Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26214 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:
325,973,216
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 26214 votes

    • 5 star: 19113
    • 4 star: 4754
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1055
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 195 votes

    • 5 star: 155
    • 4 star: 26
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 5 stars

    "The BEST antivirus software available"

    September 20, 2014   |   By gmillwater

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I've been using Avast Free for since it was released and it's saved my butt many times over. I've been using PC's, workstations, and mini's since the beginning and was a die hard Norton guy. But the throughput was very slow even among the Symantec days. From the first time I used Avast I was like WOW. It does what it's supposed to do without all the overhead of the others. Download it now! You WILL NOT be disappointed. Take it from a "Platforms Developer".

    Cons

    Nothing to report.

    Summary

    Everything

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  • 4 stars

    "Really great overall!"

    September 20, 2014   |   By SusyQU2

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Really like that it communicates with you.
    Keeps you updated.

    Cons

    Seems to have slowed down the start up process considerably since initial install.
    I manually clear cookies out of my server.

    Summary

    Suggest that you offer a month free with full services. Communicate what processes you are providing during that month that aren't free and how you are employing them on my computer to make it more efficient. (So that I understand the value of what you want me to pay for.) I would like an antivirus software that was more interactive to end user's needs through clear, simple collaboration. Help me to understand how you are protecting my computer and educate me with tips to be online smart and savy.

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  • 1 stars

    "software from hell"

    September 19, 2014   |   By jtmann1943

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    surely, but could not deal with constant interruptions, and urgings to buy up

    Cons

    demonic -- cannot get it off my pc, and it interferes with many ordinary tasks.

    Summary

    sorry i ever tried it!

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  • 5 stars

    "great product!"

    September 19, 2014   |   By badassery510

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    free
    easy to use
    works
    easy on processing resources (good for older or slower computers)

    Cons

    annoying messages and daily suggestions to upgrade to a paid service

    Summary

    I have been using avast for 5 years. I put it on dozens of computers for myself, friends and a small business. It works and it doesn't get in the way. whenever I get a new computer I have a 3 step process 1) install a web browser (firefox), 2) uninstall McAfee or whatever anti-virus came pre-loaded and 3) install Avast.

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  • 5 stars

    "Trusting it for many years"

    September 19, 2014   |   By J81501

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I've used Avast for many many years and have never had a virus. I've had warnings that were recognized by Avast but nothing has ever gotten into my computer.

    Cons

    It does more than just AV stuff and if you turn some of that off the warnings never dissapear.

    Summary

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it... I'll keep using it on my computer (and smart phone) so long as it works as well as it has to date.

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  • 4 stars

    "Been Using It For Long Time..."

    September 19, 2014   |   By saif_msn

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy To Use, Light-weight, Attractive UI, Good Protection...

    Cons

    You Can Only Use It For A Year...

    Summary

    I Really Wish I Could Use The Free Version Without Time Limit...

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  • 5 stars

    "Great Product,"

    September 19, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    best freebie I have found, works better than most of the pay antivirus programs. I use it in conjunction with Malwarebytes (also free) anti-malware/spyware and have had VERY few problems! My computer guy Rent-A-Geek frequently recommends this program to his customers as well.

    Cons

    Very few. using with a malware program usually fixes any problems

    Summary

    Defiantly would recommend, I use the free version, but would probably pay for the premium if I needed the extras they offer!

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  • 5 stars

    "Excelent product, speccially the free version!"

    September 19, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It's free!

    Cons

    It has some issues finding spyware...

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  • 4 stars

    "Excellent and reliable"

    September 19, 2014   |   By haeg1691

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to use, updates automatically, reliable (so far!)

    Cons

    Regular reminders to update to Pro (perfectly understandable, as its free, just a bit annoying)

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  • 5 stars

    "this is THE BEST antivirus software available.BAR NON"

    September 18, 2014   |   By CindyMAINE

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Everything about Avast is brilliant

    Cons

    no cons,PERIOD

    Summary

    Avast is essential for any user to keep your PC healthy and safe, :)

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