Trojans, and viruses in real-time.
  • Web Shield: Prevents access to dangerous downloads and websites.
  • Email Shield: Protection against receiving or sending infected attachments.
  • Scheduled scans: Schedules full virus scans for minimal user impact.
  • Real-time updates: Protects your Mac against the latest threats.
  • Wi-Fi Security Alerts: Issues warnings about home or public network weaknesses.

Additional Features

  • Ransomware Shield: Prevents personal files from being held for ransom.
  • Wi-Fi Inspector: Real-time alerts regarding network intruders and vulnerabilities.
  • Real Site: Multi-layer security protection against spoofed sites.
  • Phishing Net: Avast’s cloud database protection against threats identified worldwide.

Awards and Recognition

  • AV-Comparatives: Avast Free Antivirus (now known as Avast Security for Mac) was awarded two stars for both Real-World Protection and Malware Protection, and three stars for Performance.
  • AV-Test: 100% for protection against malware infections and 100% for usability.

Version Features

Avast comes in two free and one licensed package.

Avast Security

  • Real-time protection against malware, spyware, viruses, and other threats.
  • Email and web shields for enhanced protection.
  • Wi-Fi security alerts when threats are detected.
  • Scheduled scans and real-time updates.

Avast Premium Security

Everything in Avast Security PLUS:

  • Ransomware protection against the encryption of personal files.
  • Wi-Fi vulnerability detection and protection.
  • Multi-layer phishing protection.

What’s new in version 14.2

Updated on Sep 16 2021

Version 14.2:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
View older Avast updates

FAQ

Is Avast good for Mac?
Yes. Avast Mac security is a highly effective solution protecting against all types of malware. It comes in both paid and free versions.
Is Avast safe for Mac?
Yes. Avast Security for Mac detected 100% Mac malware threats during tests conducted by Top Ten Reviews, making it one of the best antivirus programs for Mac solutions.
Is Avast free for Mac?
Yes. As a free mac security product, Avast Security for Mac is recognized as being one of the best free Mac antivirus programs available.
Does Avast remove malware?
Yes. Avast Free Antivirus was awarded two stars for both Real-World Protection and Malware Protection by AV-Comparatives. The product offered 100% protection against both Mac and Windows malware.
Does Avast slow down my computer?
No. Avast Free Antivirus was awarded three stars for Performance by AV-Comparatives.

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    Michael-Vilain
    Michael-Vilain
    Sep 16 2021
    14.2
    0.0
    Sep 16 2021
    0.0
    Version: 14.2
    A friend installed Avast on their PC and found out "death will not release you" from their Marketing department. He never paid for anything service or gave them credit card information but that didn't stop the company from charging his credit card. He called his bank in an outrage about the fraudulent charge. I recommended filing consumer fraud charges with the CA AG and complaining about every email to their upstream Internet provider. It's seemed to have stopped now. Maybe the Marketing director moved on to another company when the CA AG came calling.
    bob-185
    bob-185
    Dec 4 2020
    14.2
    5.0
    Dec 4 2020
    5.0
    Version: 14.2
    I have tried a few anti virus programmes but always come back to this one. I like its simplicity.
    RogerG5788
    RogerG5788
    Mar 3 2020
    14.2
    1.0
    Mar 3 2020
    1.0
    Version: 14.2
    If you want to enter the world of strange behaviour on your mac, install this software. Otherwise, avoid it. Does not play well with Little Snitch and it also adds it's own commercials to your e-mails i.e. a burger commercial (popup offer) added to CNET e-mail. Little Snitch alerted me to that intrusion. Also takes a very long time too unsubscribe. Follow Apple rules and you will be safe.
    Solutionscts
    Solutionscts
    Jan 30 2020
    14.2
    1.0
    Jan 30 2020
    1.0
    Version: 14.2
    Anti-virus vendor Avast has been collecting users' browsing histories and selling that personal information.... Vice said: Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world's biggest companies, a joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag has found. Our report relies on leaked user data, contracts, and other company documents that show the sale of this data is both highly sensitive and is in many cases supposed to remain confidential between the company selling the data and the clients purchasing it. The documents, from a subsidiary of the antivirus giant Avast called Jumpshot, shine new light on the secretive sale and supply chain of peoples' internet browsing histories. They show that the Avast antivirus program installed on a person's computer collects data, and that Jumpshot repackages it into various different products that are then sold to many of the largest companies in the world. Some past, present, and potential clients include Google, Yelp, Microsoft, McKinsey, Pepsi, Home Depot, Condé Nast, Intuit, and many others. Some clients paid millions of dollars for products that include a so-called "All Clicks Feed," which can track user behavior, clicks, and movement across websites in highly precise detail.
    clqdr
    clqdr
    Oct 16 2019
    14.2
    1.0
    Oct 16 2019
    1.0
    Version: 14.2
    If you want to enter the world of strange behavior on your mac, install this software. Otherwise, avoid it.
    Mikael-B
    Mikael-B
    Aug 9 2019
    13.11
    3.0
    Aug 9 2019
    3.0
    Version: 13.11
    I tried Avast after 4 years with AVG Antivirus, just to see if Avast's purchase of AVG meant they had learned anything from them. The apps look very similar and have similar paid for services.
    However, while Avast scans fine and can find dodgy trojans, its web screening, in macOS 10.12, is meddling with basic web operation and triggering both Firefox and Safari for secured sites peddling its own distrusted SSL key for those sites. That's not acceptable. AVG does not do this. I'm taking 2 stars off for this, because it renders Avast quite unusable. I'm going back to AVG.

