Avast offers four different antivirus options for Mac users: Avast Premium Security, Avast One, Avast Free Antivirus, and Avast One Essential. For those looking for a simple virus scanner, we recommend Avast’s Free Antivirus, which is essentially the free version of Avast Premium Security. Avast One Essential, on the other hand, is the free version of Avast One and includes additional features such as ransomware protection, privacy protection, and the option to clean up your hard drive without prompting. It also includes a free VPN service with 5GB of data per week, though selecting a location in another country comes at an extra cost.
Avast Premium Security for Mac effectively safeguards your Mac from potential threats. This comprehensive suite includes features such as protection against browser script attacks, ransomware, and remote attacks. The suite offers multiple modules, including Virus Scans, Core Shields, Traffic Monitor, Network Inspector, Email Guardian, Ransomware Shield, and Quarantine, all conveniently accessible from the home screen.
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You can choose from various virus scan options such as Smart Scan, Deep Scan, Targeted Scan, or External Storage Scan. If any suspicious files are detected, you can easily isolate them or delete them. The Traffic Monitor displays your data usage and the destinations of your bandwidth. The Network Inspector checks the safety of your network and provides a list of connected devices. It also alerts you when a new device joins your network.
We conducted a trial of the Core Shields feature using a fabricated website that originated from an unexpected text message mentioning a failed delivery of a package. Avast’s Real Site function successfully blocked the site from loading and triggering any software.
The software was swiftly installed and performed effectively on macOS Sonoma. It can be frustrating to have to give the program complete access to the hard drive and permission to filter network content, but this is a typical requirement for antivirus software.
The primary source of dissatisfaction is the payment system based on subscriptions. However, this is becoming the norm in today’s market. Some exclusive features are only accessible with the Avast Ultimate subscription package.
If you want to save money or preview the options before making a purchase, you could consider using Avast’s two free Antivirus for Mac solutions. These solutions are still effective despite being free. In a June 2023 test by AV-Comparatives, Avast’s Free antivirus for Mac was one of the top performers, detecting 100% of Mac malware, 99% of potentially unwanted applications, and 100% of Windows viruses. Avast also received high marks in AV-Test’s June 2023 investigations, scoring perfectly in protection, performance, and usability.
During our use of the free version of Avast, we did not encounter any delays or hindered system performance. The primary hurdle we faced was the installation process. Since a virus scanner requires access to the file system in order to scan files, it must install background programs, which may require some extra steps on your end. It should be noted that this is not Avast’s fault.
Regarding the layout, we discovered that the three-column display of functions was quite disorganized and somewhat overwhelming. However, the most frustrating aspect was the excessive alerts about potential security vulnerabilities, as Avast One labeled our home wireless network as insecure and suggested using a VPN.
Reword: Avast Premium Security for Mac is available for download. You may also want to check out Avast One, Avast Free Antivirus, and Avast One Essential.
Please read our comprehensive review of Avast Free Antivirus and Avast One Essential for Mac.
Please refer to our comprehensive review of Avast Premium Security for more information.