Avira
Avira
4.2.0.23
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Avira free download for Mac

Avira

Version 4.2.0.23

Free antivirus/anti-malware package.

Avira overview

Avira for Mac uses award-winning technology and a user-friendly interface to protect against online threats, including adware, ransomware, spyware, trojans, and viruses. 

Any unknown files are uploaded to Avira’s and analyzed using artificial intelligence. When a new threat is detected, the file is quarantined and devices protected within minutes.

Avira comes in three versions: Avira Free Antivirus for Mac, Avira Free Security Suite for Mac, and Avira Antivirus Pro 2019 which includes a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Download Avira for Mac and get:

  • Real-time protection: Scans any file accessed by the system. 
  • Integrated scheduling: Automates the running of updates and scans.
  • Activity stream: Visually review all security-related activities on your system.

Additional Features

  • Avira Browser Safety: Protects online activities when using Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
  • Tracking Blocker: Prevents monitoring of online activities.
  • Price comparison: Save money while shopping online.

Awards and Recognition

  • AV-Comparatives: Three stars for Avira Antivirus Pro 2019 for Real-World Protection and Malware Protection, and two stars for Performance.
  • AV-Test: 99.8% for protection against malware infections and 100% for usability.

Version Features

Avira Internet Security for Mac comes in two free and one licensed package.

Avira Free Antivirus

  • Anti-adware, antivirus, antiphishing, anti-ransomware, and antispyware
  • Scheduled security scans and automatic virus definition updates.
  • Proactive identification of previously unknown threats using artificial intelligence.
  • Simple search and quarantine of known threats on external devices.

Avira Free Security Suite

Everything in Avira Antivirus PLUS:

  • Phantom VPN to keep you safe and protect your identity when online.

Avira Antivirus Pro 2019

Everything in Avira Antivirus PLUS:

  • Free support via email and phone.
  • Includes scanning for USB devices.
  • Online banking and shopping protection.
  • Real-time protection and repair capabilities.

What’s new in version 4.2.0.23

Updated on Dec 14 2021

Version 4.2.0.23:

Note: The downloadable file is an installer that will install the product when opened.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

FAQ

Is Avira safe for Mac?
Yes. MacWorld states that "For no money down, this suite [Avira free Mac security] offers real-time protection and a firewall." 
How good is Avira free antivirus?
Yes. The free download, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac, uses the same detection engine as Avira Antivirus Pro 2019 which was given a 99.8% protection rate by both AV-Comparatives and AV-Test.
Does Avira remove malware?
Yes. Avira detects and removes 99.99% of known malware.
Does Avira slow down my computer?
No. Avira runs silently in the background with a small footprint and minimal impact on system resources. 
How do I remove Avira from my computer?
Open the Applications folder, find Avira and drag it to Trash to uninstall.

