Free Antivirus for Mac: Avast

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Avast is a free antivirus software for Mac OS X. Avast is a very popular antivirus on Windows platform and has made it’s name. Now Avast antivirus is available for the Mac operating system.

Most us might not even heard of virus or malware on Mac and we think that it’s a Windows only phenomenon. But these days things are changing.  There are some nasty malware on this platform too that can cause great damage to your system. Yes, the chances of you getting a malware are less on Mac as compared to Windows, but its better to be safe than sorry. So you might want to have an antivirus installed on your Mac as well.

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 When Avast for Mac is opened up it shows us a summary status as shown in the screenshot below.

avast for mac screenshot

This version of Avast antivirus offers the same type of security as it does for a Windows PC. Avast offers security on two levels: it has a scanner that is able to scan disk for files that can be harmful for your Mac. And it also has a second component that manages the security on the Internet and monitors web browsers for suspicious activities.

This free antivirus for Mac is very fast and easy to use, it does not hog up the memory or slow down the computer while scanning the drives etc. I personally did not find any hang ups while running the scanner.

avast for mac scanning disk

The interface of the application is little different from the Windows version and looks much prettier than the other one. The applications looks are more toned down on Mac. This makes the application looks more classy and subtle.

Feature of Avast for Mac:

  • Scan the hard drive for malware with on demand scanner. The when you click on start new scan Avast will open up a page as shown in the screenshot below, where the application will list all the places and files that can be scanned for malware.

 avast for machow to use

  • The WebRep plugin integrates with the browsers and shows a community feedback about the websites’ reliability. This shows up as an icon in the browser showing how good a site is. The WebRep feature works with most of the common browsers, it worked on my Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
  • All the files that you open (including compressed files) or execute are scanned in real-time, so that Avast can stop an infection before it happens. This is a really good feature and keeps the system clean.
  • Avast for Mac scans all your emails for viruses and malwares, it also has the ability to detect virus that come from Windows PC’s. This only works for the official inbuilt email client on Mac; Avast does not support other popular clients right now. A Windows virus will not harm your Mac, but if it gets to your Windows PC it will cause problems. Therefore it is a good thing that this version of the antivirus scans for Windows malware, even when it does not need to do so.
  • This application promises to shield your Mac from the web spawned threats. As Mac’s are getting more popular these days they are becoming targets for hacker. So install Avast for Mac and relax.
  •  When you open up the shields it shows a graphical statistics of what Avast was doing as shown in the screenshot below. Avast shows statistics for File System, Mail, and Web. I did not find any particular use of this feature, it looks more like a gimmick.

avast for mac shield statistics

Verdict:

Firstly I did not find any malware on my Mac, suck it Windows. While the application was running I did not experience any lags or hang ups caused by the Avast. Anyway this is a free application that provides great amount of feature and functionality. These days as Mac is getting more and more popular, it seems that people have started targeting them. Yes, it not as bad as Windows and Mac has a better architecture and will not get as bad as Windows like ever.

But I would recommend that install and keep this software running just as a precautionary tool, if it does not affect for Mac’s performance. To download the file click here and install this as any other Mac application.

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Works With: Mac OS X 10.5 and above
Free/Paid: Free