Avast
Avast
14.2

3.1

Avast free download for Mac

Avast

14.2
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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78 Avast Reviews

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Sampler
23 December 2018

Most helpful

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.
Like (3)
Version 13.4
Solutionscts
30 January 2020
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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Version 14.2
clqdr
16 October 2019
If you want to enter the world of strange behavior on your mac, install this software. Otherwise, avoid it.
Like (1)
Version 14.2
Mikael-B
09 August 2019
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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Version 13.11
1 answer(s)
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
17 August 2019
It seems the new version of AVG does do this SSL meddling as well so I'm off both AVG and Avast.
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Sampler
23 December 2018
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.
Like (3)
Version 13.4
valpar-fr
17 September 2018
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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Version 13.4
ashishcompuiting
20 July 2018
Not that good UI
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Version 13.9
Pirx
12 July 2018
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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Version 13.4
2 answer(s)
june8
june8
10 August 2018
I totally agree with you.
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JD-1
JD-1
11 February 2019
I've used it on my Windows install in Parallels for years as well as on dedicated Windows machines in the past. Now on my Mac based systems as well, Avast does the job without any slowdowns or any obtrusiveness what so ever, and I'm running it on a 2009 Mac Pro with El Capitan!
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swanbeth99
30 May 2018
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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Version 13.4
seahunt
17 April 2018
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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Version 13.4
skylinewarrior
16 February 2018
Just another antivirus that slows my PC..
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Version 13.4
kristysmith016
17 January 2018
Is there any point installing Antivirus for Mac?
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Version 13.2
2 answer(s)
zlazkow
zlazkow
24 January 2018
Nop. No need for any anti-anything, as long as you follow safety rules. First is not to click on any ad we see while browsing from one site to another etc. Especially today when looking at one of these misleading pictures on the bottom of many big name sites. And when you do click, be careful not to click on something that doesn't belong to a slide show you're watching.
Second, don't use Google as your main search engine. It's a mother and father of evil. Use StartPage(which uses Google's search), DuckDuckGo, Bravo browser, Use one of European based Email providers like Runbox, Tutanota, Posteo..etc. Also, every anti-virus tool will make your system very slow.
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Robio
Robio
28 July 2018
This is not a review of the product. Why did you click "review" instead of "comment"?
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anonymous-thrush-1121
18 November 2017
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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Version 13.0
lazk
19 December 2016
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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Version 11.18
lacwbo
11 November 2016
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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Version 11.18
seealtaf
21 September 2016
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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Version 11.16
ohmmmmmm
12 August 2016
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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Version 11.16
scoutpaget
15 November 2015
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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Version 11.2
Wild-West
04 October 2015
A good antivirus that works on my PC and now on my MacBook Pro!
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Version 11.2
freiheit
25 September 2015
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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Version 11.2
Jim-Jones
04 August 2015
Best antivirus ever!
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Version 10.4
My-Name-Is-Fry
28 July 2015
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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Version 10.4
Psychiatry
01 June 2015
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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Version 10.4
1 answer(s)
Swo
Swo
27 September 2015
I would consider Intego VirusBarrier (it works works well but I hate the idea of perpetually paying for something that doesn't have to be that way. The payments weren't huge, but cumulatively, that's another matter) or ClamAV (it's no longer free, but you pay once, get regular antivirus updates, and it runs invisibly in the background. I've got nothing but good things to say about it).
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Penguirl
11 March 2015
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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Version 10.4
4 answer(s)
Baannongdong-Kap
Baannongdong-Kap
27 September 2015
I recently found Avast was the problems causing some MacBook Pros to constantly reboot (the problem I was searching). Now I see it offered here! That's like the MacKeeper ads back everywhere again.
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Penguirl
Penguirl
24 November 2015
I discovered that Avast Mac Security's on demand scanner does not detect MacUpdate's new crapware installer that sets all your browser's search to Yahoo. If you download an app from MU and it opens up MacUpdate Installer.app delete it and download your app from the developer's site instead.
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zorbanerd
zorbanerd
23 September 2016
I've just taken to not downloading anything from MacUpdate. Ever.
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Pirx
Pirx
12 July 2018
You are quite right, it may be possible, but it becomes a classic case of RTFM if you failed in unchecking under "miscellaneous options" "allow usage data to be shared" and "help improve out other apps by sending usage data to Avast."
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koehnleinruth
13 February 2015
For me it is the best free anti virus ever
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Version 10.4
tjekov37
30 January 2015
What's New in v 10.4 ??
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Version 10.4
2 answer(s)
lacwbo
lacwbo
31 January 2015
Good question. I don't understand an app being updated with no info on changes.
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tjekov37
tjekov37
01 February 2015
1. Completely new preferences that fit into the program GUI style
2. Polished GUI with some functional improvements (e.g. on demand scan exclusions)
3. Configurable updates
4. Complete integration with Avast account (My Devices)
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Gseifert
30 January 2015
Consistently as good if not better than paid av sw.
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Version 10.4
jack2001
22 January 2015
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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Version 9.0
Mcr
22 January 2015
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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Version 9.0
3 answer(s)
Dom21
Dom21
31 January 2015
Mcr, thanks for your helpful post.
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artie505
artie505
23 April 2015
After 22 updates between May 2013 and July 2014, your linked website has NOT been updated again.

