Avast
Avast
14.2

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Avast free download for Mac

Avast14.2

16 October 2019

Antivirus app with on-demand scanning.

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 Avast

Version 14.2:
  • Fixes for crashes in Wi-Fi Monitoring
  • Minor fixes and correction of typos in 14.x

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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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79 Reviews of Avast

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Sampler
23 December 2018
Version: 13.4

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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.
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RogerG5788
03 March 2020
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.
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Solutionscts
30 January 2020
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.
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clqdr
16 October 2019
Version: 14.2
If you want to enter the world of strange behavior on your mac, install this software. Otherwise, avoid it.
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Mikael-B
09 August 2019
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.

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Sampler
23 December 2018
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.
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0.5
valpar-fr
17 September 2018
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
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5
ashishcompuiting
20 July 2018
Version: 13.9
Not that good UI
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Pirx
12 July 2018
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.
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swanbeth99
30 May 2018
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)
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seahunt
17 April 2018
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.
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skylinewarrior
16 February 2018
Version: 13.4
Just another antivirus that slows my PC..
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0.5
kristysmith016
17 January 2018
Version: 13.2
Is there any point installing Antivirus for Mac?
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anonymous-thrush-1121
18 November 2017
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.
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lazk
19 December 2016
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.
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lacwbo
11 November 2016
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.
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0.5
seealtaf
21 September 2016
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.
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4.5
ohmmmmmm
12 August 2016
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!
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scoutpaget
15 November 2015
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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5
Wild-West
04 October 2015
Version: 11.2
A good antivirus that works on my PC and now on my MacBook Pro!
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freiheit
25 September 2015
Version: 11.2
Good anti-virus but Avast! violated my #1 rule for anti-malware software by downloading AND LAUNCHING a 2nd app (some VPN demo) without ever asking my permission. I only discovered it because Little Snitch notified me that this new app was making an outbound connection which I hadn't requested. I didn't install an anti-malware app to have it surreptitiously install extra apps. If Avast! wanted people to pay for their their software they might have tried giving Mac users the option of paying for Avast! anti-virus. It was freeware, that doesn't mean I'm okay with them quietly adding other apps I didn't request.
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5
Jim-Jones
04 August 2015
Version: 10.4
Best antivirus ever!
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5
My-Name-Is-Fry
28 July 2015
Version: 10.4
I've been using Avast on my Windows laptops for years and I've never had problems with it. Now I've downloaded this same antivirus for my brand new Mac. I know some say there's no need for this, but I feel more protected with Avast and it doesn't bother me.
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Psychiatry
01 June 2015
Version: 10.4
I'm disappointed with Avast.

1. It runs a utility in the background without your permission that appears to be scanning your files, which uses up 150% CPU time or more. This is before even instructing it to do an on-demand scan of your hard drive. This is why Avast SLOWWWWS down your system for a long time. I couldn't stand it.
2. It installs another app - it's own demo of Avast VPN. It wants you to pay for it. And this VPN takes up space on your menubar.
3. It installs a lot of files on your hard drive, including automatic startup files (called daemons) that you cannot turn off without knowledge of them.
4. It has NUMEROUS apps installed and running in the background. What the h...l are these doing?
5. When you uninstall Avast, it leaves a daemon file that start up every time you log into your Mac. This means it doesn't do a good job of uninstalling itself. That is not high quality craftsman work. That is a hack job when an app's own uninstaller doesn't do a complete job. What other files were left on my Mac?

Given Avast's reputation for installing ad-ware on PCs, this bad behavior is alarming.

All I want is on-demand virus and malware scanning. That should be simple. No need for any background processes. Nothing to hide.

I uninstalled Avast. I'm looking for something that is more trustworthy.

