Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26267 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:
327,574,275
Downloads Last Week:
1,018,199
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 User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26267 votes

    • 5 star: 19156
    • 4 star: 4763
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1056
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 248 votes

    • 5 star: 198
    • 4 star: 35
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 5 stars

    "Better than many paid programs. Tell Your Friends"

    September 30, 2014   |   By demous

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Excellent anti-malware solution, especially for a free program. Highly customizable for the more savvy, but the default settings work very well without any fiddling for the basic user. Efficient resource use, won't bog down your system. User-friendly UI while still being full-featured, including offering more options that can be obtained by upgrading to the paid version.
    Convenient auto update for both the program and definitions; including the ability to have it connected to a streaming service that automatically checks for and installs the latest versions. Has extra features already built in, such as the software updater, browser cleanup, and rescue disk; features that are quite commonly only available in the paid versions of other programs, if at all.

    Cons

    Occasional popups that are not directly related to the program operation or status can be a minor nuisance. However, if you find the comparatively rare feature popups more annoying than the informative and operation ones, popups can easily be turned off by enabling silent gaming mode.

    Summary

    Overall, one of the best protections against malware out there, especially for free.

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  • 4 stars

    "Like this app - very useful"

    September 30, 2014   |   By download.net.pl

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Great interface, simple design, simple options.

    Cons

    little bit too slow for me.

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  • 4 stars

    "You get literally infinitely more than what you paid!"

    September 29, 2014   |   By tessseractheart

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It's free. It works. And it's free.

    Cons

    There are some nagging popups.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Virus Protection by far"

    September 29, 2014   |   By Donald_M

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I have been using Avast for years on everything from my Phones to my Desk top computers and I Can't remember the last time I had a virus of any type on any of my systems. From Android to Windows, Avast simply works!!!! When I work on computers for others that is the First thing I recommend they install. I have had great support when needed and the program has never failed me. It will Always have a 5 star rating from me.

    Cons

    I have yet to find a complaint with any part of the program

    Summary

    see above

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  • 5 stars

    "A very nice app to have."

    September 29, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Simple interface. Frequent updates to ensure the latest definitions are present. Detects potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

    Cons

    The frequent pop ups for other program updates.

    Summary

    Overall this is an excellent antivirus. And I like that it tags PUPs, which have, so far, always been unwanted ;)

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  • 4 stars

    "Works very well"

    September 29, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to install
    Easy to understand (you don't have to be a computer genius)
    Free!!

    Cons

    Occasional publicity

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  • 5 stars

    "In my opinion the best free antivirus.."

    September 29, 2014   |   By peter.fraxis

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    very simple to use, reliable, 'intelligent' software..

    Cons

    I haven't noticed any so far..

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  • 5 stars

    "Keeps me virus free"

    September 29, 2014   |   By rbrigh1

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    The best free, reliable and secure antivirus software on the market.
    Auto updates of the latest virus definitions.

    Cons

    They push lots of opportunities for you to upgrade to the paid version.

    Summary

    Overall I have used Avast for 7 years on all my old and new computers. It has been the most consistent antivirus software I have used. If you are tech savvy and are the only one using your computer, the free version is all you need. If you have lots of people using your computer, get the paid version. They both are equally secure but the paid one gives you better control when other people are using your computer.

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  • 5 stars

    "The best free virus protection that I have found."

    September 28, 2014   |   By pawldunbar

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to download initially, and then it does its job without pestering me to make decisions and press buttons. It doesn't seem to slow my laptop. I have had no problems with viruses. It updates regularly which reassures you that it is working. Pity about the voice...

    Cons

    The lady who tells you that "Avohst..." was updated has an irritatingly bourgeois London/SE English voice... I'm Cornish and, like other Kelts, find the "home counties" dialect smug and supercilious... much preferred the American lady...

    Summary

    Avast is great - wouldn't be without it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Seems good so far!"

    September 28, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Don't really know much about the insides and outs of antivirus but it appears to work well for me, like that it updates very often which must help protect your computer.

    Cons

    Non really

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