Most recent update: "LatestDetectionRates-July2014"


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Stevie24
Stevie24
16 June 2015
Great post. Thanks.
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MichaelR3935
14 July 2014
If you have fast ssd drive, this program can change it to very, very slow!!!
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Version 9.0
1 answer(s)
Jeff-H-
Jeff-H-
04 September 2014
I can't speak on THIS particular antivirus SW, but when I tried running 2-3 other AV programs (I think they may all be similar), it turned my wicked fast SSD system to a slow and jerky experience.
Once cleaned out n restarted all was well...cant be a coincidence.
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Hal2007
09 July 2014
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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Version 9.0
2 answer(s)
Cowicide
Cowicide
28 November 2014
That kind of unscrupulous, surreptitious behavior makes me not trust the developers of Avast on so many different levels. I have to wonder if they have any ties to the NSA or any other organized crime entities like the NSA at this point.
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bbw7
bbw7
28 November 2014
Yes, that article is well worth reading..

Also, what's the deal that the product description says the size is 132.1 mb, but the actual download is about 6.7 mb? is this thing just an installer that also installs gawd knows what else on your computer?
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tjekov37
06 July 2014
Slowing down my iMac 13.1. After uninstall , he going work so fast !!!
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Version 9.0
1 answer(s)
tjekov37
tjekov37
16 November 2014
v10 /2015 is better !!! and view this:

