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Avast Mac Security is an extraordinarily safe and effective antivirus program as it will protect your desktop from all forms of online threats such as ransomware, viruses, and other malware. Besides protecting your Mac from ransomware, it preserves your privacy online and keeps your devices secure and functioning like new.
On macOS, Avast Premium Security adds ransomware protection and real-time notification when new devices connect to your network. This free antivirus program is compatible with most macOS devices; Avast supports 10.11 back macOS versions (El Capitan). If your Mac cannot run El Capitan, consider ProtectWorks AntiVirus, which is supported in version 10.6 and later on (Snow Leopard).
Does Mac need antivirus?
For decades, Macs have had a stellar security reputation. One reason is that Apple computers are designed with robust security measures and few exploitable flaws. Another reason is that the majority of the world's population possesses Windows computers so black-hat hackers have focused on exploiting their vulnerabilities. However, the same hackers are beginning to exploit Apple’s security protocols.
This free Mac antivirus contains features such as spyware and ranching prevention, it is light, strong, and built to guard in real-time from continually evolving threats. All these capabilities and other functionalities, including Wi-Fi Inspectors, are provided by Avast Free Antivirus for Mac and help safeguard your privacy and sensitive information on the internet.
In previous versions of Avast Security, phishing prevention was split between a browser-independent network-level filter and a Chrome-specific browser extension. Avast Security for Mac does not have that capability but Avast works just fine without it. It's worth noting that without the browser extension, you won't be able to see a website’s safety rating or block trackers.
Does Avast scan for malware?
Avast Security offers several types of scans to improve your Mac’s security. It may not be as fast as the Webroot (which completes a full scan in 2 minutes and 30 seconds), but it will take an average of 16 to 30 minutes to complete. This would have already been a deep scan, ensuring that all corners of your device have been scanned for suspicious activity and viruses.
Avast Security cannot automatically scan removable volumes as they emerge. This will require a separate, manual scan. Known as a custom scan, this lets you schedule scans and configure certain details. This includes Time Machine backups, run scans on battery power, wake up Mac for a scheduled scan, etc.
The Wi-Fi Inspector may be launched from the main window. There is no malware detection in this scan. Rather, it gathers data on multiple devices on your network and alerts you to any security issues. The report also acts as a list of everything linked to your network, with names and types assigned to each.
Guarantee your Mac’s security
Add an extra layer of defense to your Mac with Avast Security as fraudsters manufacture additional malware. Avoid malware, malicious websites, and vulnerable Wi-Fi networks, and then beef up your security to defend yourself against ransomware and Wi-Fi freeloaders.