AVG
AVG
19.8.4793

3.6

AVG free download for Mac

AVG

19.8.4793
22 October 2019

Free antivirus suite.

Overview

AVG for Mac is a free, basic antivirus package offering moderate protection against phishing. AVG antivirus works in real-time to protect your Mac from malicious threats including malware, phishing, and viruses.

Scanning tools inspect files and programs and ensure their safety before being downloaded, opened, run, modified, or saved.

AVG has recently released a paid version, AVG Internet Security for Mac, offering additional security features.

Since AVG was acquired by Avast, the product lines have been converged with many components appearing in both security suites.

Download AVG Antivirus for Mac and get:

  • Full protection: Scans for Android, Mac, and PC viruses and spyware.
  • Automatic scanning: All files opened, copied, or saved, are automatically scanned with AVG.
  • Online safety: Malicious websites are blocked and emails, including attachments, are scanned and quarantined, if necessary, using AVG cleaner technology.

Additional Features

  • Automatic updates: The latest virus updates are automatically installed, ensuring that you’re protected against the latest malicious threats.
  • Performance scans: Identifies potential performance issues.

Awards and Recognition

  • AV-TEST: AVG for Mac detects 100% of the latest malware with a minimal performance impact.
  • AV-Comparatives: Approved for Mac security.

Version Features

AVG comes in two packages, a free download, and a paid, multi-device version with a 30-day, money-back guarantee.

AVG Antivirus for Mac

  • Antiphishing
  • Antispyware
  • Antivirus
  • Online protection
  • Email protection
  • Automatic updates
  • Performance scans

AVG Internet Security

Everything in AVG Antivirus PLUS:

  • Enhanced computer protection against ransomware, rootkits, spyware, and Trojans
  • Advanced artificial intelligence to proactively identify malware based on behavior
  • Enhanced firewall for protecting your personal information and thwarting hackers
  • Webcam protection and a file shredder to prevent unauthorized recovery
  • Payments protection to protect credit card numbers and payments information
  • Scans external devices and media

FAQ

Is AVG a good antivirus for Mac?

AVG is a basic antivirus package offering moderate protection against phishing.

Is AVG free for Mac?

AVG is free. AVG’s complementary products, AVG TuneUp and AVG Secure VPN, are available on an annual subscription basis and also a 30-day free trial.

Is the paid version of AVG worth it?

Yes. AVG Internet Security offers additional security features and can be installed on an unlimited number of computers.

Is AVG better than McAfee?

While both products offer excellent malware protection and a low impact on performance, most independent analysts rate McAfee higher due to its additional security features and tools.

How do I install AVG on Mac?

Download the avg_mac_security_online.dmg setup file. Find the file in your downloads folder and double-click on it. When the dialog box appears, double-click on Install AVG Antivirus and follow the prompts.

How do I uninstall AVG on Mac?

Find the AVG AntiVirus icon in the Mac menu bar and select Open AVG AntiVirus. Click on Uninstall AVG Antivirus. When the confirmation box appears, click on Uninstall and follow the prompts.

What's new in AVG

Version 19.8.4793:
  • Added privacy features and improved detection capabilities
  • New file reputation features for cloud-based heuristics and behavioral detection
  • Enhanced protection for mobile phones
  • Minor bugs and other issues

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10 AVG Reviews

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Mcr
22 January 2015

Most helpful

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.
Like (9)
Version 14.0.4172
Mikael-B
14 August 2019
As AVG doesn't respect privacy and analyses your traffic and sells this to advertisers (This in the terms) as well as inserts, let's call them "alternative", links to malware sites instead of the link you wanted ( I kid you not. This just happened) I'm out. I'm uninstalling AVG everywhere on all family member's machines!

AVG, and Avast as well, do this by faking https on your machine. They ARE COMPROMISING SSL! You can check this yourself in your browser.

AVG is now of the very type of malware that they claim to protect you from. I feel more protected now with it uninstalled.

