Free Avast! Antivirus for Mac now available for download

Avast! has released a new major version of “avast! Free Antivirus for Mac“. This new version has been almost totally reworked compared with previous solution for the Mac OS and it comes in a brand new GUI and is available as a public beta.

This version comes with three shields viz Web Shield, Mail Shield, File Shield and an on-demand scan.

Features includes:
On-demand scanning: It’s possible to scan the whole file system, network volumes or a mounted removable volume. You can also run a custom scan. Scan reports are automatically archived and are accessible from the GUI at anytime.

On-screen alerts: Alert messages are displayed on-screen whenever a threat is detected.

File Shield: The File Shield scans the binaries of started applications and all files at the time they are modified.

Web Shield: The Web Shield monitors and filters all HTTP traffic coming from web sites on the Internet. Connections from your web browser are redirected to the Web Shield module. The Web Shield in turn connects to the requested web server and while downloading the content, it simultaneously scans it for viruses and Trojans. Only clean data is delivered to the browser, all malware is stopped before it gets saved on your Mac.

Mail Shield: The Mail Shield monitors and filters all POP3 and IMAP traffic coming from mail servers on the internet. It does not prevent saving of infected files (doing so could lead to irreversible data loss), it just detects them. The File Shield prevents any infected attachments from causing harm to your system.

Automatic updates: The scanning engine is automatically updated with our regular VPS database updates.

Known Issues with this beta release:
– Sometimes Apple’s default icon is shown in the Dock and Finder instead of the avast! icon.
– Some items in the menus and some buttons in the GUI are greyed out / disabled as their functionality is not yet fully implemented.

avast! Antivirus for Mac


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