Avira free download for Mac


15 May 2020

Free antivirus/anti-malware package.


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 Avira


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

Bug fixes:
  • Avira Status Menu was displayed as "$(PRODUCT_NAME)" in the activity monitor
  • If the UI was used in German it was not possible to insert a keyfile with CMD+L
  • In some rare cases a login to your personal account was not possbile

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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.

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How would you rate Avira app?

47 Reviews of Avira

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08 August 2019

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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.
04 February 2020
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?
22 November 2019
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
08 August 2019
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.
20 September 2018
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.
06 April 2018
While the app works fine it consumes 100% CPU almost all the time so I had to uninstall it.
21 March 2018
Avira not working for me with latest version of Mac OS (macOS 10.13.4 (17E190a)).
24 January 2018
Not compatible with OS 10.3.3. Freezes up. Had to uninstall.
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10 December 2017
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!
10 November 2017
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.
31 October 2017
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