According to PCWorld’s Avast Offers Free Security for Mac OS X article, Avast is now offering free antivirus for Mac users. Me personally (obviously using incorrect grammar here for fun) would not need Avast since I had Norton Internet Security installed on my MacBook Pro, but I was curious about free Avast antivirus for Mac and so I had downloaded and installed it onto my MacBook Pro anyway. Usually, it is not a good idea to run two security solutions together, whether that be antivirus solutions or not (and definitely you cannot run two firewall solutions on the same machine as firewall rules will conflict each other), but sometimes some antivirus (and other security solutions) do play nice with each other. I think free Avast antivirus for Mac might be the one, because I haven’t seen Avast has yet threw a tantrum against Norton Internet Security. I once had installed another security solution on Mac which now I forgot what it was, but I still remembered it had stopped Norton Internet Security’s Automatic Protection Virus Protection from working.
Anyhow, installing free Avast antivirus for Mac is easy enough. Just like installing any other application onto Mac, you just have to double click on the download file of free Avast antivirus for Mac so the package can be extracted, drag the free Avast antivirus application within the extracted package to the application folder, and that’s it for installing free Avast antivirus for Mac. After installing it, I went ahead and registered an account with Avast so my free Avast antivirus for Mac would not show up as expiring in 30 days if I clicked on Registration link under Maintenance portion within free Avast antivirus for Mac’s left panel. Afterward, I went to free Avast antivirus for Mac’s Preferences to further configure free Avast antivirus for Mac to my liking. Finally, I used free Avast antivirus for Mac to scan my whole Mac.
For now, I can’t really comment how good free Avast antivirus for Mac is, because I’m still playing with it. Plus, I’m not sure how long free Avast antivirus for Mac would play nice with Norton Internet Security’s antivirus. Nonetheless, I’ll play with free Avast antivirus for Mac for some time to come. When I do have enough experience with free Avast antivirus for Mac, I intend to make a short video to review this particular antivirus solution for Mac.
My two cents to you is that if you are worrying about how hackers have increased their attacks against Mac ecosystem (i.e., writing malware and trojan horses for Mac OS X), then you should give free Avast antivirus for Mac solution a try. Of course, if you’re going to be like me, installing two antivirus solutions on a Mac, then you’ll never know something strange might occur. I suggest you not to go ahead and install two antivirus solutions on a single machine (e.g., Mac, PC), because it’s a recipe for resource hogging (i.e., your system might slow down tremendously since both antivirus or security solutions are fighting for the same resources).
- Avast Free Antivirus 7 Adds Cloud Updates, File Reputation and Remote Assistance (pcworld.com)
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- avast! Internet Security 7 (pcmag.com)
- Flashback Trojan Creators Scared of Xcode, But Not Norton Antivirus (waxy.org)
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- Avast 5 gets a new look, finally (download.cnet.com)
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- Avast boards Android to protect your booty (download.cnet.com)
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- Apple Rolls Out New Update Patch, Combating Mac Flashback Trojan’s Java Exploit (essayboard.com)