Avast Mac Security: General FAQ

Avast Mac Security FAQ - General

System Requirements

Download, Installation and Uninstallation

License and Registration

Features and Settings

Other questions

What are the system requirements for Avast Mac Security 2015?

The system requirements for Avast Pro Mac Security and Avast Free Mac Security, are the following:

  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), Apple Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion), Apple Mac OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion), Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks) or Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite).
  • Intel based Mac computer with 64-bit processor.
  • 512 MB RAM or above (1 GB RAM or higher preferred).
  • 256 MB minimum hard disk free space.
  • Internet connection (to download and register the product, for automatic updates of the program and virus database).
  • Optimally standard screen resolution not less than 1024 x 768 pixels.
Avast Mac Security 2015 will not run properly if you have any other antivirus software installed.

Where can I download Avast Mac Security 2015?

To download the latest version of Avast Pro Mac Security or Avast Free Mac Security use the following links:

How can I install Avast Mac Security 2015?

First downloading Avast Pro Mac Security or Avast Free Mac Security setup file on your computer running Mac OS X (10.6.8 or higher). Double-click the downloaded file avast...setup.dmg. In the new window double-click on the Avast setup option and follow the instructions on the displayed window - read AVAST End User License Agreement, click Agree, and then click Install to complete the installation then press Close. Now you can run Avast Mac Security 2015. For details to install Avast Mac Security 2015 please read the following articles:

How can I uninstall Avast Mac Security 2015?

Unlike many Mac applications, Avast Mac Security cannot be fully uninstalled by dragging the application to the Trash. To uninstall Avast Mac Security 2015 you must first open the program and use the built-in Uninstall option.

  1. Click the Avast Menu bar icon and select Open Avast.
  2. Click Avast in the Menu bar and select Uninstall Avast.
  3. Click Uninstall Avast to confirm the uninstallation.
For details please read the following article:

How do I insert the license file into Avast Pro Mac Security?

License for Avast Pro Mac Security can be purchased through Avast Resellers only.

After receiving a confirmation e-mail, save the attached file License.avastlic to a familiar location. After Avast Mac Security installation is complete, you can activate the license file.

  1. Click the Avast Menu bar icon select Open Avast.
  2. Select the Status tab and click Insert license file.
  3. Browse for the license file downloaded from the confirmation e-mail. Open the file and confirm the subscription information.

Avast Pro Mac Security is then activated for the remaining duration of the license.

For details please read the following article:

How do I connect Avast Mac Security 2015 to the Avast Account?

Once you have downloaded and installed Avast Free Mac Security, you can connect it to your Avast Account in the My Devices section.

  1. Click the Avast Menu bar icon and select Open Avast.
  2. Select the My Devices tab.
  3. You can sign in to an existing Avast Account, or register for a new one.

    To register for an Avast Account click Create account now (at the bottom). Enter Your e-mail address, create a Password and click Create account now.

What is the difference between Avast Pro Mac Security and Avast Free Mac Security?

Avast Pro Mac Security includes all the same features and components as Avast Free Mac Security. The only difference is that Avast Pro Mac Security is licensed for commercial use by business customers while Avast Free Mac Security is licensed only for personal and non-commercial use. Avast Pro Mac Security can be purchased through Avast Resellers only.

Avast Mac Security cannot be remotely managed over a network. If you want to include Avast Mac Security in your business network, each installation must be administrated as a standalone client.

How can I check which version of Avast Mac Security 2015 is installed?

For information about the installed version of Avast Mac Security 2015 click the Avast Menu bar icon and select Open Avast. Click Avast in the Menu bar and select About Avast Antivirus. A new window displays your Application version and Virus definition version on the right.

How can I exclude files from scans in Avast Mac Security 2015?

You can exclude certain files or directories from scanning by Avast Mac Security 2015 in the File System Shield preferences.

  1. Click the Avast Menu bar icon and select Open Avast.
  2. Click Avast in the Menu bar and select Preferences.... In the Avast Preferences screen click on the lock icon to allow changes (unlock it).
  3. Select the Shields section (if not already displayed) and scroll to File System Shield. Click Advanced....
  4. Click the + (add) button to add any file and/or directory to the Exclusions. To remove a file and/or directory from the Exclusions, select it in the list and click the - (remove) button.
  5. Click Done to save and apply changes.

What does the status message "Unable to scan" mean in scan results?

This is just an explanation of why a file could not be scanned (e.g. encrypted ZIP archive, system files in use, etc.). It does not mean that there is anything wrong with the file, just that it was not available for scanning. To see details, open a scan report. Right-click in the scan results window and select Non-scanned. The filenames and paths to files marked Unable to scan are displayed.

What should I do if I cannot send or receive any e-mail messages?

If you are unable to send or recieve e-mails after installing Avast Mac Security, you can try to disable IPv6 in Mail Shield preferences.

  1. Click the Avast Menu bar icon and select Open Avast.
  2. Click Avast in the Menu bar and select Preferences.... In the Avast Preferences screen click the lock icon to allow changes (unlock it).
  3. Select Shields and scroll down to Mail Shield. Click Advanced....
  4. Select the General tab and then untick the Enable IPv6 option.
  • Avast Pro Mac Security 2015
  • Avast Free Mac Security 2015
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite, Intel-based)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks, Intel-based)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion, Intel-based)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion, Intel-based)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard, Intel-based)

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