http://securityspread.com/S0urce/LatestDetectionRates.pdf
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tjekov37
02 July 2014
What's new in v 9.0 ??
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Version 9.0
3 answer(s)
tjekov37
tjekov37
03 July 2014
-New (and much nicer) main UI. -Added command "Scan with Avast!" into Finder's context menu -Preferences has moved from System Preferences into the main application (menu Avast > Preferences) -No user registration required. -Complete support for 64bits. (In version 8.0 the antivirus engine was still running as 32bit for historical reasons.) -Many structural changes and fixes under the hood for higher stability and performance. -New major versions of browser avast! Online Security plugins bundled.
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Hal2007
Hal2007
03 July 2014
The UI is indeed MUCH MUCH nicer! No preference pane in system any more is good, 64 bit support is even nicer. All in all: Thumbs up!
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-M-S-
-M-S-
09 July 2014
thanks for the release notes, tjekov37, where did you find them?
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Big Johnson
25 May 2014
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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Version 8.0
9 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
25 May 2014
Based on that comparison I uninstalled ClamxAV and installed avast! There's a whole lotta BS to go through to get this for free! After installation a window opens and asks to "Install Google Chrome as my default browser." The box is already checked! So I unchecked the box and moved on. To use this app you must register on their website. When I clicked the Register button, a window popped up saying "Your avast! antivirus expires in 30 days." This angered me and I would have immediately uninstalled avast! if I hadn't previously read a review below that says avast! is free for a year. There's no explanation given in the window but evidently I must manually update or do something every 30 days to keep it activated. I registered an account I don't want and the app now shows 365 days remaining. Well if I have 365 days left, why did the window say it expires in 30 days? WTF?! This should be fully explained BEFORE installation! It SHOULD be noted above in the description. This is an underhanded and unscrupulous practice. Avast! Free is not completely free - it takes up your time initially when you register, then every month throughout the year. And evidently it wants your soul too, by attempting to force you to install Google Chrome.
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Xenophile
Xenophile
01 June 2014
Thanks, I was about to try Avast but after reading your warning, I decided on Avira. One reviewer also mentioned that both Avast and Sophos are incompatible with 1Password and Little Snitch, but Avira works fine with them. It's due to the internet shield feature, which you don't need so much if you install the right extensions on your browsers and use Little Snitch.
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Gregm
Gregm
01 June 2014
@BigJohnson: 1. Chrome installs are sneaking in all over the place -- along with home page, search engine changes, and "share your experience" permission. Ya gotta watch and pay attention, instead of auto-clicking "next" on installers. 2. Regarding the expiry thing -- 30 days is what they give you up front. After that annual registration is required to maintain it. Just guessing that it is their way of tracking how many are actually using their program. In the Win world, personal use has no personal support (beyond forums) -- you ride the commercial and government services that actually pay for it.
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
02 June 2014
I have 1Password and Little Snitch, and I've found no conflict whatsoever with avast!. However, I have Web Shield disabled in avast! yet it's still active - there's a button in my Safari toolbar, and it displays a green icon briefly over every page I load in Safari. It doesn't do that in Firefox. I have a bug report filed and am waiting for a reply. I had uninstalled avast! shortly after the first installation, then reinstalled yesterday to work with support on the inordinate number of connection attempts that avast makes to google (blocked with Little Snitch). When the installer opens it immediately tries to connect to google-analytics.I.google.com. When the install is done a window opens asking to install Chrome as the default browser. While that's open com.avast.proxy tries to connect to google-analytics.I.google.com. Then avast! tries to connect to google-analytics.I.google.com. When I started scanning my drive, com.avast.ciqstatsend tried to connect to mciq.avast.com. Looks like it's trying to send info about my usage. I think there were two more attempts that I didn't take screenshots of. I'm guessing avast! is compensated by Google for allowing it to spy on users' systems, and for each user who installs Chrome. Why else the close bond between avast! and Google? Guess that's the price for this "free" app, but is easily thwarted with LS. I have requested a way to limit the amount of CPU usage required when scanning. I took a screenshot of avast! using 132% CPU, and it was over 100% quite often during it's 4 hour+ scan of my 500 GB drive. That caused my system to be very sluggish, virtually unusable at times. Other than all that it seems to functioning okay and I get a small popup in the corner of my screen to let me know when virus definitions have been updated. I just opened avast! and got another connection attempt. This one from avast! to program.avast.com using port 443. That could be avast! trying to connect to my account, but if so why didn't it try during the first scan? That one will try to connect every time avast! is opened, so it needs to be permanently blocked or allowed with Snitch. I blocked it, I'll see if this affect performance and change if necessary.
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
12 June 2014
Found out why the Internet scanner was active even though I had Web Shield disabled. Avast! installs an extension in Safari which I didn't know about until support contacted me. But it has a MAJOR bug - it's impossible to get rid of! I uninstall the extension and every time I reboot it's back again! I've made absolutely sure it was removed from the Safari extensions folder, but on reboot it comes right back. Waiting for another reply from support. STARTING TO REALLY HATE THIS APP!
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
13 June 2014
MY BAD - there's no bug, but the browser extensions must be uninstalled from within the Avast! app, not from the browser extension window like other extensions.
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tjekov37
tjekov37
02 July 2014
But "Intego" is the best and number-1 in this test !!!! ;-)
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
02 September 2014
I hadn't run Avast! or any other AV software for at least a month, so a few days ago I opened Avast!

I was greeted y a big red warning saying "Your Avast! antivirus has expired and you are not protected from the newest threats.
Stay protected: Register now, to keep your virus database up to date."
And there's a big blue button to "Register your software."

