Avast Security For Mac

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Access this screen from: MenuPreferences

After activating Avast Premium Security, you can view the duration of your subscription in the Subscriptions on this Mac section. If you are using the free version of Avast Security, the text Expires: Never appears. To purchase an Avast Premium Security subscription, click Upgrade next to Avast Security in the Subscriptions on this Mac list. An Avast Premium Security (Single-Device) subscription protects one device on the platform of your choice. The Single-Device subscription type can be used for one of the following products: Avast Premium Security (for PC, Single-Device) Avast Premium Security (for Mac, Single-Device) Avast Mobile Security Premium (for Android, Single-Device). Avast Security for Mac - Status Access this screen from: Status When you open Avast Security, your Mac's protection status appears.The status This Mac is protected indicates that all shields and protection components are enabled, and Avast is actively protecting your Mac. If critical issues need your attention, Avast may display an alert status and prompt you to resolve any issues.

The Preferences screen allows you to manage various aspects of Avast Security behavior.

The General tab displays the version number of your Avast Security program and when it was last updated. To manually update Avast Security, click Update Now. You can also manage the following settings:

  • Turn on automatic updates: program and virus definition updates are downloaded and installed automatically on a regular basis. No action is required from you.
  • Show Avast icon in menu bar: allows you to easily access Avast Security from the menu bar on your Mac.
  • Join our beta program: when selected, you will receive new features and updates to try before they are released to all of our users.
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The Subscription tab summarizes your current subscription information and allows you to activate a subscription for Avast Premium Security.

To activate an Avast Premium Security subscription, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the confirmation email you received after you purchased your Avast Premium Security subscription.
  2. Copy the activation code from the email.
  3. Paste or type the code into the Activation Code text box.
  4. Click Activate.

After activating Avast Premium Security, you can view the duration of your subscription in the Subscriptions on this Mac section. If you are using the free version of Avast Security, the text Expires: Never appears.

To purchase an Avast Premium Security subscription, click Upgrade next to Avast Security in the Subscriptions on this Mac list.

On the Privacy tab you can specify which data collection activities you want to participate in. All options are enabled by default. Untick the box next to any of the following activities to opt out:

Improvements:

  • Share threat data with Avast to improve the security of all Avast antivirus users (Community IQ): tick to contribute to generic security-related information, such as malware attacks detected on your Mac, which helps us immediately identify and react to the latest security threats. Your participation does not compromise any of your personal information.
  • Share app-usage data with Avast to help us with new product development: tick to share unidentifiable statistical data with Avast for the purpose of developing new products.
  • Share app-usage data with Avast to improve this app with 3rd-party tools. To see the tools used for your product, please refer to our Products Policy.: tick to contribute to anonymized analytical data that is used to examine how users interact with Avast Security.

Offers:

  • Share app-usage data with Avast so we may offer you upgrades or other products: tick to receive offers for relevant Avast products and upgrades. (In the free version of Avast Security, this option is enabled by default and does not appear).

Avast Security shields actively protect your Mac from threats. The Core Shields tab allows you to manage settings for each shield: File Shield, Web Shield, Email Shield, and Real Site (available in Avast Premium Security). Read more...

Avast Security includes several predefined scans so you can check your Mac for malware. The Scans tab allows you to configure settings for each of the scan types: Smart Scan, Deep Scan, Targeted Scan, and USB/DVD Scan. Read more...

The Wi-Fi Inspector tab displays details of Visited networks and when they were last scanned by Wi-Fi Inspector. By default, Automatic scanning and alerts are enabled. To disable this setting, click the slider so that it changes to OFF (red). To adjust other Wi-Fi Inspector settings, tick or untick the box next to:

  • Ask to monitor any new network I join: displays a popup notification to allow Wi-Fi Inspector to actively scan the new network for threats (enabled by default and only available in Avast Premium Security).
  • Show new device popups: a pop-up notification appears when Wi-Fi Inspector detects a new device on your network (enabled by default and only available in Avast Premium Security).
  • Scan for vulnerabilities on all devices: tick the box if you want Wi-Fi Inspector to check all devices connected to your network (time consuming).
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On the Ransomware Shield tab you can specify apps that are trusted to change or delete files in your protected folders. To add an app to your Allowed Apps list:

  • Click Allow An App.
  • Navigate to the app you want to allow access, then click the app name to select it. Alternatively, press the ⌘ Command + Shift + G keys simultaneously, type the direct app path, and click Go to locate hidden apps. Once you have selected the app, click Open.
  • If prompted, use your Touch ID or enter your Administrator password and click OK.

The app appears in the Allowed Apps list. To remove an app, click its name in the list, then click the trash can icon.

Ransomware Shield protects your personal photos, documents, and files from being modified, deleted, or encrypted by ransomware attacks. You can modify the file types that are automatically protected by unticking the box next to a protected file type. If you want to add your own specific file types for Ransomware Shield to protect:

  • Click Add File Type.
  • Enter the file extension(s) you want to add, then click Save.
  • If prompted, use your Touch ID or enter your Administrator password and click OK.