Not Recommended.
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Penguirl
11 March 2015
Version: 10.4
Good antivirus, other than the fact that it IS a virus. Constantly connects to known personal data aggragators, you can reduce or stop this behaviour by disabling the Web Shield. But it’s possible that the File Shield and Mail Shield could be collecting data too for all I know. App relies on the three shields so it has no scheduled scan ability. Seems fast and light but the data mining is a deal breaker for me.
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koehnleinruth
13 February 2015
Version: 10.4
For me it is the best free anti virus ever
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3.5
tjekov37
30 January 2015
Version: 10.4
What's New in v 10.4 ??
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5
Gseifert
30 January 2015
Version: 10.4
Consistently as good if not better than paid av sw.
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jack2001
22 January 2015
Version: 9.0
ritengo questa app ottima. mi ha bloccato diversi siti come pericolosi e quando faccio ricerche su google a fianco di ogni sito mi segnala se è sicuro. inoltre, e non di secondaria importanza, gli aggiornamenti dei virus sono giornalieri all'accensione del mac.
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Mcr
22 January 2015
Version: 9.0
Detailed malware detection test results are regularly posted here for nearly 2 dozen products, free and paid: http://securityspread.com/detection-rate-results/ These are very detailed, showing EXACTLY by name for each malware/virus if it is detected or not, for each product, then products are ranked 95%, 85%, 75% etc based on detection rates. Historical results are maintained so you can compare over time, and you do see product results change with each test (done every month to every 3 months depending on whether there are any new reported malware in the field, and a sample can be obtained for testing). I've done a bit of research on the site and tester, to make sure it was not one of those 'sponsored' sites by a vendor that are made to appear as objective, neutral reviews. The fact that the product rankings change constantly AND that the results are very specific and listed in detail, further support that this site and the tester are very objective. In fact this is exactly the kind of site and test results, that vendors DON'T want you to see, even the ones that do well on the test (because no product is 100%). I am posting this to support the Mac Community. When we are all better informed when it comes to this important area of security in this day of cyber threats, we all benefit. Education and information is the best defense, (as with so many things in life). For example, if someone uses MacKeeper because they don't know better, then in some ways the community failed for not getting the word out. If after doing some research and being advised not to use MacKeeper, someone still chooses to do so, then you can't help that, but hopefully it wasn't because there wasn't information available. My aim is not to support or dissuade anyone about a particular product, you pick / use or don't use whatever product you want, and live with the consequences, just remember that your decision can effect others, by virtue of whether you are part of stopping the spread, or being a part of it. I highly recommend you don't just look at the current results, but look at the past ones as well. You WILL see trends, with some products consistently doing well and others not so much, and some moving up and down. Remember, an A/V product rests on two main things, the scanning engine AND the malware database. A great engine can be crippled if the database is not updated in a timely manner. Conversely, a vendor that does maintain a current database might still not be effective if the program itself is buggy. This site only ONLY addresses virus detection results, it does not in general make any conclusions or post results regarding performance, installation, support, UI, etc.
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0.5
MichaelR3935
14 July 2014
Version: 9.0
If you have fast ssd drive, this program can change it to very, very slow!!!
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Hal2007
09 July 2014
Version: 9.0
There seem to be downsides, too. Be cautious about Avast installing adware. Read this article for more information: http://www.thesafemac.com/avast-installs-adware/
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3.5
tjekov37
06 July 2014
Version: 9.0
Slowing down my iMac 13.1. After uninstall , he going work so fast !!!
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3.5
tjekov37
02 July 2014
Version: 9.0
What's new in v 9.0 ??
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Big Johnson
25 May 2014
Version: 8.0
In Jan. 2014, more than 20 Mac anti-virus apps were tested and Avast came in second place. http://www.thesafemac.com/mac-anti-virus-testing-2014/
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3.5
Oysterhaven
31 March 2014
Version: 8.0
Latest test results. Best to download and read. http://securityspread.com/S0urce/LatestDetectionRates.pdf
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tjekov37
30 March 2014
Version: 8.0
Where i can view OSX treat ? Like that.... http://www.eset.com/us/threat-center/threatsense-updates/page/1/?q=osx
