Avira Free Antivirus for Mac 15.1.1609 Download
Avira Free Antivirus for Mac 15.1.1609 offers a clean and simple to operate user interface, coupled with a powerful heuristics engine. The app is great for novice users who will enjoy the simple design, and power users who will be able to tweak the settings to have fine tuned control.
Avira Free Antivirus is more than a virus scanner.
What’s New In
- real-time anti-malware protection, access to advanced privacy/anonymity and optimization tools.
- Avira Free Antivirus is lightweight and powerful, delivering swift and smooth system scans at the push of a button.
- Advanced Real-Time Protection that shields you in real-time against tens of millions of current and emerging malware threats daily, blocking potentially unwanted applications (PUA), viruses, worms, Trojans, ransomware, spyware, adware, and rootkits. Anti-Adware/Anti-Spyware blocks unwanted Adware programs and online snoops, such as ISPs and other networks that try to collect your data.
Key features include
- Real-Time Scanner: Analyses any file the system accesses.
- System Scanner: Configurable, on-demand search for known viruses and malware.
- Integrated Scheduler: Automate recurring tasks like updates or scans.
- Quarantine Management: Manage suspicious files that have been quarantined for your safety.
The app lets you launch a scan of your entire MAC OS or common malware attack points, or even a specific file or folder. Avira Free Antivirus for Mac has a built-in scheduler that runs periodic scans and keeps the app up to date. The real-time protection feature can scan all files upon access to ensure that no malware sneaks onto your system between your scheduled scans.
Overall, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac is a great free security product for the Mac platform. It has a simple user interface with a clean and fresh looking design. The app has a real time scanner, scheduler and a quarantine facility to hold suspicious files for your perusal.
Avira protects Macs using traditional signature-based malware scanning, as well as behavioral monitoring that scans for patterns commonly seen in dangerous and unwanted files.
Like most other antivirus products, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac constantly updates its malware-signature database, which receives information from the 100 million users of the company’s Windows, Android and Mac software. Avira stops PC malware on Macs from spreading across external drives and networks.
In addition to routine background scans, Avira offers both on-demand and scheduled scans, and scans unopened archive files such as ZIPs.
Austria’s AV-Comparatives evaluation lab tested Avira’s malware-detection skills and found it offered high, but not perfect, protection.
In AV Comparatives’ July 2017 studies, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac detected 99.1 percent of malware, which translates to catching 681 pieces of malware and failing to detect six. In comparison, Avast Free Mac Security and AVG AntiVirus for Mac caught 99.9 percent of malware (686 out of 687).
Among paid options, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac and Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac, detected 100 percent of both Mac and Windows malware.
Security and Privacy Features
As is often the case with free antivirus solutions, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac is light on extras. Although it comes with a firewall (disabled by default), macOS has its own already. A USB scanner tool can be added on by upgrading to Avira Pro.
While Avira does offer its SafeSearch Plus tool (free) to help you stay away from infected sites, it doesn’t install the browser plugin during installation.Avira Free Antivirus for Mac’s full scans completed in an average of 30 minutes and 13 seconds, which falls in the middle of the times we recorded. By contrast, the longest time we saw was 72:45 (Kaspersky), while the shortest was 1:25 ( Bitdefender). The average for all eight Mac antivirus products tested was 36:30.
Performance and System Impact
Avira Free Antivirus for Mac had a mixed impact on system performance. We assessed the performance hit with our custom OpenOffice benchmark test, which matches 20,000 names and 20,000 addresses on a spreadsheet and measures how long it takes to finish the task. Our test machine was a Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display, with a 2.6-GHz Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM and 70GB of data stored on a 512GB SSD.
After we installed Avira Free Antivirus for Mac on our MacBook, the OpenOffice test finished in an average of 2 minutes and 24 seconds, 1.5 seconds longer than the same system took before installation. That’s a passive system hit of 1.1 percent, on the lower end of the range we found among the eight products we reviewed.
During a full-system scan, the OpenOffice test finished in 2 minutes and 41 seconds, signifying a performance dip of 18.25 percent, the highest we saw. AVG’s 12.1 percent was the second highest we recorded, and Kaspersky’s 4.5 percent the lowest.
During Avira’s quick scans, the OpenOffice test finished in 2 minutes and 37 seconds, which indicates a system slowdown of 10 percent. That’s on the high end.
Avira Free Antivirus for Mac offers the same clean, modern look you see in many third-party Mac apps. Its main window presents a system status (Protected, typically) along with buttons for starting scans, scheduling scans, your quarantine, system activity and your license (more on that later).
Clicking New Scan gives you the option for a Quick scan or a full system scan, as well as a button to start the scan. While we prefer one-click scans, this arrangement is pretty decent and consolidates the screens into a pop-up menu.
The scheduled-scan page brings a drop-down sheet where you can name the days and times scans should run as well as their type (full, quick) and frequency (weekly, daily).
The Quarantine button brings you to a view of any files Avira has flagged as dangerous and set aside, while the Activity button shows you a list of your most recent scans. Clicking License lets you enter the Activation Code that an Avira Pro or Avira Prime membership comes with.
Clicking the option-toggles icon in the menu bar brings you to the Real-Time Protection screen, which allows you to disable file protection (don’t do it) and enable Avira’s Firewall. The profile icon brings you to what I’d call the About screen. Here you can see version info and click links to the Avira Community support page, product videos and other meta-level web pages.
Clean interface: Avira Free Antivirus for Mac’s minimalist dashboard presents a handful of controls for scanning your hard drive. You can initiate a new scan, schedule scans, view suspicious files, discover other Avira products, and customize security settings. The app also uses OS X’s Notification Center to keep you informed of Avira activity.
Setting controls: Avira lets you decide when to delete performance-draining system activity logs. It also lets you set which files to scan, how aggressively to hunt down possible viruses, and the level of threat to identify — from annoying to malicious.
Free: The Mac version of Avira’s antivirus software is free. Avira’s other security apps for Windows and mobile devices come in free versions and paid editions with a fuller slate of features.
Snappy: Past reviews dinged the app for lengthy download times and sluggish performance, but the latest version downloaded quickly and scanned and automatically updated its antivirus definitions imperceptibly.
At times too minimal: The icons along the left of the dashboard could do a better job of representing the capabilities contained on the tabs, and information on the tabs could be more descriptive. For example, the Real-Time Protection tab lets you toggle file protection on and off but offers no explanation of how the choices impact your Mac’s security.
Installation and Support
After you click Download, the superlight disk image file containing Avira Free Antivirus’ installer will download. After opening that, the rest of the files are downloaded. In total, it took less than 3 minutes to complete the process.
Avira’s customer support is limited to its paid customers, so you’ll need Avira Pro or Avira Prime for that. In lieu of that, you can search Avira’s FAQ documents and community message boards.
Avira Free Antivirus for Mac is a worthy component of the company’s respected antivirus software line, and according to independent testing lab AV-Test, the Mac version of Avira is a top security package. While Mac users can argue about whether Macs need malware protection, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac, with its austere interface and indiscernible hit on performance, is a low-risk guard against malware for OS X.
Avira Free Antivirus For Mac continues to be a good option for protecting your Mac from malware; unfortunately, that’s not enough. Sure, we like its easy-to-use interface, but its malware protection scores aren’t as good as what AVG Antivirus for Mac and Avast Free Mac Security offer. Avast also causes less system impact than Avira, which makes it our top free choice.