The file type appears in the Other file types list. To remove a file type, click its name in the list, then click the trash can icon.

Note: Ransomware Shield is a premium feature and is only available in Avast Premium Security.

Access this screen from: Status

When you open Avast Security, your Mac's protection status appears. The status This Mac is protected indicates that all shields and protection components are enabled, and Avast is actively protecting your Mac. If critical issues need your attention, Avast may display an alert status and prompt you to resolve any issues.

General

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Avast Security actively scans your Mac for malware and other threats, and prompts you if an action is required. By default, Avast automatically updates virus definitions and notifies you if a program update is required.

If you change the default settings, ensure your Mac's security by keeping Avast up to date. Go to ☰ MenuPreferencesGeneral, and click Update Now.

You can select from the following scan options:

  • Smart Scan: scans the most vulnerable areas of your Mac for malware.
  • Deep Scan: an in-depth scan of your system that checks your storage drives and memory for malware.
  • Targeted Scan: scans specific files or folders you select when you initiate the scan.
  • USB/DVD Scan: scans any removable storage devices that are currently connected to your Mac.
  • Custom Scan: allows you to set scan parameters and a schedule for scanning your Mac regularly and automatically.

Features

The Core Shields screen allows you to manage real-time security shields:

  • File Shield: the main layer of active protection in Avast Security. It scans programs and files on your Mac for malicious threats in real-time before allowing them to be opened, run, modified, or saved.
  • Web Shield: an additional layer of active protection in Avast Security. It scans data that is transferred when you browse the internet in real-time to prevent malware, such as malicious scripts, from being downloaded and run on your Mac.
  • Email Shield: an additional layer of active protection in Avast Security. It scans your incoming and outgoing email messages in real-time for malicious content such as viruses.
  • Real Site: an additional layer of active protection in Avast Premium Security. It protects against DNS (Domain Name System) hijacking by blocking fake websites to ensure you get to the actual website you want to visit.

Virus Chest is an isolated space where you can safely store potentially dangerous files or send them to the Avast Threat Labs for analysis. Files in Virus Chest cannot run or access your system and data, so any malicious code contained within a file is unable to harm your Mac.
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Wi-Fi Inspector is an active protection component which continuously monitors your network and connected devices for threats. Wi-Fi Inspector is enabled by default.

Note: Some aspects of Wi-Fi Inspector are only available in Avast Premium Security.
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Ransomware Shield secures your personal photos, documents, and files from being modified, deleted, or encrypted by ransomware attacks. This feature automatically secures your Pictures and Documents folders and allows you to specify which other folders you want to protect from untrusted applications. Additionally, you can specify which applications are allowed to modify the files in your protected folders.

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Note: Ransomware Shield is a premium feature and is only available in Avast Premium Security.
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Settings and Troubleshooting

To access and manage Avast Security settings, go to ☰ MenuPreferences. The following settings are available:

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  • General: manage program updates, show the Avast Security icon in your menu bar, or join our beta program.
  • Subscription: view your current subscription information or activate a subscription for Avast Premium Security.
  • Privacy: share threat information with Avast, and allow your usage data to be shared with 3rd parties for analytics purposes.
  • Core Shields: manage settings and add exceptions for each of the Core Shields.
  • Scans: manage settings and add exceptions for each of the predefined Scans.
  • Wi-Fi Inspector: manage automatic scanning and alerts, scan all devices connected to your Wi-Fi, and view a record of visited networks.
  • Ransomware Shield: specify apps that are allowed to change or delete files in your protected folders, and managed protected file types.

How do I connect Avast Security with an Avast Account?

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Avast Account is a portal where you can manage all Avast subscriptions that are registered to your email address. These subscriptions can be for any Avast product across all of your devices.

To connect Avast Security with your Avast Account, follow these steps:

  1. Click ☰ Menu on the main screen of Avast Security, then select Log in to Avast account.
  2. Enter your account credentials (email and password). Alternatively, click Facebook or Google to use these credentials instead.
  3. Click Log In.

If you do not have an Avast Account, you can create one by going to ☰ MenuCreate Account. Read more...

If you see the status This Mac is not fully protected, try the following solutions:

  • Ensure all Core Shields are enabled. Read more...
  • Ensure Avast Security is up to date: go to ☰ MenuPreferencesGeneral, and click Update Now.

If you see the status You are in passive mode, you need to manually allow Avast Software extensions on your Mac. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

To uninstall Avast Security, follow these steps:

  1. Open Avast Security and ensure the window is active.
  2. Click Avast in the menu bar on the top-left of your screen, then select Uninstall Avast Security.
  3. Click Uninstall.
  4. If prompted, use your Touch ID or enter your Administrator password and click OK to grant permission for the uninstallation.
  5. Click Quit.

Avast Security is removed from your Mac.