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Title: Avast on Mac
Post by: MilosM3 on February 25, 2007, 08:34:25 PM
I have been using Avast since 2005 on all my home PCs and Laptop
and I absolutely LOVE it. Nice, save, fast and compact.
Not like the resource hogs from Norton or McAfee.
 
I am ready to buy Macintosh MacBook Pro next week and would like to
use Avast on my new Mac laptop.
 
Is there Avast Home edition for Mac? I could not find anything
on Avast web page.
If so, can you please direct me to URL were I can download it?
 
Thank you very much in advance.
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: Vlk on February 25, 2007, 10:19:39 PM
A version of avast for Mac is coming soon.
We're in the process of finishing the last details.

Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on February 25, 2007, 10:38:40 PM
hey vik my friend :)
do you know what the timeframe is on the avast! for the mac-use a mac for work only at home and would love to have the best!on it also :D
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: .: Mac :. on February 25, 2007, 10:40:26 PM
Avast for mac is still in beta. Vlk can tell you more
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on February 25, 2007, 10:42:04 PM
of course kyle -i know you are also going to use it on that piece of apple of yours also ::)
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: al968 on February 25, 2007, 10:59:21 PM
A lot of people have been watting for this Avast for Macs  ;D

@drhayden1
I was looking at your machine description(signature) that looks like quite a good machine  ::)
Specially the Vista Ultimate, I though that only Bill Gates could buy it because its so expensive  ;D

Al968
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on February 26, 2007, 12:22:02 AM
you don't have to shot the dog...i got vista and the ultimate came on the machine when i got it :o ::)
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: al968 on February 26, 2007, 01:01:19 AM
 ;D

OK

Al968
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: MilosM3 on February 26, 2007, 08:02:59 PM
The reason why I asked about URL for download was - that this thread came up almost 1 year ago and the answer was the same :-\

"A version of avast for Mac is coming soon."....

That's why I thought it would be out for now.

Vlku, can you tell us at least approximate ETA so we know what 'soon' means this time ?  ;)

If it is days/weeks - for many it will be worth waiting it if is months or quarters - perhaps we should look for other solution - at least for the time being.

Thanks in advance.




A version of avast for Mac is coming soon.
We're in the process of finishing the last details.

Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: Vlk on February 26, 2007, 08:43:13 PM
The release date is anticipated for March 2007.

Hope this helps,
Vlk
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: MilosM3 on February 26, 2007, 10:16:09 PM


March of 2007? I dig that  8)


The release date is anticipated for March 2007.

Hope this helps,
Vlk
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: meinrosebud on March 01, 2007, 09:21:12 AM
And I will be looking forward to using Avast! on Mac just for the relief of my old windozes paranoia.  ;D
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on March 01, 2007, 09:50:29 AM
meinrosebud-i don't care for vista much either-i have the vista ultimate piece of crap on my quad processor desktop and i am having some issues with it and i have a mac for work only and i am seriously thinking of throwing the quad out the window(NOT REALLY)because of the vista crap and getting a mac for personal use ::)


Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: meinrosebud on March 04, 2007, 08:01:33 AM
I understand how you feel, I beta tested most of the public beta versions of Vista and once the RC1 was released it sealed its own fate. I bought my Mac Mini 1.83 Core Duo to use as my home computer and I only run Windows XP when I am writing databases for work in Access. Wow, I can't believe that they are continuing to fool the masses with their sub-standard software, they have spent millions of dollars of that dog and it is still crap. >:(
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on March 04, 2007, 09:55:07 AM
the gif below is where i really feel like sending vista ;D
click on gif to see it in action :D
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 04, 2007, 03:58:37 PM
meinrosebud, your switching story just made my day a whole lot better  :)
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: rdmaloyjr on March 05, 2007, 01:05:10 AM
Quote: "Supports all operating systems – Windows, Mac, Linux & other operating systems"
http://avast.free-s[broken]oftware-center.com/

Mac for avast! is due this month, but what other os is avast! working on?
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: meinrosebud on March 05, 2007, 04:27:46 AM
DrHayden1 I LOVE THAT GIF! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :o 8)

Fell off the chair and the chair fell over laughing *sniff sniff* ahh tears of joy!
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: chocholo on March 05, 2007, 10:22:43 AM
Quote: "Supports all operating systems – Windows, Mac, Linux & other operating systems"
h??p://avast.free-s[broken]oftware-center.com/

Mac for avast! is due this month, but what other os is avast! working on?

