Avast Mac Security
Avast Mac Security
13.12

3.1

Avast Mac Security free download for Mac

Avast Mac Security

13.12
26 August 2019

Antivirus app with on-demand scanning.

Overview

Avast Mac Security offers three shields and on-demand scanning. Our Web Shield and Mail Shield combine to check the vast majority of incoming data from the Internet, while File Shield scans all programs stored and executed from your hard drive. Everything is packed in a brand new GUI.

Features:
  • On-screen alerts
  • On-demand scanning
  • Web Shield, Mail Shield, File Shield
  • Automatic virus definition updates

Please note that Avast will not run properly if you have other antivirus software installed.

What's new in Avast Mac Security

Version 13.12:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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x0x0
16 February 2014

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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
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.
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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
Free

3.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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