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1.5
Gregm
22 March 2014
Version: 8.0
Calls home to the Feds? WTH? Additional connectivity problems I shifted from Sophos to this because of the ratings referred to by an earlier poster. Note that that comparison chart is *NOT* for Macs -- you need to dig deeper to find out the Mac info is just-inherited-4year-old info, not yet updated. Little Snitch said a helper wanted to connect to redirect.gov1.com. Chased it down with Whatroute to a server shared with LAX, Moffet AFB and ?? I uninstalled it and all my secure connectivity problems went away.
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x0x0
16 February 2014
Version: 8.0
Beware that when Webshield is enabled (default), Avast! forwards all your connections through a proxy of their own; Every site you connect to is therefore logged by them; Everytime you open the software, even when you install it, it connects and sends your infos to Google Analytics; It installs a browser plugin that also connects to Google Anaytics. It uses Curl (a system process) to send analytics info to their servers... In facts, it does many things a good malware shoud do. And if it was labelled as so, I would rate it a 5-Stars.
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mayax
25 January 2014
Version: 8.0
Get the latest AV detection comparison chart here: http://securityspread.com/detection-rate-results/ I keep wondering if my AV is good enough, and every now and then check macupdate to see what users are recommending; but never know who or what to believe. Anyway, I came across this website and thought I'd share it with people that would like a more conclusive update and comparison between numerous AVs.
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Hal2007
10 January 2014
Version: 8.0
Dropbox ceized to work as soon as Avast did its proxy thing. Uninstalled and all is fine. Waiting for a corrected version.
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smb12321
09 January 2014
Version: 8.0
All was fine then my (formerlh lightning fast) IMAC began to slow...and slow...and slow. I can't find any discussion besides the company's "send us your data and we'll get back" promo. So much as I like the product and the way it works - it doesn't "work".
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DJ-RodrigoSA
04 January 2014
Version: 8.0
i have been using AVAST for the last 10 years and i will not use any other! @Hmfwic yes its free for a year, and when the time comes you can renew for free again.
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4.5
hmfwic47
25 December 2013
Version: 8.0
It's FREE, but only for a year.
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3.5
tjekov37
21 September 2013
Version: 7.0
Avast slowing down my computer and net connection !!! :-(
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Hal2007
26 June 2013
Version: 7.0
Latest change log as stated in their forum: 2013-06-25: Build 39048. - Allow multi-selection in scan result. - Allow to define new scan type. - Fixed handling of certificate expiration in webshield/mailshield. - Many minor improvements and bug fixes.
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Pissnaround
19 March 2013
Version: 7.0
Avast is flagging the latest Adobe Flash Player 11.7.700.146. This is just the latest issue I've had with Avast so I uninstalled it.
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Penguirl
19 March 2013
Version: 7.0
Hey avast!, would it kill you to give us some release notes here so that we can decide if it's worth trying again or not?
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Tony2013
07 March 2013
Version: 7.0
Waste of time installing, you don't need an AV on Mac.
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Cowicide
27 February 2013
Version: 7.0 build 37264
This needs to have an option to install without any components put into my system. I want it to be able to ONLY RUN when I launch the app and scan when I want it to. ClamXav can do this and it's free as well. Until the avast! for Mac developers make this change, this app is useless to me. There just aren't enough threats for Mac OS X to justify the overhead of running something does non-stop scanning of files in the background. We need to be able to scan specific file when we want to instead of this overzealous approach that reduces performance of our computers.
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Timmyb
27 February 2013
Version: 7.0 build 37264
-Installed 7.0.37781 got a system panic during the in app update to 7.0.38397. -Safari and Firefox WebRep extensions are automatically and silently reinstalled at system restart even if they have been disabled from within the app. -Bad privacy/EULA terms (as others have mentioned the mandatory WebRep browse extensions report back 8every* site that you visit including search engine queries. --This is too bad because according to tets by TheSafeMac.com Avast has excellent detection rates.
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1.5
Philih
22 February 2013
Version: 7.0 build 37264
This software may have good scan results. But this is not the only thing what a software should do for me. Avast! installs by default some Google Browser extentsions, you only get updates if you "sign up" to a community. "WebRep" is an additional plugin for this software, and installed by default. But this Plugin routes all the Browser traffic UNENCRYPTED through an avast!-Proxy. Everyone at avast! can see what you are doing, and its personalized. Because you are registered. This is nothing more than a malware for me.