    Sampler
    Sampler
    Dec 23 2018
    13.4
    5.0
    Dec 23 2018
    5.0
    Version: 13.4
    I'm very happy with Avast. I've had the free version for four years, first on El Capitan and now on High Sierra. I run occasional File scans manually. Early on, there was a conflict between Astrill VPN and Avast's mail shield. However, since I switched to VPN.AC, a much better and cheaper VPN, I've had no issues. The mail shield has found occasional bad actors in mail and mail attachments, while the web shield has blocked some problem web pages.. I've never experienced any slowdowns. My wife has had the same setup and similar good experience. Sure, I would like a real-time file scanner, but I don't expect it in a free program and I suspect that it would take up more resources. The key to happiness has been to ignore every popup offer. They don't come often enough to be annoying.
    valpar-fr
    valpar-fr
    Sep 17 2018
    13.4
    0.5
    Sep 17 2018
    0.5
    Version: 13.4
    I tried to upgrade to Avast Business from a free version. It 's now a nightmare : I have no more Antivirus and I am unable to install the new version due to some Kaspersky files remaining on my computer. Avast has not answered to my request. So, at this stage, my advice is : don't upgrade
    CODE_ASH
    CODE_ASH
    Jul 20 2018
    13.9
    5.0
    Jul 20 2018
    5.0
    Version: 13.9
    Not that good UI
    Pirx
    Pirx
    Jul 12 2018
    13.4
    5.0
    Jul 12 2018
    5.0
    Version: 13.4
    I came from Intego, Kaspersky, Norton, SOPHOS Pro and changed to Avast, because of its superior detection of virii.

    To first of all to answer the ever re-appearing question "I have a Mac, do I really need antivirus?": Yes, you do. It does not need to be a virus that affects OS X, you could inadvertendly cause an infection of others by you forwarding or sharing infected files. If you are in business and infect your customers, that is the sure way out of business.

    I do not share the experience of any slow-downs by Avast at all. To the contrary, the use of cycles of Avast seems to be much less than other antivirus I have used over the years.

    Apart from the ransomware shield and webshield, I particularly appreciate the e-mail shield of Avast, as we have been subject to a barrage of phishing and malware loaded e-mails, which all other antivirus did not detect. While I am certainly capable of identifying problematic e-mails, my associates may not. DIY also consumes precious time.

    I don't share the experience of excessive invasiveness by Avast. In fact, I experience no invasiveness at all.