Your post was edited because it links rogue website which tries to sell avast! Home.
More info (http://www.avast.com/eng/fraudulent-sales-of-avast-products.html)

And description of avast! is copy&paste from the same website, but targeted to sell winamp (try to change avast to winamp in url)...
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on March 05, 2007, 10:33:08 AM
thanks chocholo for taking that action....was wondering about that when i saw the link ??? ::)
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: meinrosebud on March 09, 2007, 11:19:51 AM
 >:( Avast rip off sites need to be shut down!
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: igor on March 09, 2007, 11:21:43 AM
Erm... what?
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: rdmaloyjr on March 10, 2007, 03:13:16 AM
Your post was edited because it links rogue website which tries to sell avast! Home.

Sorry...I didn't know it was a rogue website.

I saw: "Supports all operating systems – Windows, Mac, Linux & other operating systems" & was curious as to what other os avast! was available for.
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: meinrosebud on March 23, 2007, 04:51:14 AM
I want my, I want my, I want my Avast Mac Version. Sorry for nagging but I have a serious feeling that this is a race against white & black hat programmers!
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 23, 2007, 07:02:41 PM
Avast for mac should be released This months so be patient.
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: al968 on March 24, 2007, 07:08:26 PM
7 more days until the end of the month and still no sign  ???

Al968
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on March 24, 2007, 09:55:32 PM
could use it on my work only mini-mac tooooooo!!!!
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: al968 on March 24, 2007, 10:09:25 PM
If its intel based it should work (I think that that what either igor or Vlk said)

Al968
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 25, 2007, 03:39:49 AM
It is a universal Binary (PowerPC and Intel)
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: al968 on March 26, 2007, 03:24:59 AM
6 More days  ;)

Go Alwil  ;D

Al968
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: OrangeCrate on March 26, 2007, 09:31:04 PM
Oy...  :P

Here, read this while you're waiting...

http://www.apple.com/getamac/viruses.html

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the only reason you would need antivirus software on a Mac would be if you were running Virtual PC for Windows? But then, wouldn't you want a Windows version?

As I understand it, there is no possibility that viruses could transfer from the Virtual PC to your Mac. Right?

Though I'm empathetic, I guess I'm just not getting this.
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on March 26, 2007, 10:07:05 PM
i can't understand it either why you need avast on a mac even though i have a mini-mac at home for my work-what's the purpose of it if what's in that article is true ??? ::)
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: Vlk on March 26, 2007, 10:17:42 PM
There's a couple of tens of viruses for Mac out there. The reason there's magnitudes more for Windows is that it's probably not worth the hassle (for the virus writers) to bother with the non-mainstream platform (suppose you want to write a virus - which platform will you choose? - one that's used by ~90% of users [Windows], or one that's used by 1% of users [OS X]?).
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on March 26, 2007, 10:30:06 PM
thanks Vlk...still gonna put it on my work mini-mac....knowing it will be better with avast! on it like my two window computers are :)
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: OrangeCrate on March 26, 2007, 10:36:30 PM
There's a couple of tens of viruses for Mac out there. The reason there's magnitudes more for Windows is that it's probably not worth the hassle (for the virus writers) to bother with the non-mainstream platform (suppose you want to write a virus - which platform will you choose? - one that's used by ~90% of users [Windows], or one that's used by 1% of users [OS X]?).

Thanks for the response Vlk. You know, that has been said about Linux too, and is greatly refuted as being incorrect (for both OS X and Linux).

There are many articles regarding this. Here's one of the best I've seen:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/10/06/linux_vs_windows_viruses/

(I post this link primarily for others. It is certainly not news to you.  :))

Edit: As I mentioned in my original post, if a person is running virtual Windows, wouldn't they want the Windows version of avast?
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: Lisandro on March 26, 2007, 10:46:31 PM
Edit: As I mentioned in my original post, if a person is running virtual Windows, wouldn't they want the Windows version of avast?
No problems. avast does install and work both in Windows XP and Vista, both on virtual environment...
Hope this is an answer that you've waiting for...
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: radicalb21 on March 26, 2007, 10:47:01 PM
Thanks to the people at Alwil that made this truly possible and I know the MAC people will enjoy having a topnotch antivirus on there MAC.
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: OrangeCrate on March 26, 2007, 11:01:34 PM
Hope this is an answer that you've waiting for...

