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Protect your Mac with Avast! Free Antivirus

Apple users have been putting off getting security software your years. The Mac doesn't need security software, it never gets viruses or other malware. It says so in the adverts. Well, after the recent Trojan outbreaks, maybe Apple will have to change the adverts knocking Windows for all its various types of malware. It seems the Mac is no longer safe on the internet. Thankfully, there are some good anti virus tools available and Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac is one example.

Avast! has been around for years and is well known among PC users. It has free basic anti virus software and superior security products for those willing to pay a premium. Now there is a free Mac anti virus application to protect your Mac when you are using the internet. Don't be too surprised if a Pro version makes an appearance some time in the not too distant future.

Avast! Antivirus

Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac has several components and it adds an extension to Safari, Firefox and Chrome to protect you on the web. This checks websites you visit and clicking the button in Safari's toolbar displays a pop-up window showing the website's reputation. It looks exactly like the PC version and assuming it is the same (I've not visited any bad links yet), it'll stop you visiting bad websites before you even go there.

There is a Mail Shield and this checks your inciming email for malware. I regularly get Windows viruses attached to emails. They don't work of course, but you don't want to forward them to Windows users. Avast! dealt with them all.

There is a File System Shield too and this checks the files that you access and apps that you run. Like on Windows PCs, it works in the background in realtime and monitors disk activity. You can also perform manual scans and there are five predefined scans, such as full system scan, home folder scan and so on. There is also a custom scan where you can choose the drives or folders to check.

There is a menu bar icon that provides access to the most recent messages, statistics and the main program window. There is an uninstall option on the Avast! menu if you open the main window, so you can easily remove it if you feel you don't need it.

This Mac version of Avast! Antivirus doesn't go as far as the Windows version and there isn't a scheduled scan option to run automatically weekly or daily scans, for example, but it is sufficient for today's security needs.

If you don't have any security on your Mac, maybe it is about time you got some. Try Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac.

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