Information

License

Free

Size

6.9 MB

Developer’s website

https://www.avira.com/en

Downloads

21494

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.12.0 or later
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lucycranetranslate
lucycranetranslate
May 28 2021
4.2.0.19
4.0
May 28 2021
4.0
Version: 4.2.0.19
It made my computer run slower.....
zlazkow
zlazkow
Oct 31 2020
4.2.0.11
0.0
Oct 31 2020
0.0
Version: 4.2.0.11
Not needed. It's necessary for Windows. For Mac it is a burden, useless.
pwood1209pw
pwood1209pw
Feb 4 2020
4.0.1.42
0.0
Feb 4 2020
0.0
Version: 4.0.1.42
My macBook air, is early 2015. Need an Avira that is compatible. downloaded Avira says "error" - doesn't work although original screen said it was compatible. Any suggestions?
Filou53
Filou53
Nov 22 2019
4.0.1.42
0.0
Nov 22 2019
0.0
Version: 4.0.1.42
Apparemment, l'outil Anti-Ransomwere n'est pas gratuit contrairement à ce qui est indiqué ci-dcessus ! Il fait partie des fonctions payantes --- Apparently, the Anti-Ransomwere tool is not free of charge contrary to what is indicated above! It is part of the paid functions
Tomjwright
Tomjwright
Aug 8 2019
3.10.12.10
0.5
Aug 8 2019
0.5
Version: 3.10.12.10
Installed last week on Mojave. Removed this morning after discovering it caused long delays in some actions on Safari and inhibited moving items in Dock. I really don't know if it is effective in protecting against viruses, but I can't tolerate the other effects of this software.
ShotBlocker
ShotBlocker
Sep 20 2018
3.10.4.36
0.0
Sep 20 2018
0.0
Version: 3.10.4.36
Dear Avira, The 3.10.4 Improvements as written above are poorly worded English. I note that they are the same as here: https://answers.avira.com/en/question/changelog-17286 The first bullet point should read: Avira Antivirus for Mac 3.10.4 is compatible with macOS 10.14 "Mojave." The second bullet point should read: Installation on macOS10.14 (or later) has an extended setup process, which requires administrator permissions. (Right? If not, please define "user permissions." And how do you know that "later" installations will also require extended setup.?They haven't even been released in beta.) The third bullet point is incomprehensible. I'm going to guess that what you mean to say is, "If Avira Antivirus for Mac is already installed on a computer that is being upgraded to macOS 10.14 "Mojave," the first time the program is run (after the macOS upgrade) the user will be asked to supply the administrator password. Dear MacUpdate: Please change "Will Avira Antivirus work good on macOS 10.13.4?" to "Will Avira Antivirus work well on macOS 10.13.4?" "Good" is not an adverb, it's an adjective. German companies are excused for occasional improper English. You are not. I'll just add a note here to thank all the reviewers. The more detail you can provide the better. There are so many entries in the Mac AV "space, it's almost impossible to sort through them all. Feels like a minefield. ClamXAV 3 works well for me, and though it isn't free, I've used it for over a decade and am happy to support Mark Allan. I don't use the "real time" feature. Intego Virus Scanner also seems to work well, is free, and has no real time feature. Malwarebytes for Mac seems fine as far as it goes (trapping existing infections of common malware) but does it do anything beyond that? The marketing hype is insufferable. ("Crushes the threat of Mac malware!") Avira seems like it's OK, but the lack of recent positive reviews makes me wary. Ah uh, heh, I *always* want to know if these programs have an installer that actually uninstalls everything.
Rochade
Rochade
Apr 6 2018
3.9.5.83
2.0
Apr 6 2018
2.0
Version: 3.9.5.83
While the app works fine it consumes 100% CPU almost all the time so I had to uninstall it.
Lightning
Lightning
Mar 21 2018
3.9.4.50
0.0
Mar 21 2018
0.0
Version: 3.9.4.50
Avira not working for me with latest version of Mac OS (macOS 10.13.4 (17E190a)).
Macguruguy
Macguruguy
Jan 24 2018
3.9.4.50
0.5
Jan 24 2018
0.5
Version: 3.9.4.50
Not compatible with OS 10.3.3. Freezes up. Had to uninstall.
gamezr01
gamezr01
Dec 10 2017
3.9.1.29
1.5
Dec 10 2017
1.5
Version: 3.9.1.29
This ain't no crap review! Like the new Malwarebytes, Avira acts like a malware by drastically slowing down my Macbook's boot time. Turning off real time protection has no effect. Another AV/malware app goes into the trash!
Macguruguy
Macguruguy
Nov 10 2017
3.9.1.29
0.5
Nov 10 2017
0.5
Version: 3.9.1.29
No longer works properly in High Sierra (10.13 & 10.13.1). Often disables itself on startup, and will not allow Real-Time Protection to be enabled. I have used this software for many years, and it has never behaved this way.
Glidagida
Glidagida
Oct 31 2017
3.9.1.29
5.0
Oct 31 2017
5.0
Version: 3.9.1.29
I have used Avira for at least a year and endorse tvalleau's comments. Quite simply it is the best antivirus software i have used. Before I installed it I ran it against 3-4 competitors and it detected everything when others signed off on a clean system. Never had any performance issues while running under OS10.10
RogerKatz
RogerKatz
Jun 25 2017
3.5.2.61
0.0
Jun 25 2017
0.0
Version: 3.5.2.61
The current version is 3.8.2.35
Foulger
Foulger
Jun 8 2017
3.5.2.61
0.0
Jun 8 2017
0.0
Version: 3.5.2.61
Like ALL other antivirus apps, it will cause 10.13 beta1 to crash. I'm sure a fix will come quickly and will no doubt be related to APFS.
Weasel
Weasel
Mar 17 2017
3.5.2.61
4.0
Mar 17 2017
4.0
Version: 3.5.2.61
The newest v 3.5.2.61 needs OS 10.11 not 10.9 according to Avira's Website. The older version 3.4.3 works fine on OS 10.9.
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Feb 3 2017
3.5.2.61
4.0
Feb 3 2017
4.0
Version: 3.5.2.61
Avira is very easy to use. You can schedule a scan, set the scan type and see any quarantined files a scan finds. However, I found there is a significant difference in performance between a quick scan and a deep scan of my computer. The quick scan ran efficiently, took only a few minutes and did not affect system performance. The deep scan took two and-a-half hours and slowed down some other apps dramatically. Nevertheless, the deep scan found 40-odd bad files that the quick scan overlooked, though they were all in e-mail in the junk folder and were thus non-threatening. There is a button to select all the quarantined files and another to delete them, so the process was painless. You can inspect individual quarantined files if you are uncertain if you want to remove them. My conclusion is to schedule a quick scan daily and to do a deep scan manually, less often and only when I can walk away from the computer for a few hours. In the meantime, I deleted Sophos Home; while it is also free, it has become harder to use in recent versions and lacks the kind of control Avira offers. Sophos shows an alert when it finds a bad file, but there's nothing you can do about it. So you don't know if Sophos removed the file or not. Given how many files Avira found, apparently Sophos does nothing about the files it flags.
tjekov37
tjekov37
Nov 16 2016
3.4.3.52
3.0
Nov 16 2016
3.0
Version: 3.4.3.52
Did you know, how worked Avira Firewall ? Not have any settings ??? Did she worked simultaneosly with MAC OS Firewall?
Thinking-Differently
Thinking-Differently
Sep 15 2016
3.3.0.490
3.5
Sep 15 2016
3.5
Version: 3.3.0.490
Does it work well? Hard to tell.

