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

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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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.
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Version 13.4
clqdr
16 October 2019
If you want to enter the world of strange behavior on your mac, install this software. Otherwise, avoid it.
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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
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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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