Avira Free Security for Mac is an excellent security software for Apple Macintosh devices

Martin Brinkmann
May 10, 2021
Updated • May 21, 2021
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Avira Free Security for Mac is a free antivirus, security and privacy solution for Apple Macintosh devices that protects Macs reliably from attacks.

Macs do need security software as devices running Mac OS X are targeted by malware, ransomware and other forms of malicious attacks just like their Windows counterparts. While Windows is the more desirable target, because of its larger userbase, attacks targeting Mac devices have increased in recent years.

Avira Free Security for Mac offers great protection against threats without slowing down the system or using too many resources. The software program is fully optimized for Mac OS X and built on native Mac technology. Browser extensions complement the program's protections on Mac devices.

Home screen

Avira Free Security for Mac downloads the latest malware signatures and program updates when the installer is launched; this ensures that it is up to date and capable of protecting the device against the latest threats right from the get-go.

Tests by independent antivirus test organizations confirm that Avira Free Security for Mac offers excellent protection. AV Test gave the software 18 out of 18 points in the three categories protection, performance, and usability in its latest test.

The interface sports a clean look, with options listed in a sidebar for quick access. The main area displays the security status of the system and an option to run a smart scan right from there. Smart Scan checks high profile areas, like the downloads folder, on the device for malware and issues.

Scan screen

Full scans can be run with a click on the "Virus Scans" entry in the sidebar. These take longer as Avira Free Security for Mac is checking every nook and cranny of the system, but they are more thorough and it is a good idea to run full virus scans regularly on a schedule. One scan per week is scheduled automatically, with options to add more quick or full scans to the schedule and run them on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis using the latest virus definitions thanks to the application's real-time updating functionality.

Files that are unknown are analyzed by cloud technology to determine whether they are not malicious in nature. Results based on these scans benefit all users of the application.

Avira's scans on Mac offer excellent performance when compared to other security products for Macintosh devices.

Detected files are put into quarantine so that they cannot harm the system. Quarantine management allows users to review these files.

Avira's Brower Safety Tool is a browser extension that complements the security solution for Mac. It protects against phishing attacks and malicious sites automatically when it is installed, and will also block annoying banners on websites.

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Avira Free Security for Mac includes privacy and performance tools next to the protections that it provides. Users may use the VPN service to protect their IP address while on the Internet, and the tracker remover to remove bits of tracking code from websites on the device. There is also a secure password manager for users who want to make their passwords more secure, and a junk file remover that removes file duplicates to free up space.

Users may subscribe to Avira Prime for even more features and premium support.

Closing Words

Avira Free Security for Mac is an excellent security software for Apple Macintosh devices. It offers best of class protection against virus and malware threats, and includes options that you don't find in other free and even paid programs for the operating system.

If you are looking for Avira Free Security for Windows, instead, read our Windows review here.


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  1. Ben Marsh said on August 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for your article! I have been using Avira antivirus for more than one year and am very satisfied with its work. So I completely agree with everything that has been said. Unfortunately, when I was looking for software to protect my business, I found that I would have to create such software. So find the company that took up my order there. There are many different representatives of engineering solutions for business, so I think it will be useful for many.

  2. g-cracks said on May 14, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Antivirus for MacOS… Spiring down… by day…

  3. William James said on May 12, 2021 at 6:57 am

    So now you’re running infomercials? A new step downward for this website. Well at least you admitted it up top, I suppose that’s something…

    BTW most Mac users don’t use any antivirus and most don’t get infected. And the reason for the lower infection rate on Macs (despite what this “article” says) isn’t only because Macs are a smaller target; they’re also more inherently locked-down than other operating systems, and therefore technically resistant to infection. At least somewhat.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on May 14, 2021 at 11:02 am

      Nothing new here, they’be doing this for quite a while and these articles are always marked clearly as ads. I don’t mind gHacks making some extra dosh as long as it doesn’t disturb the readership.

      Surprised by your statement re: macOS and antiviruses (bit of an urban myth really); although generally more secure and locked-down than Windows, macOS absolutely still needs that extra layer of protection. XProtect is nowhere near enough to deal with all the latest viruses around…

  4. Klaas Vaak said on May 11, 2021 at 7:45 am

    The Avira app is also in the Mac App Store.

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