In my testing it did claim to find lots of malware in emails. But the user interface is a bit of a pain in the behind. I like to at least know something about a file before I delete it. In this case, some minimal information would help, like is it in mail, or elsewhere. But, if you want to look at these supposed infected files, you have to click on them one at a time to see what they are, what they have and where they are.

This extra level is unnecessary and a pain, particularly if a lot of files are reported to be infected.

The user interface is minimal.

I’d be very willing to pay for some more “bells and whistles.” Their web site says that if you want to buy the “Pro” version for an extra $44.99, it isn’t remotely clear what you get for that $$$, except perhaps a lower balance in your bank account.

One and a half stars removed for the above shortcomings.
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
Aug 7 2016
3.3.0.490
0.0
Aug 7 2016
0.0
Version: 3.3.0.490
Avira scored in the top two apps for virus detection, but 15th (out of 19) for false positives in testing performed in March 2016. http://goo.gl/rvzQxa Kaspersky did well on both tests, but has a lousy rating here on MU. Testing was done by this site: http://goo.gl/naqw0F That site has a lot of useful test results, including spam detection. NOTE: Not all software tested is Mac software, so be mindful of that.
tvalleau
tvalleau
Jul 12 2016
3.3.0.490
5.0
Jul 12 2016
5.0
Version: 3.3.0.490
Just to counter the "crap" review... I've used this for about a year now. It never got locked in a loop for me, nor did it cause any problems. In fact, I tested this over 6 other AV solutions, and found Avira to have the best catch record, and have the lowest impact on system resources (particularly in regards to file copying & drive cloning.) After nearly 40 years with computers, it's my opinion that one-off horrible reviews are FAR more likely to be unique to that single person's computer. If a product is truly a disaster, there will be dozens or hundreds of reviews saying so... not just one. Of course, YMMV
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