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wintermute
03 February 2013
Version: 7.0 build 37264
Pros: Fast, real-time scanning on my machine. Cons: Appears to only detect but not delete or offer to remove/delete or quarantine any malware files... at least that was the case when I used the EICAR test virus. The Mail Shield function seems almost worthless as its file detection scanning already detects malware attachments in the Mail Downloads folder... it might possibly help to detect phishing scams I suppose. Mail shield requires that you disable SSL in you Mail program and re-enable SSL in Mail Shield. The Mail Shield function does not work well with many SSL mail servers. The set-up for SSL via Mail Shield is buggy and problematic in most instances. Mail Shield doesn't like some SSL mail servers apparently due to load-balanced configurations or alternate domain names/mismatches, etc. that cannot be over-ridden by the end-user. Avast tries to install Google Chrome by default and configure it to be your default browser. Avast installs WebRep plugins into FireFox and Safari by default... a form of spyware since it tracks the sites you visit, although some may find it useful. Avast makes you sign-up for an account and then adds you to their "community" by default which enables some data mining/ sending of private info to them. Personally, I don't like software that acts like the type of software from which it is supposed to be protecting me. Still, some may find it useful. Just be aware of how they are delivering this software to you for "free."
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Penguirl
24 December 2012
Version: 7.0 build 37264
I decided to try avast! again after the update - my QC MP with 8GB of RAM became unusable while scanning. I want to like avast! but they are making it impossible.
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Macguruguy
10 October 2012
Version: 7.0 build 37264
This does not play well with Little Snitch. I do not like the way it asks to disable SSL in Mail Accounts, nor do I like that it requires registration. Very intrusive program with huge and annoying popup alerts. Even though it's not the best, I'll go back to Sophos. At least it does it's thing in the background and registers itself. Easy setup and easy use are key for a good virus program for me. Sorry Avast, you are not for me.
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Robtpatrick
30 September 2012
Version: 7.0 build 37264
I have used all the virus programs and have done a "mini research" on all; except iAntivirus. This program is easy to install, and uninstall, as the uninstall is in the menu; all is removed. Quite a number have "made a choice" to complain about registration; not a problem for this user. Scanning is fast really fast, and it's virus definitions are updated in the background. Using my computer conservativly, only the finder is in the background.
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Sheikh-Rashid
15 July 2012
Version: 7.0 build 37202
This is the best software I ever used. I have never used such a software before. Its really a system protecting software. This link will help you to learn it easily. http://www.free-antivirus.co/antivirus/avg-free.html/
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Andy-Hewitt
14 July 2012
Version: 7.0 build 37202
Getting there, and becoming one of the better choices now. But how do you stop it popping up 'Cannot check SSL mail' warnings? (I have entered my SSL accounts into preferences). This is the only annoying thing about it so far.
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3.5
EudoraBryant
29 June 2012
Version: 7.0
Avast works well on my Mac, free and effective. Work faster than many paid apps. However, Why this app requires registration?
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Penguirl
29 May 2012
Version: 7.0
avast! Free Anti-Virus is still in beta and it shows. You have to register (no charge) it to use it for more than 30 days, however you cannot paste a password into the registration window. Enter a short simple password and you can change it at the website to something secure more easily - easily once you manage to login. I had to do a password recovery to login, it would not accept the password I entered in the apps registration window. On the upside, you can check the security status of all your devices that run avast! Anti-Virus on their website. The main window cannot be re-sized making it difficult to see the entire file path of files listed as infections or warnings. avast! found a likely false positive in the game Incoming.app, and it gave a lot of warnings. Running the full system scan also had a noticeable effect on my QC Mac Pro, slowing down user inputs and affecting video playback on Movist.app (free version). While it supports manual on-demand scans it doesn't seem to support scheduled scans. Setting up the Mail Shield is a bit of a hassle, and Web Shield does not support either of my two primary browsers - OmniWeb (which doesn't support plug-ins) and Chromium. It does support Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. It does have the ability to submit suspected malware or false positives to avast! for analysis. Overall avast! Free Anti-Virus shows promise but it's not quite ready for prime time. Comodo seems a better choice, at least for the time being.
