Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac outperformed competitor products in the independent tests!

Julia Szymańska, 5 September 2014

Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac outperformed competitor products in the independent tests!

Compared to Windows users, Mac users have been relatively unaffected by malware attacks. Cybercrooks, however, are just as aware as antivirus vendors are about Mac vulnerabilities. With the growing number of Mac users, cybercrooks see more potential for malicious activities, especially as Mac users tend to have a false sense of security and not usesecurity software. You only have to read this blog to learn that cybercrooks are adapting Windows malware to target their Mac counterparts.

We should never underestimate Mac security. Don't have any security software? Try Avast! Antivirus: free protection against the latest malware designed to attack Mac operating systems. As all other Avast security products, the Mac version participates in frequent, independent tests. Recently avast! Free Antivirus for Mac was not only certified by AV-TEST but it also received 100% in the latest Mac Security Test & Review conducted by AV-Comparatives in July-August.

We are proud to share the results with you!


More about AVAST’s performance in both tests.

is a leading worldwide operating service provider for IT security testing services. The latest test was focused on Mac OS X security products and took place in July and August 2014. Eighteen AV products participated, and the tested platform was MacOSX 10.9.4. The results can be found here.

The new version 9 of avast! Free Antivirus for Mac has easily outperformed competitor products. The security software offered high malware detection rates, does not decrease Mac performance and did not cause false positives in our tests. ~ Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-TEST

Below is a short summary of AVAST’s performance!

Q: Which product was tested?

A: avast! Free Antivirus for Mac

Q: Which version was tested?

A: '9.0 (41877)

Q: How did avast perform in the detection on-demand test?

A: avast! Free Antivirus for Mac received a scored of nearly 97.5%

Q: How did avast perform in the on-access detection test?

A: avast! Free Antivirus for Mac scored 100%

Q: How many false positives were recorded in the on-demand and on-access tests?

A: None; avast didn't make any mistakes and recognized all malware correctly!

AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic security tests of antivirus products for PC and Mac, as well as mobile security solutions. The test conducted in July and August 2014 reviewed the performance of eight security software for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

We found Avast’s phishing and malware alerts to be very good. The pop-up messages make it clear that the threat has been blocked and provide useful information for advanced users, such as the URL or file path (…) avast! Free Antivirus for Mac identified 100% of samples in both Mac malware and Windows malware tests and has a largely very straightforward program interface, albeit with the odd quirk. ~ AV-Comparatives said in its report


Below, find the overview of avast’s performance versus its competitors

AV-Comparatives results

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