Avast Security for Mac
Your Mac is not immune to threats — yet.
Our free Mac antivirus protects on 3 fronts.
Complete Malware Detection
Full Mac Scan
Removable Drive Scan
Real-Time Security Updates
Browse and email all day. You’re protected
Even trusted websites can get hacked, and criminals can easily spoof emails from your friends or bank. Avast Security alerts you to unsafe websites, blocks unsafe downloads, stops dangerous email attachments, and prevents intrusive web tracking.
Expose the weakest link in your Wi-Fi network
An unsecured Wi-Fi network is an open door to threats. Avast Security scans your entire network and all connected devices for vulnerabilities to help you stop hackers from stealing your personal data.
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Avast Premium Security instantly alerts you when someone joins your Wi-Fi network. This helps you keep hackers out, and stops neighbors from bringing your network to a crawl with their unwelcome video streaming.
Avast Premium Security walls off your photos and files from ransomware attacks to ensure that your most personal memories cannot be encrypted — or changed in any way — without your permission.
Avast Premium Security
|Block viruses and other malware Detect viruses, ransomware, and other threats in real-time.||
|Get browser security alerts Be warned of unsafe sites and block intrusive web trackers with the Avast Online Security extension.||
|Stop ransomware Protect personal photos and files from unwanted changes and restrictions.||
|Shop and bank more safely Avoid fake sites for safer shopping and banking.||
|Get Wi-Fi network security alerts Be instantly alerted to network security weaknesses and intruders.||
|Stop phishing attempts Automatically avoid even the newest phishing scams and fake websites.||
Why do Macs need antivirus software?
As we see more and more computer viruses targeting Macs, it’s increasingly critical to protect your device with Mac antivirus software.
What makes Avast the best free antivirus for Mac?
How do I check my Mac for viruses?
Why is Avast so safe for Macs?
And for an even more powerful feature set, get Avast Ultimate, which bundles our best privacy, security, and performance products together, so you can cover all your digital needs with just a single app. As always, installing preventative protection is the sensible option, rather than finding out how to remove spyware from your Mac once it’s already been infected.
Does Mac have built-in antivirus protection?
XProtect Apple's basic malware detection is built directly into its Mac OS X operating system. XProtect defends Macs against various types of malware, by scanning downloaded files for signs of infection, but it needs to be regularly updated to recognize new or emerging threats — and it won’t help you if you unwittingly land on an infected or unsafe website.
Digitally signed apps A digital certificate is always seen as proof of a file’s security and a surefire sign that the file contains no malicious code, but cybercriminals can still plant malicious code at the file completion stage, exploit security gaps to sign their malicious files with valid digital certificates, and more.
App Store and Sandbox app security While sandboxing adds another layer of security for Macs, not even the App Store nor sandboxed apps are 100% safe, as highlighted by the attack on the Chinese version of the App Store by the XCodeGhost Virus. Malware authors have frequently found and exploited weaknesses, such as using obscure file formats or large file sizes that the sandbox can’t process, leaving Mac users at risk of infection.
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