Ready to try ClamXav again. I rather pay a reasonable fee every single year than get screwed by Avast/AVG! Get outta my life, AVG/Avast!
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Version 18.3
Eveningclouds
02 May 2017
Very aggressive in its approach. After installation could not find it in the active app menu so had to go to ACtivity Monitor. Tried to force quit it there but it would only reinstall itself. A safety feature, maybe? Only way to stop it was to uninstall it completely.
Like (1)
Version 17.1
Johnny-Rocket
07 March 2016
installed it and nothing launched. Opened the app from /Applications and nothing launched. Tried again and nothing launched. Rebooted and it autolaunched but the real time protection got an error. Tried to update and it wouldn't update. Tried to start real time protection and it wouldn't do anything. Uninstalled it and installed ClamXav.
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Version 2015.0.4741
LionessSue
23 November 2015
Not sure if I need it? Seems fine.
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Version 2015.0.4741
CDavid
30 July 2015
I've heard a lot of good AVG reviews from Windows users and I've even tested it for a while on my HP laptop. I should probably try it on my Mac.
Like (2)
Version 2015.0.4741
2 answer(s)
NanKi
NanKi
10 August 2015
I use it on my MacBook and it hasn't found any viruses yet.
Like (2)
sjosen-1
sjosen-1
18 August 2015
So you give it 5 stars in a review without trying it?
Like (9)
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.
Like (9)
Version 14.0.4172
3 answer(s)
Oak
Oak
30 January 2015
Thanks for the info and for taking the time to post it!
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Mondele
Mondele
27 October 2016
Mcr, yes, thanks for the post. The writer of the site (Jay) does have a blog on Intego's site, so if that dissuades people from trusting him, that's their choice. I have found his writing to be balanced, and he seems more interested in security than in promoting a product (at least on the securityspread page).
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tvriedel
tvriedel
05 June 2018
Site (http://securityspread.com/detection-rate-results/) hasn't been updated since July 2014. It may have been helpful 4-years ago, but not any longer.
Like (1)
tjekov37
26 May 2014
This App does not show signs that it is working !!!!!
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Version 14.0.4172
3 answer(s)
Hal2007
Hal2007
26 May 2014
Well, it shows a menu icon in which you can chose to update. This causes the app to react. Additionally, you can throw the EICAR test virus at it. That causes a reaction, too. I'd say the app is there, though quietly, it can definetly react to some actions.
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tjekov37
tjekov37
14 August 2014
Hal2007.... App not have web-shield, and option to exclude file or folder for scan ! Not scan local e-mail program too. Try "ESET Cyber Security 6.0.13.0" and replay me . OK ? :-) Yes ESET app is not free, but have and other free AV-App with web-shields like Sophos ...and yes, try this too.... http://www.forticlient.com/ :-)
Like (1)
DavyB
DavyB
08 September 2014
1. what then id "real time protection"
2. it auto updates - I currently have 14.0.4725 updated 7 Sep
3. if you want to uninstall there is an entry for this in the file menu

sadly Mac Update Desktop v6.02 (3199) detects v14 as version 1 !!!!
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tjekov37
30 March 2014
Where info for threat update ? Like this....... http://www.eset.com/us/threat-center/threatsense-updates/page/1/?q=osx
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Version 14.0.4172
flintstone200
27 March 2014
I was really disappointed in this implementation. It is a very good product on the PC side but not for the Mac. My largest complaint is that it installed itself on my Mac like some kind of virus. It bypassed the System Preferences User & Groups Login Items and automatically initialize on startup. I couldn't find any method to stop this from occurring. When I finally decided to uninstall it, the program would crash and leave AVG still installed. I finally had to delete the program by brute force methods. Sad because I had higher expectations based on the PC product.
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Version 14.0.4172
1 answer(s)
Penguirl
Penguirl
08 March 2015
I could be wrong but isn’t that pretty much standard for AVs? If it’s not running it’s not protecting you. Little Snitch does the same thing.
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tjekov37
24 March 2014
This version is old. And not have info for update and virus definition. Nobody know when is up to date ...daily , monthly ! ?
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Version 14.0.4172
Free

3.6

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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