The Avast! window shows a big red X and says "NOT REGISTERED. The product must be registered to enable the full functionality.
Days remaining: 0. Current registration will expire on June 30, 2014.

Excuse me, but I already registered this app in May!

So I hit the blue button and registered (again), and the window now shows a big green check mark and says REGISTERED.
Current registration will expire on Aug 27 2015.
Date of registration Aug 27 2014.


So my registration is supposed to be valid for a year, but evidently I must update it every 30 days to keep it active?

What a bunch of bull excrement!!!
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bbw7
bbw7
28 November 2014
I'm acquainted with the Avast! underhanded and hinky marketing practices, of which you speak, from installing it on a Windows machine.

Because of the SafeMac article, I'm staying away from this one. I am having a very good experience with Intego's VirusBarrier -- right now using it in 1-month demo. It found adware that ClamXav, Sophos, Avira and ESET Cybersecurity didn't find (all scans done with updated definitions). Will likely be the first app I plop down money for.

As an aside most of the paid products have 1-month demos, so it's worth anyone's effort to try them out as well. An effective paid product is better than an ineffective free one.
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Oysterhaven
31 March 2014
Latest test results. Best to download and read. http://securityspread.com/S0urce/LatestDetectionRates.pdf
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Version 8.0
1 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
12 June 2014
According to those tests, Avast! is still the best FREE anti-virus app, though it lagged far behind VirusBarrier, finding only 58% of the samples. Heck, even Avast!'s forums were hacked last month, so how good can their security really be?
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tjekov37
30 March 2014
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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Version 8.0
Gregm
22 March 2014
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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Version 8.0
1 answer(s)
Xenophile
Xenophile
01 June 2014
LOL, Avast is NSA Spyware. I thought they already had backdoors into every major OS. Maybe Avast is a trial run of something more intrusive?
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x0x0
16 February 2014
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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Version 8.0
mayax
25 January 2014
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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Version 8.0
Hal2007
10 January 2014
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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Version 8.0
1 answer(s)
anonymous-trout-1840
anonymous-trout-1840
25 February 2014
If you don't want web shields and just basic protection. Try Avira. It has good malware detection rates, but no shields. Utilities like 1Password, Little Snitch and others don't like shields ;)
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smb12321
09 January 2014
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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Version 8.0
DJ-RodrigoSA
04 January 2014
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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Version 8.0
hmfwic47
25 December 2013
It's FREE, but only for a year.
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Version 8.0
tjekov37
21 September 2013
Avast slowing down my computer and net connection !!! :-(
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Version 7.0
1 answer(s)
Dbl
Dbl
15 November 2013
Yes.
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Hal2007
26 June 2013
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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Version 7.0
Pissnaround
19 March 2013
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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Version 7.0
2 answer(s)
umaromc
umaromc
20 March 2013
This issue popped up for me as well but I think it's a genuine Win32 Trojan it detected because the latest, stable release of Flash doesn't put up this flag. It wouldn't be the first time a rogue Trojan or virus slipped through a major release of some kind.
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Pissnaround
Pissnaround
20 March 2013
Perhaps. Or it's just another false positive. Sophos doesn't flag it.
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Penguirl
19 March 2013
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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Version 7.0
3 answer(s)
tjekov37
tjekov37
13 July 2013
are you like avast ? after i install this app, browsing in internet is so slowly !?
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Penguirl
Penguirl
15 July 2013
I like avast! for Windows, though some people consider it spyware because it tracks your web browsing for it's safe site feature. The Mac version however is all but unusable for me. I was using Comodo but I've since switched to Avira.
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tjekov37
tjekov37
23 July 2013
Try this for MAC security....... http://www.forticlient.com/download-forticlient-mac.html Im with MAC OSX 10.8.4 iMAC and worked well :-))
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Tony2013
07 March 2013
Waste of time installing, you don't need an AV on Mac.
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Version 7.0
5 answer(s)
umaromc
umaromc
18 March 2013
It appears you posted this in 2013... from a Mac OS 9 based Mac?
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Penguirl
Penguirl
19 March 2013
Lets see… Java vulnerabilities, Flash vulnerabilities, Acrobat/Reader vulnerabilities, malware in torrent files, rogue JPGs, physical access vulnerabilities… Yup you're right, nothing to worry about here!
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umaromc
umaromc
20 March 2013
Mac malware that infected Facebook bypassed OS X Gatekeeper protection http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/mac-malware-that-infected-facebook-bypassed-os-x-gatekeeper-protection/