    At the time of this writing, based on my experience, Avast antivirus is the best for Mac, in my opinion.
    swanbeth99
    swanbeth99
    May 30 2018
    13.4
    3.0
    May 30 2018
    3.0
    Version: 13.4
    One of the greatest antivirus on a market, but it became too invasive and it slows down my computer, despite i have a good machine (Macbook Pro 2017)
    seahunt
    seahunt
    Apr 17 2018
    13.4
    1.0
    Apr 17 2018
    1.0
    Version: 13.4
    The most egregious thing Avast did was corrupt two emails which arrived several hours apart. Somehow, the email scan managed to combine the two emails into a single garbled email. Since both emails were still on the server I was able to retrieve them and compare the three raw source files. What Avast did was astonishingly awful. Two other annoyances: I didn't like the way it interacted with Little Snitch and the Avast-provided uninstaller only uninstalls the app. I used another app to find all the bits and pieces left behind and manually deleted them.
    skylinewarrior
    skylinewarrior
    Feb 16 2018
    13.4
    0.0
    Feb 16 2018
    0.0
    Version: 13.4
    Just another antivirus that slows my PC..
    kristysmith016
    kristysmith016
    Jan 17 2018
    13.2
    0.5
    Jan 17 2018
    0.5
    Version: 13.2
    Is there any point installing Antivirus for Mac?
    anonymous-thrush-1121
    anonymous-thrush-1121
    Nov 18 2017
    13.0
    5.0
    Nov 18 2017
    5.0
    Version: 13.0
    I change from Sophos Home to this. Because Avast block coinhive, Sophos Sophos Home does not block its operation with detection alone.
    zlazkow
    zlazkow
    Dec 19 2016
    11.18
    2.0
    Dec 19 2016
    2.0
    Version: 11.18
    First what I want to say - Avast is extremely invasive. So, I pulverized it after one scan.
    Installed it yesterday, run it, found one "infected" file which turned out to be from another free antivirus app. from App Store. I'm sure it wasn't "infected". But I went ahead and deleted it thru Avast. And then deleted the other one all together. After the scan was done, Avast got quite nasty, installed itself on the menu bar without ability to quit it. It also decided to keep my iMac "safe" by "watching" it. Couldn't find a way to quit, so I trashed it. Before trashing it, I purchased iTrash, which is superb, and used it to get rid of avast. Recommend Trend Micro, minimalist app. non invasive.
    lacwbo
    lacwbo
    Nov 11 2016
    11.18
    0.0
    Nov 11 2016
    0.0
    Version: 11.18
    I hate it when the update is listed as: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated. I like to know what I am updating for. Also I find Sophos Home works fine and is also free.
    seealtaf
    seealtaf
    Sep 21 2016
    11.16
    0.5
    Sep 21 2016
    0.5
    Version: 11.16
    Dont install Avast on your Mac. I bought a brand new macbook air 13. Just two days later I installed Avast free version and the whole system slowed down like a snail. The flash drive detection took ages. The folder contents and Macbook search took ages. At first I thought it's virus but then I removed Avast and everything is normal again. Waste of time and effort.
    ohmmmmmm
    ohmmmmmm
    Aug 12 2016
    11.16
    4.5
    Aug 12 2016
    4.5
    Version: 11.16
    Works great as far as I can tell. I have all Shields enabled. Doesn't slow anything down. Can't make it occupy more than 3% CPU time, and then only briefly. Has found a couple of nasty bits. Never tried to install anything without asking first. Stopped suggesting I install anything or asking for anything once I declined. The half star is just my belief that everything can be improved. Well worth the price!
    scoutpaget
    scoutpaget
    Nov 15 2015
    11.2
    1.0
    Nov 15 2015
    1.0
    Version: 11.2
    Penguirl pretty much sums this up. It's good as an anitvirus but it sure gets busy doing all sorts of things that are more than obnoxious. I noticed a lot of malware & crappy cookies appearing in my system and did everything I could with my browser to stop that - it continued. Finally, I took to Avast as I noticed it being very active while I was online. I removed Avast and all the headaches have disappeared. Using this app was a bad experience. I give it a one star - maybe others have figured out the Avast quirks(?) and are happy with it. Plus, I can't give it anything lower.
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