Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26203 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2014.9.0.2021
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
June 30, 2014
Price:
Free; Requires a free registration after 30 days
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
325,666,852
Downloads Last Week:
1,040,821
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

The free edition of Avast Antivirus comes with a full set of monitoring tools to track the protection state of your PC in real time. Expanding beyond the on-demand scanning tools like most antivirus software, Avast also comes with a browser add-on that warns of untrustworthy sites and blocks trackers that record your online activity.

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 not track integration and selective blockers for analytical and social trackers.

Utility: Avast represents itself as more of a security manager than just a conventional scanner. This version includes a command center-like dashboard for tracking security statistics, pop-up notifiers for system status and security news, a multidevice manager, and a streamlined upgrade pipeline via in-app store.

Cons:

Small disclosure: Installing certain components like browser plug-ins, useful though they may be, can also be viewed as an unwanted surprise. The installer gives you options to install various components but throws a lot of information and component offers to users at once without much to go by.

Varied performance: According to a previous protection report from August, Avast scored higher than the average scanner but still behind many of the top performers. The added browser plug-in, though great when it works, sometimes became sluggish when we tested out some sites with heavier analytic trackers.

Information overload: Global and personal stats are great to see, but are they really useful for the average user? Even an advanced technician can really get only so much value out of numbers without any real numerical or unit-based indication of what they represent. Perhaps a market researcher may get more use out of this.

Bottom Line:

This year's Avast release has distinguished itself as not just a malware or antivirus solution, but also as a full-on security monitor for your machine. It comes with great design, displaying a lot of information yet maintaining a high usability factor for the core feature of virus removal and malware scanning. Avast has created value beyond the security scanner, and this version is a huge leap over last year's Avast 8. We expect its protection scores to continue to increase as protection scores from third-party vendors get released.

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  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26203 votes

    • 5 star: 19106
    • 4 star: 4751
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1054
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 184 votes

    • 5 star: 148
    • 4 star: 23
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 5 stars

    "Best Free Antivirus"

    September 17, 2014   |   By LeonidN

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    All functions are ideal.
    Does not slow down computer.

    Cons

    Disadvantages not found

    Summary

    Higly recomended

    Updated on Sep 17, 2014

    Highly recommended Antivirus

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  • 4 stars

    "Highly recommended."

    September 17, 2014   |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Realtime protection (optional).
    Webprotection (optional)
    Mailprotection (optional)
    Easy to understand and configure settings.

    Cons

    Occational pop-up offers.

    Summary

    I really like the fact you can customize the anti-virus during the installation. In my case I've opted out the filesystem protection because I use Avira free as my anti-virus which doesn't have web or mail protection. Avast filled this gap in my free protection apps and performs as a second opinion scanner.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Best antivirus for free... Out preforms Norton's."

    September 17, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Scans executable's before you install or run. Does boot time scans. Web scans, and e-mail scans. Yearly protection for free, there is not any better one that I have found yet and been doing this for 12 years. Avast is not a system hog like Nortons, AVG, or McAfee. "I work in the computer repair business and have not found a better one yet and I've tried them all and nothing comes close" I can only imagine what the pro version would do. It will scan removable drives, and cd/dvd's. Avast keep up the great work and you'll have a customer for life and I recommend this to everyone that is looking for a antivirus that works.

    Cons

    Will not scan computers on the network. (free version).

    Summary

    Try it and you will not be disappointed. Use this along side of another antivirus and you will see the difference. Hope this helps your decision into trying this great product.

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  • 4 stars

    "Block pop up windows from suspicious sites."

    September 17, 2014   |   By motonanai

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Enough updates for virus database.

    Cons

    None-it's all over good

    Summary

    Very good for free product

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  • 5 stars

    "Quick and easy download, easy to use."

    September 17, 2014   |   By RavaMoun

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Quick and easy download, easy to use.

    Cons

    Thanks a lot. it is good.

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  • 5 stars

    "Get's the job done!"

    September 16, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Get's rid of those niggling Malwares and blocks potentially harmful sites.

    Cons

    None thus far.

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  • 5 stars

    "excellent product"

    September 16, 2014   |   By pradeepk79

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    have been using it for last five years and my system has neber had a problem

    Cons

    Of late lot of unwanted popups from avast is seen

    Summary

    on the whole a very efficient and updated product.

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  • 5 stars

    "Been using it for at least 10 years now."

    September 16, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It's free.
    And it will just get better.
    Use it forever.
    Lightweight on your computer and super effective.
    It's free.
    Browser Clean-Up add-on is a huge plus.
    Use it forever.
    Simple and easy to use.
    It's free.
    It will not pop-up any weird errors.
    Use it forever.
    It's free.

    Cons

    Haven't encountered any problems with the Avast software, ever.

    Summary

    If you encountered ridiculous errors, weird pop-ups and slow computer performance from other paid/subscription based AV products, then you should give Avast Free Antivirus 2014 a try.

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  • 4 stars

    "This is the best choice for free user."

    September 16, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to use with a cool user interface, Easy to register for free user who want a good anti-virus without cracking, Can run a boot scan

    Cons

    Avast usually move a target to chest without a confirm.

    Summary

    This is good for free user who want a good anti-virus

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  • 5 stars

    "Just works"

    September 16, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Simple GUI
    Rather discreet

    Cons

    As a standard there is a lot of software "pre-marked" under the installation process, allthough this is not a huge deal.

    Summary

    It's free. Most people like it, but if you don't just uninstall it

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