Avast Free Antivirus

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Lets be honest about this..."

    March 19, 2012  |   By ozzyfan75

    Pros

    Its free. Lots of features.

    Cons

    Slow complete scanning. Detection rate not the best. Too many settings. Interface is bloated.

    Summary

    It is about time that the truth about Avast comes out. It is true that Avast Antivirus is a good program and the free version does have a lot of features. But what isn't widely known, is that it has very slow scanning. If you perform a complete scan, scanning everything and whole files, and not using the persistent cache, Avast can take hours to scan a computer. The so called, fast scanning claims can only be remotely considered true. The only way Avast can scan fast, is by not checking whole files or by use of the persistent cache. Also, Avast was tested by Consumer Reports and not their first pick for free antivirus, Avira was! Avast still has work to do, if it ever hopes of beating Avira Antivir. Avast may have a lot of bells and whistles and slow scanning, but it does not have top detection scores.

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