The Free Pill Against Viruses

Ethan Shport on Dec 03 Antivirus 4 min read

Can free antivirus software be as effective as paid one?

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There’s no surprise for every Mac-owner that Apple's Mac OS X is already designed secure, thanks to its internal protection configurations. On the other hand, it doesn’t mean that Mac systems are completely and ultimately unbreakable. This is also highlighted by reports of initial ransomware attacks on Mac users. That is why those seeking to enhance their system to the highest level of protection should take a closer look at the security packages available.

The basics

Avira Free Antivirus for Mac packs award-winning malware detection into a smart application that almost never needs your attention. Just install it and continue to enjoy your Mac, free of viruses and free of antivirus hassles too.

Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German multinational and family-owned company that provides IT-security (antivirus software, Internet Security, Privacy, Identity and Performance tools) for computers, smartphones, servers and networks — delivered as both software and cloud-based services.

“Security as elegant as your Mac and just as simple.”Avira

Avira’s headquarters are located near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany. The company has additional European offices in Munich, Germany and Bucharest, Romania. Avira also has sales and marketing offices in Beijing, China and in Burlingame, California, USA Silicon Valley.

With an estimated 9.6% of global market share according to OPSWAT, and over 100 million customers, Avira was considered the sixth largest antivirus vendor in 2012.

Avira: free shield for your Mac

Avira protects Macs using traditional signature-based malware scanning combined with behavioral monitoring that looks for telltale signs of malicious files.

And what’s important for many users, Avira delivers first-rate protection for free. Not only does it protect you from all Mac related threats, it also prevents you from passing on PC viruses as well.

Like other antivirus products, Avira benefits from its constantly updated database that receives information from the 100 million users of the company's Windows, Android and Mac software. It uses this database to detect and quarantine PC malware on Macs, to prevent it from spreading.

An awesome tweak: Set it and forget it

In addition to performing scans of your computer and its connections in the background throughout use, Avira also allows for both on-demand and scheduled scans.

For your security and convenience, you can now automatically schedule your security scans. Avira will run silently in the background with no effort on your part.

Performance: going by numbers

Avira’s malware-scanning engine doesn't get its job of keeping a Mac infection-free 100 percent done, according to latest surveys. Avira stopped only 93.33 percent of Mac OS X malware in German independent lab AV-TEST's most recent evaluations, conducted in June 2016. That score is below the marks earned by some other players and below Avira’s last year performance results. 

Nevertheless, to be fair, Avira is constantly improving its performance, so if such a survey take part today, august 26, when I’m writing this review, the results might be much different.

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