Remove virus from Mac with Avast Mac Security 2015 (Antivirus)


Mac OSX is considered to be one of the most secure operating systems that exist. But the hackers of today are no longer chasing bugs on your computer, they prey on your identity and your money. Hackers try to steal your information thru several techniques called phising, spearphising in order to get personal information for identity theft and eventually money. We’ve see it every day in our spam-boxes and sandboxes.

The latest Mac OS X security tools are designed to help you limit the threat by installing only apps that have been downloaded via the App Store, and more, only the ones that have been signed by identified developers.
However, not all Mac software is included in the Apple Mac store so, if you want to explore outside the limits, having a reliable security solution is essential.

It’s thereby very important to protect your Mac OSX computer against viruses and hacker attacks. Because OSX is a secure operating system, hackers might try social engineering or phising attacks to compromise your computer and personal-information from your computer. If some file is offered and you do not trust the file it’s recommended not to open it. Still you need to rely on the technique, this is where Avast Antivirus for Mac OSX comes in, it’s free, protects against viruses and removes them if needed.

Installation Avast Mac Security 2015 Free

In order to install and run Avast Mac Security for Mac your Mac needs to meet the following system requirements:

  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), Apple Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion), Apple Mac OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion), Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks) and Apple Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).
  • Intel based Mac computer with 64-bit processor.
  • 512 MB RAM or above (1 GB RAM or higher preferred).
  • 256 MB minimum hard disk free space.
  • Internet connection (to download and register the product, for automatic updates of the program and antivirus database)

Notice: Avast Free Mac Security for Mac will not run properly if you have any other antivirus software installed.

Download Avast Mac Security 2015 for Free from Avast.com

  • Open the download and Select “Avast Mac Security” to install Avast Mac Security (Antivirus) 2015.

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  • Click Continue to install.

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  • Agree the terms of license agreement and Continue, follow installation.

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  • Avast Mac Security 2015 is installed and active.

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Avast Mac Security 2015 – Scan

Avast Mac Security 2015 offers three kind of scans.

  1. Full System Scan
  2. Removable Volumes Scan
  3. Custom Scan

Full System Scan

The option says what it does, it scans the full system, in simple terms the complete computer, every file in every location. Either there are some options to apply to the full system scan. When you select the Settings button under the Start button in the Scan window of Avast Mac Security there are the following options to be found.

  1. Report potentially unwanted programs (PUP)
    This option is standard enabled, and should be enabled, period. This option will detect PUPs and reports them to Avast.
  2. Scan whole files
    If you have large files, iso’s, video’s etc, it’s recommended not to enable this option, your scan might take forever to finish.
  3. Scan also mounted removable volumes
    Do you have any external harddrives connected to your Mac, and you want to scan these volumes for viruses and PUPs, enable this option.
  4. Scan also mounted network volumes
    Is your Mac connected to a network of other computers or shared network drives and you need to scan these drives for viruses and PUPs, enable this option.
  5. Scan all Time Machine backups
    When you use Time Machine backups on your computer, it is advised to enable this option. If there is any virus or PUP detected it might be in your Time Machine backups, this is not recommended when you need to restore.
  6. Excluded paths
    Got a path that you do not want to scan for viruses or PUPs, click the + button and enter the path to exclude it from the Full System Scan.

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Removable volumes scan

The option says what it does, it scans the components connected to your Mac. Either there are some options to apply to the removable volumes scan. When you select the Settings button under the Start button in the Scan window of Avast Mac Security there are the following options to be found.

  1. Report potentially unwanted programs (PUP)
    This option is standard enabled, and should be enabled, period. This option will detect PUPs and reports them to Avast.
  2. Scan whole files
    If you have large files, iso’s, video’s etc, it’s recommended not to enable this option, your scan might take forever to finish.
  3. Scan all Time Machine backups
    When you use Time Machine backups on your computer, it is advised to enable this option. If there is any virus or PUP detected it might be in your Time Machine backups, this is not recommended when you need to restore.
  4. Excluded paths
    Got a path that you do not want to scan for viruses or PUPs, click the + button and enter the path to exclude it from the Removable Volumes Scan.

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Custom Scan

The option says what it does, it provides a option to scan a path or folder by selecting it using Finder. Just select a path, click OK and perform a scan in that specific path.

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Avast Mac Security 2015 – Virus Chest

The Avast Virus Chest is a safe place for storing potentially unwanted files, completely isolated from the rest of the operating system. Files inside the Virus Chest are not accessible for any outside process, software application, or virus. Files cannot be run while stored in the Virus Chest. If you double-click a file there, only the file properties will be displayed. This prevents infected files from being run accidentally and potentially causing damage to your computer.

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Avast Mac Security 2015 – Shields

Avast Mac Security 2015 provides Mac users with three defensive shields: Web and Mail Shields for incoming data and the File Shield to scan the user’s hard drive. These shields are the processes that are checking your Mac for potentially threats. If you for some reason need to disable one of the three shields, you need access the Preferences panel in the bottom left corner and click Disable for the shield you need to disable.

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Avast Mac Security 2015 – Extensions

Avast Mac Security installer places extensions in your Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. You can uninstall them, but the components are required if you want Avast Mac Security to protect you against phishing and malware websites.
All for free!!

Avast Online Security extension protects against threats from the Internet.

The latest version of the plug-in Browser Security and Web Reputation Avast relieves and improves your user experience. Below is a list of the main features.

• Collects data about phishing sites and warns you if necessary.
• Provides access to the website reputation system, which is supported by more than 220 million users.
• Does the assessment again next to the link to the site in the search results.
• Alerts you when you visit a website with a poor reputation.
• Makes it possible to evaluate a site (okay or not okay). That way you will improve the system and help other users.
• If you send automatically to a legitimate site when you make a typo in the URL.
• Enables Safe Zone when you visit sites with confidential financial data
• Blocks annoying advertising and analysis sites and prevents your online activities are monitored.

** be aware of fake Avast Online Security extensions.
More information here: https://blog.avast.com/2014/10/29/look-alike-avast-online-security-extension-deceives-users-on-google-play/

Avast Online Security Extension – Safari

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Avast Online Security Extension – Google Chrome

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Avast Online Security Extension – Mozilla Firefox

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