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theedgeofoblivious
27 May 2012
Version: 7.0
I use Avast on the Windows side, because on Windows it's definitely the best antivirus available. I had been using Sophos on the Mac, but Avast on Windows had more features, so after Avast released a Mac version, I decided to try it out. The Mac version definitely had more features. In terms of sheer number of features, Avast definitely wins. But there were a few major issues: First, I use SSL for email, and Avast would complain about not being able to check my email. I shouldn't have to choose between securely accessing my email and having antivirus running on my Mac. Second, scanning took a really really really really long time. After installing Avast, I ran a full scan on my computer, and it ran for over 36 hours without being anywhere near finished, so I stopped it. Third, when Avast was installed, my web browser was slowed down pretty drastically. Sites that would normally load very quickly would sometimes take between ten seconds and a minute to load. I'd be willing to accept a very slight delay, but that's too significant. For Windows, there's no question that I'd recommend Avast. Avast makes good Windows software. Version 7.0 of the Mac looks like it has a lot of potential to become good software, and I have hope that Avast will become the same great app on the Mac that it is on Windows. It has a lot of good features, but the few major issues I listed are enough that I can't recommend using Avast on the Mac when Sophos works very well and almost silently and doesn't slow down my computer.
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Cgc
04 May 2012
Version: 7.0
Avast is great on Windows but on my Mac it was so obtrusive, asking me for every connection (disabled due to Little Snitch) and warning me my mail was encrypted (which I couldn't find a work around). In the end I uninstalled Avast after one day of non-stop nuisance pop-ups. They need to make it work more seamlessly and less obtrusively (e.g. it needs to be more intelligent).
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Anthony1947
27 April 2012
Version: 7.0
I just downloaded Avast about 30 minutes ago — and it created one of the most awful experiences I've had on my 2011 iMac. I installed it — and its components — and it took over my machine with dozens of items spread everywhere. I played hell trying to delete the entire mess, which I finally did. I did not like that it took over my machine, so to speak. No wonder it tells you that it will not function if you have any other anti-virus software installed. I'm going back to ClamXav and/or Sophos. Be warned — this can cause serious problems.
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Harry Flashman
05 April 2012
Version: 7.0
I've used the Windows version for some time without problems including an install via Parallels on this Mac, so I was curious to try this out on OS X. To my surprise it turned my 8 Core Mac Pro with 32 gigs of Ram into a horribly slow, unresponsive mess with frequent spinning ball and that doesn't happen even when I'm running several resource hungry apps like Photoshop and Lightroom at the same time on heavy tasks. I looked inside the activity monitor for clues but couldn't see anything obviously wrong, yet it was patently clear from the sudden slow down while Avast was running a scan that something was wrong, so I uninstalled it and normal service resumed. I've not seen problems like this in the past when trying Sophos or Clamav.
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Bushwhack
04 April 2012
Version: 7.0
I switched to this from Sophos and I am looking forward to some of the added features. However I am having an issue installing the Chrome Extension with the latest beta of this software. Is this a known issue or am I the only one?
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iTruth
30 March 2012
Version: 7.0
Not trying to advocate antivirus programs on the Mac but if you're the paranoid type then this is the best option for you. It's light on system resources and is very accurate at detecting malware. I can't give it 5 stars as it's still in beta but that can change in the future.
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Timmyb
29 March 2012
Version: 7.0
Is this going to be free once it is out of beta?
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Hal2007
28 March 2012
Version: 7.0
Works good so far. Only nuisance is setting up the mail server proxy to intercept mail traffic. As far as I've seen, Apple Mail has to be set to not use SSL, because the Avast shield does that. If you don't switch off SSL, you'll end up with numerous on screen warnings. Hope this has been worked around in the final version.
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Cattus-Thraex
04 June 2011
Version: 1.0