Yes, that answers the biggest part of my question.

The other part is then why is there going to be a Mac version? If you read both of attachments to my posts, is it really needed on a Unix based OS such as OS X?

Similar question. Is an antivirus program needed on Kubuntu if your not running a mail server? (Uh, I guess we both know the answer to that one.)

If you're running virtual Windows on a Mac, and using a windows version of avast, isn't running a Mac version redundant?

Look, I'm not trying to downplay new products from avast. I'm a great fan of their products, and wish them success with anything they do. Just trying to learn here...
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: Vlk on March 26, 2007, 11:54:24 PM
Malware can generally run equally well on Windows and Unix based systems (Linux, OS X etc.)

It's just that it is not doing very well (so far) on Unix based systems mainly because
- most malware authors only target the mainstream (i.e. Windows)
- non-Windows users are (statistically) more computer-knowledgable and don't "help" spreading malware that much (this is true for Linux - I'm not so sure about OS X though :))

Think of an AV as insurance - the fact there's nothing going on TODAY doesn't mean there won't be a big outbreak TOMORROW - and being ready for this can simply pay off.

Cheers
Vlk
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: al968 on March 27, 2007, 12:21:40 AM
Any clues on when is Avast for Mac coming out VlK

Thanks

Al968
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: OrangeCrate on March 27, 2007, 01:05:19 AM
Malware can generally run equally well on Windows and Unix based systems (Linux, OS X etc.)

As posted earlier in this thread:

http://www.apple.com/getamac/viruses.html

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/10/06/linux_vs_windows_viruses/

Think of an AV as insurance - the fact there's nothing going on TODAY doesn't mean there won't be a big outbreak TOMORROW - and being ready for this can simply pay off.

I wish avast well, good luck with the new product.

 :)
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 27, 2007, 03:26:38 AM
Vlk Mac OS X market share is bigger than 1% ;)

Also there are no more than 10 pieces of malware for the mac, almost all are proof of concept. But as Vlk says the fact there's nothing going on TODAY doesn't mean there won't be a big outbreak TOMORROW Hence Avast for mac. Plus it will be useful to detect windows viruses and worms in your email so you wont accidentally spread them to windows users
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: meinrosebud on March 28, 2007, 12:17:29 PM
I feel that it will only take time and some coding for someone to take advantage of Mac OSX's confidence in its immunity, the only reasons that these things exist is because of the challenge and the wish to infuriate and confuse other users. Yes, Unix-based systems are better protected than MSDOS/Windows/Vista systems because the user is not running as root or administrator so therefore any critical commands will be stopped because of lack of root... but multitasking, virtual machines and the like were only theories once.

I would like to see an Avast product something because they care. 
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: drhayden1 on March 28, 2007, 02:17:34 PM
will they be a home free edition and professional version as the same as it is for windows ???
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: al968 on March 31, 2007, 01:50:29 PM
March 31, where is Avast for Mac ??

Al968
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: .: Mac :. on March 31, 2007, 06:45:00 PM
March 31, where is Avast for Mac ??

Al968
April Fools?
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: chocholo on April 01, 2007, 03:11:31 AM
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=27441.0
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: al968 on April 01, 2007, 02:45:03 PM
Thanks Chocholo, wasn't it suposed to be final in the month of March ?
So when is the fully operational non-beta version coming out ?

Thanks

Al968
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: igor on April 01, 2007, 03:08:54 PM
You know how the "supposed" works in software world...
It was a plan, but unexpected problems have been found and it took a while to fix them.
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: al968 on April 01, 2007, 04:15:45 PM
You know how the "supposed" works in software world...
It was a plan, but unexpected problems have been found and it took a while to fix them.

OK, Thanks for the information  ;)

Al968
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: bob3160 on April 01, 2007, 05:01:04 PM
You know how the "supposed" works in software world...
It was a plan, but unexpected problems have been found and it took a while to fix them.

Hopefully this isn't as serious as the Vista delay.....
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: szc on October 31, 2007, 08:04:55 PM
It's the last day of October 2007 today... still no news or am I missing something here ? Sorry to bug, but I am very interested to see avast! working on my Mac.
Title: Re: Avast on Mac
Post by: szc on October 31, 2007, 08:09:03 PM
I just asked here and got an prompt(est) respond ever  :) Vlk made my day ! Great news Mac lovers !

http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=30519.msg259420#msg259420 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=30519.msg259420#msg259420)