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  • 5.0 stars

    "'aVAST' improvement..."

    February 27, 2011  |   By eezee_cnet


    - Sleak interface
    - Good performance
    - Excellent protection


    When you choose to install all available options, things might get heavier on your machine, depending on your setup of course. If your setup is not up to par, choose for a custom installation and leave out some stuff you can do without.


    The sandbox is a very welcome addition to the already available tools. Webrep might be nice for some people, but I don't care much for it. Although I've installed webrep, just to see what it is exactly and how it might interfere with my browsing experience, it's good to see that avast included an uninstall option for both IE and FF. Nice...

    The new features aside, I'm glad avast 6 isn't too much of a change compared to avast 5, which I welcome. The interface is still pretty much the same, with some minor differences here and there.

    Overall, avast continues to deliver the goods with this new version. For a freeware protection suite, you'll get an amazing piece of very high quality software.

    It's been my favorite for years, and I'll continue to keep using it. Get your copy today, you will not regret it!

    Updated on Feb 27, 2011

    This just in, an extra 'con':
    Avast 6 installs an HUGE gadget, only superseded by it's uselessness, to the sidebar. It's a big, silly thing that eats up a LOT of real estate from your sidebar/screen.

    Normally, this would not be worth mentioning as a 'con', but disabling or removing this gadget from the sidebar is a bit of a PITA; it cannot be done via the usual way of removing gadgets within the sidebar itself. You must alter your installment of avast via Control Panel » Software » Remove/Change avast installation » Change and then remove the check mark for the gadget.

    That's way too silly; the gadget itself and the method one must use to remove it.

    Updated on Mar 4, 2011

    Like I already wrote before, the easy way doesn't work (i.e.; the gadget is back after a reboot)!

    That's why it's a bit of a PITA...

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  • Reply by djemkitso on February 27, 2011

    An easier way to remove the Avast gadget is to right click on the desktop and select Gadgets. In the resulting window, right click on Avast and select Uninstall.

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