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Penguirl
Penguirl
21 March 2013
New Mac trojan injects ads into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It requires installation, but you know some people will authorize it out of ignorance (I don't mean that in a bad way) or accidentally. http://lifehacker.com/5991684/mac-trojan-injects-ads-into-chrome-firefox-and-safari
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tjekov37
tjekov37
29 January 2014
http://securityspread.com/history-of-mac-malware/
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Cowicide
27 February 2013
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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Version 7.0 build 37264
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M-Rick
M-Rick
07 March 2013
It used to do it with version 3, but wasn't free … It wasthe only one to be able to do it with ClamXav, not any more …
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Timmyb
27 February 2013
-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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Version 7.0 build 37264
Philih
22 February 2013
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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Version 7.0 build 37264
wintermute
03 February 2013
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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Version 7.0 build 37264
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Cowicide
Cowicide
04 February 2013
Is there any way to install Avast without it running "always on" daemons in the background? I just want to scan individual files on occasion manually and DO NOT want anything from Avast running on my system unless I'm just running Avast itself. I saw during the first run of Avast, it tries to do an install of WebRep, but I skipped that but then it said it was attempting to install "components" without telling me what they were so I cancelled the installation.
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Timmyb
Timmyb
27 February 2013
>>Is there any way to install Avast without it running "always on" daemons in the background? I just want to scan individual files on occasion manually Good question. I don't think that there is a way to prevent background components from being INSTALLED. but from perusing the manual (http://www.avast.com/download-documentation#other-products) it does appear that we can turn off the 3 major realtime scanners. I don't know if that will actually mean that the background processes will be fully and permanently quit, but it does seem to offer a way to essentially run the app as an on-demand only scanner.
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Penguirl
24 December 2012
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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Version 7.0 build 37264
Macguruguy
10 October 2012
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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Version 7.0 build 37264
Robtpatrick
30 September 2012
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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Version 7.0 build 37264
Sheikh-Rashid
15 July 2012
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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Version 7.0 build 37202
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Hal2007
Hal2007
24 July 2012
Wow. That's really a strong statement. How do you know exactly it's protecting your system? BTW, your link says "not found", and in its correct form leads to a site that describes all variants of free Windows antivirus software. Not quite useful for a Mac user...
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Bidule
Bidule
24 July 2012
http://www.macupdate.com/members/profile/Sheikh-Rashid
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Rasputinsrevengereloadet
Rasputinsrevengereloadet
24 July 2012
add an m to .co then the link will work. @ Bidule, yep, looks suspicious ....
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Rasputinsrevengereloadet
Rasputinsrevengereloadet
24 July 2012
I rather use ClamXav from time to time, it's open source, free, and was there since a long time for mac. And best of all, they don't want to get in to business with you over a free version!
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A1D
A1D
24 July 2012
MacKeeper No. 2 reviewer? )
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Andy-Hewitt
14 July 2012
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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Version 7.0 build 37202
1 answer(s)
Robtpatrick
Robtpatrick
30 September 2012
In your Avast preferences, you will see Mail Shield, simply authenticate, and change the setting to SSL; in your mail client, simply uncheck your SSL link; in some cases you have to lok to find this information; I did it by using advance planning!
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EudoraBryant
29 June 2012
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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Version 7.0
1 answer(s)
Robtpatrick
Robtpatrick
30 September 2012
You must update your license with the state for a driver's license am I correct??? If so, then this app wants to know if anything has changed; if you use software, some form of ID is used; cookies whatever; Avast uses both an EMail and cookies; not a big thing to me or anyone honest!
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Penguirl
29 May 2012
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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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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Version 7.0
Cgc
04 May 2012
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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Version 7.0
Anthony1947
27 April 2012
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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Version 7.0
Harry Flashman
05 April 2012
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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Version 7.0
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alas!
