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Avast Internet Security 2014 review

Avast Internet Security is the second-highest-tier product in Avast's security line. In addition to its flagship malware scanner, Avast Internet Security throws in improved firewall support, email scanners, and mobile-payment security.

Pros

Noninvasive: Avast does what it can to stay out of your way while it runs scans on your machine. As with the Free and Pro versions, Avast Internet Security enlists its community of users to whitelist Web sites and alert you to suspicious or untrustworthy places via Community IQ. Avast also includes Do Not Track integration in its browser add-on.

Streamlined design: The design is exactly like … Read more

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac review

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac scans for viruses and malware in the OS X environment.

Pros

Robust scanner: Avast Free Antivirus offers scanning at both a threat and a warning level, meaning you can scan your machine either for immediate threats or for potentially unwanted applications. In addition, Avast allows you to scan individual files via drag and drop rather than making you navigate to each file's location. You can split results to display infections only or to list potentially unwanted items.

Native-friendly design: Avast Free Antivirus looks like a native OS X app. The left Finder-like organization makes … Read more

All-new Avast Internet Security 2014

Avast just released the 2014 updates to its family of antivirus and internet security software with a redesigned UI that is clean and pleasing to the eye, not to mention its attempt to be your one stop hub for all of your security needs. As the #1 most downloaded software on Download.com, Avast is easily one of the most popular antivirus solutions for consumers worldwide.

Avast Internet Security 2014 debuts new technologies to give you the protection you need before it's too late. Combined with its cloud scanning features and crowdsourced analysis of suspicious items, the files pass … Read more

Avast launches version 2014

Avast 2014 represents a significant design overhaul, embracing the flat movement without blatantly imitating Windows 8's signature look. The new version comes with a modern look and feel without compromising the organization of the many security management tools that Avast has been known for. The result is a user experience that caters to both the set-it-and-forget user as well as the more involved and interactive power player.

List of improvements include a more intuitive software version checker, a built-in app store for easier upgrades and access to Avast's other products, and an impressive real-time stat tracker that displays … Read more

Review: Avast 2014

Pros

Design: Avast's new layout is a unique and clean take on managing security. Rather than copying a flat Metro look like so many others, Avast organizes its environment and prioritizes it in a sensible manner. Flat icons and subtle menu animations look great, secondary pop-out menus don't feel cluttered, and the toggle icon also helps create a cleaner experience.

Security: An improved firewall, noninvasive scanning, and a complementary, crowdsourced, whitelisting approach via Community IQ keeps this security suite on alert for untrustworthy sites and phishing scams. A noninvasive browser add-on protects your Web usage with built-in do … Read more

Review: Give unwanted browser extras the heave-ho with AVAST Browser Cleanup

AVAST Browser Cleanup removes the annoying toolbars, plug-ins, and add-ons that gum up your Web browser, including some that the average user would find difficult to remove, while leaving your safe or approved toolbars and extensions alone. Like AVAST's basic antivirus program, Browser Cleanup is free. It's also portable, so it runs without having to be installed. AVAST Browser Cleanup is for Windows XP, Vista, and 7, and worked with all three of our installed browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.

Since AVAST Browser Cleanup is portable software, it doesn't need to be installed or uninstalled: It … Read more

New Avast, Apple's $10,000 prize, and hot pizza: The Week in Downloads

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Avast Free Antivirus updates to add VPN service and target Facebook Gmail for iPhone and iPadRead more

Avast targets Facebook and VPN

Yesterday, Avast Software made news with its acquisition of privacy company Secure.Me, a small developer best known for its Facebook apps of the same name. Secure.Me protects users' Facebook accounts, monitoring all activity and photos, detecting malware links, and identifying content that is questionable or unsuitable for children.

Today, Avast makes news again with a minor update to its complete suite of Windows security applications--Avast Free Antivirus; Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, and the full monty, Avast Premier.

Avast version 8.0.1488.286 fixes some bugs in the interface, adds a progress bar to the … Read more

Avast Premier 8.0.1483.72

Looking to compete with both paid and free security suites, Avast wants to create a unified approach to your computer security. Long gone are the days of the quirky interface. Avast is accessible and robust, with an impressive list of free features and strong, though hardly stellar, performance benchmarks.

Installation Avast has improved its installation process so it's faster than before. It's not the fastest on the market, not by a long shot, but a standard installation took us about three minutes -- around the same as last year.

Some items of note during the installation that will … Read more

Protect your Android gadget with Avast Mobile Security

Avast has become a household name when it comes to desktop anti-virus software. Now, you can have the same free, high-end security on you smartphone or tablet. Avast Mobile Security can protect you from dangerous apps, inform you about their permissions, and even help you find your lost phone. It's the best antivirus package for Android.

Avast Mobile Security's biggest perk is real-time protection from viruses whenever it's running. It can also scan any app right after you download it, looking for viruses or invasive permissions. All of these features are incredibly easy to find because it … Read more