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Avast Free Antivirus 2014

CNET Editors' review

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.

Final Verdict:

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 User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 25,818 votes

    • 5 star: 18804
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 469
    • 1 star: 1032
  • Current version:

    4.8 stars

    out of 88 votes

    • 5 star: 77
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best antivirus nowdays."

    April 15, 2014  |   By jakiface

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

    Ever since the boot time scanner they got me goin'!
    No other application does that kind of sweep, needless to say it is a free feature.

    Cons

    None taken so far! Always up to date...

    Summary

    From all free account based antivirus softwares available today, Avast most definitely stands out! Using it for 4 years in a row and have absolutely nothing but best to say about it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent product!"

    April 15, 2014  |   By Lion807

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

    Works just fine.

    Cons

    None found.

    Summary

    I used to use Security essetials (by Microsoft), but it could not find malware that slow down my PC.
    Friend of mine (computer engineer) adviced me to use Avast, as it is supposed to be the best AV tool on market nowadays.
    I gave him a chance, I downloaded it and tried it, and now I am really satisfied. Avast found two problematic malware things, removed them from PC - and after that PC runs smoothly like before.
    And what is the most important nowadays: no hidden adds, no annoying pop-ups or anything like this. Just pure antivirus tool.
    Which can be (by the way) used also for other equipment, not only PC (tablets, phone...).
    HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Sort of "free" but works well"

    April 15, 2014  |   By SFwriter

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

    Seems to catch everything so far, from questionable sites to virus-bearing e-mails (though I wonder about the "Bleeding Heart" thing that's going around), and it does it for no monetary cost.

    Cons

    Interminable pop-ups: "Rate Me!" "Review me!" "Let me Scan for Problems, tell you how many you have, and then offer to correct them after you sign up for an annual service that cost money" or "It's vital to update your software now" that fails half the time when you click it...

    Summary

    I don't need their "other" products yet. They may be good or bad, I don't know. The in-your-face invasiveness of the ads is a relatively small price to pay for the level of protection you get. If they think they're going to wear me down and eventually get me to capitulate and buy their other products, they're mistaken. The level of annoyance only strengthens my resolve not to be funnelled into their software family. When I make my choice, it will be for a product I have researched and approved, NOT just to make the ads stop.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free and very powerful!"

    April 14, 2014  |   By gbenroscience

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

    Great and easy to use for an old user like me. Catches most viruses that I've come across.

    Cons

    Quite heavy..size wise..but I guess that's a necessary trade-off for its power.

    Summary

    Nice product! can't wait till I can afford the paid versions for me to start using them

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My first choice for AV software."

    April 14, 2014  |   By Sage15963

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

    My first choice for AV software.

    Cons

    My first choice for AV software.

    Summary

    My first choice for AV software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than AVG on my computer"

    April 13, 2014  |   By clownskunk

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

    I had a virus that was messing with my emails and spamming from my account. Was running AVG with updates. Full scan found nothing amiss. Decided to try Avast, installed it, ran full scan, 3 problems found, moved to quarantine. End of spaming problem.
    Has several very nice features built into it which work very smoothly too.

    Cons

    Haven't found anything to complain about with this program.

    Summary

    My experience suggests that Avast is much better than AVG. I definitely recommend it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best AV software bar none."

    April 13, 2014  |   By inventorjim

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

    Does a excellent job without trying to install itself into everything on your computer. Some anti virus programs act like malware and they interfere with everything. This program is hardly noticeable. I take care of numerous computer systems and I make sure that this Avast is installed on each one of them.

    Cons

    Nothing that I have seen so far.

    Summary

    My first choice for AV software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent product and service"

    April 13, 2014  |   By JohnCourtneidge

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

    Excellent product and service

    Cons

    none that I'm aware of - you can renew at the Free level as often it seems as needed.

    Summary

    Excellent product and service

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THIS IS THE BEST ANTI-VIRUS EVER"

    April 13, 2014  |   By Hade Saied

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

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    Cons

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    Summary

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent!"

    April 13, 2014  |   By pricketts

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2016

    Pros

    Sleek; Easy navigable user face; Doesn't seems to be a hog on system resources

    Cons

    None so far in using this newest Avast software

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