alas!
18 April 2012
Well, no slowdowns or other problems experienced here on my older Core 2 duo Macbook pro w/a mere 2 GIGs of RAM. Same for Sophos.
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Bushwhack
04 April 2012
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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Version 7.0
iTruth
30 March 2012
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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Version 7.0
Timmyb
29 March 2012
Is this going to be free once it is out of beta?
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Version 7.0
Hal2007
28 March 2012
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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Version 7.0
2 answer(s)
Macnews
Macnews
28 March 2012
Yes, I've tried asking about that, but not fixed as of yet. And I'm *not* switching off SSL or any other encryption to make Avast! happy. : ) However, the detection engine is still one of -- if not *the*-- fastest available, and highly accurate. Continue to provide feedback to the devs -- I'm sure we'll get some favorable changes.
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Big77
Big77
12 July 2012
SSL must be turned off for a virus scanner to be able to scan incoming mail for viruses while it's being received -- otherwise it just sees the encrypted transaction. This is like this on the windows platform as well, so doubt it's something which will be changed.
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Cattus-Thraex
04 June 2011
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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Version 1.0
1 answer(s)
Macnews
Macnews
28 March 2012
The Mac version of several years ago (the obscenely expensive Mac version) is not the same as this one. This is brand new.
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Gregm
03 June 2011
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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Version 1.0
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Revan
Revan
04 June 2011
Actually this is the Beta version of the free version that they are planning to release once it goes finial. So they are planning to release a free version for the Mac just as they do for Windows.
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Gregm
Gregm
04 June 2011
@Revan: I would call "free version" good news. What is your information source? I see nothing that even hints at that on their web page. (side note: I had to use an alternative browser to get around their website --- not Safari5x friendly. That solidifies the BETA concerns in my own mind)
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Revan
Revan
04 June 2011
I am not sure my replay went through, but it is not mentioned on there main web site, but in there forums announcing the Beta. The link is http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=78646.0
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Macnews
Macnews
28 March 2012
I've been testing this for quite a while. Actually, if you look, the 'free' description is in the address! Here: http://www.avast.com/en-us/free-antivirus-mac
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GeogProf
03 June 2011
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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Version 1.0
2 answer(s)
Macnews
Macnews
28 March 2012
Please elaborate on what, other than the word 'beta', in the developer's description makes you so averse to using the app. Also, as you might not be aware, Avast! is a highly-regarded antivirus solution for Windows-based machines; just in case you might be thinking it's a new Mac-only app. : )
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Jitendra-kumar-sahoo
Jitendra-kumar-sahoo
15 May 2012
Download free avast antivirus from here for 1 year with key. http://trickmaker.com/2011/11/free-antivirus-avast-2011-download-with.html
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Ninja-Boy
28 July 2010
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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Version 2.74
Yesuaini99
10 March 2009
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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Version 2.74
Pirx
21 September 2008
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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Version 2.74
Altero-Tot-Eu
18 February 2008
avast conflicts with Mail.app. Do not install it!
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Version 2.74
1 answer(s)
Yesuaini99
Yesuaini99
10 March 2009
I have the same experience. It somehow removed my Mail index and prompted me to rebuid the whole index for over 12000 emails.
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Version 2.74
nostrodumbass
05 January 2008
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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Version 2.74
2 answer(s)
Macnews
Macnews
28 March 2012
No, this is the free version. You can register it for one year. You also have the choice to re-register after that time period has expired. As I mentioned above, the 'free' is also in the web address: http://www.avast.com/en-us/free-antivirus-mac . When this software goes out of beta, it will be free. No doubt they will also release a commercial version, but I'm sure they have their hands full working on Firewall and other network-based Mac solutions at the moment.
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Macnews
Macnews
28 March 2012
Sorry, no 1-year registration as of yet, but this version *is* and will be free when out of beta. : )
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Imho
04 January 2008
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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Version 2.74
Complex-person
04 January 2008
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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Version 2.74
Rpphoto
04 January 2008
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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Version 2.74
Roy-Van-Der-Woning
04 January 2008
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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