I tried the mac version soem 2-3 years ago, and got a serious problem: it harmed my mac (no idea whether it found something, but I had to reinstall, fortunately could do that). The authors admitted the problem, but—nothing followed. I would have accepted a kind of ‘thanks for your feedback’ or anything similar, as usual in the civilized world. Its authors cultivate a kind of arrogance, perhaps considering that a good feedback is something normal. I cannot judge this version, but I warn potential users on the possible problems with avast. Maybe I am wrong, and maybe I misjudged their reaction. So, before tsting avast!, do make a daily backup copy and be prepared for serious things.
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Gregm
03 June 2011
Version: 1.0
Avast has an outstanding free version for Windows. As there are existing proven free alternatives (ClamXav and Sophos) for the Mac, I see absolutely no reason to get into a subscription fee BETA.
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GeogProf
03 June 2011
Version: 1.0
If you carefully read the developer's description above, you probably already know that only an absolute fool would believe anything s/he says. Seriously, I wouldn't touch this app with a ten foot pole.
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Ninja-Boy
28 July 2010
Version: 2.74
Quite an impressive product description by the company. However, I also found problems with e-mail. I have to use Windoze at work and test-ran this app for a while when I was looking for a reliable AV app. Even on Windoze, it causes conflicts with e-mail and certain other apps which it blocks from launching. In spite of this, it's a good-looking app - nice GUI - but a shame the product description doesn't live up to it's actual performance. And, it was a pain to uninstall !
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Yesuaini99
10 March 2009
Version: 2.74
avast for Mac Edition keeps crashing when I scan the entire HD. Also, find it impossible to find any documentation on how to uninstall it.
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Pirx
21 September 2008
Version: 2.74
In general, in the Windows world Grisofts AVG found at least 6 more infections on our office machines than Avast did. For Mac, I was looking for an AV that scans the single biggest source of infection: e-mails. I do forward e-mails, so passing on Windows infections is a possibility. Avast plugs into your Mail.app and launches it. If you uncheck the mail option in the preferences, no mail scanning seems to be happening. Apart from my preference to launch my e-mail software at my leisure, Avast completely ignores the fact that many people do not use Mail.app, but things like Thunderbird, PowerMail, Entourage, et al. So, in terms of what I really wanted to have, e-mail scanning, it does not perform as expected. The HD scans are fast and thorough, no complaints about that. No crashes or hanging on OS X 10.4.11.
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Altero-Tot-Eu
18 February 2008
Version: 2.74
avast conflicts with Mail.app. Do not install it!
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nostrodumbass
05 January 2008
Version: 2.74
While it's got an easy to use UI and seems to be quite thorough(I ran it but no "cooties" were found on my hard drive), be aware that Avast Antivirus is not for purchase; you buy a license to use it for one, two or three years at a time. Currently, a one year license costs $40, a two year license costs $58 and it's $74 for three years. The Avast company is Czech, and heretofore has sold most of their software to European buyers, so most likely, their antivirus software licenses will become more and more costly for those of us in the States as the dollar vis a vis the Euro loses value. So Avast Antivirus is quite expensive to use, especially if one expects to use it for a number of years. One irksome fact is that their antivirus software for Windows(their home edition used non-commercially, has FREE yearly licenses, while we Mac users have to pay for them! Most puzzling, since Windows is just plagued with viruses/malware while there are, as yet, NO active ones out there for Mac. I, for one, will pass on this one; I'll just continue to use the free and highly regarded ClamXav.
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Imho
04 January 2008
Version: 2.74
Downloaded avast! -that I already knew from the Windows platform - yesterday and scanned my Mail- and Downloadfolders. avast! found eight infected files, all .exe files. Looks as a real Mac-program and I liked the built-in manual. Seems to work rather quickly.
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Complex-person
04 January 2008
Version: 2.74
I have my parents PC using Avast anti-virus, it works well and is completely FREE for home use. Where's the FREE home use for the Mac users?
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Rpphoto
04 January 2008
Version: 2.74
Looks pretty, but it's funny: the first WARNING I received while running it was for something called "Avast!.app"!!! So far it's only about 1/3rd of the way through its ritual, and so far that's the only warning... . Hope that's not a bad sign; it would be nice to find a good app like this since at some point in the future we'll need this...
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Roy-Van-Der-Woning
04 January 2008
Version: 2.74
Perhaps the developer can provide some independent reports on "the ever-increasing malware threats being deployed against the platform"? I miserably failed to dig up anything substantial in this area.
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