Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26119 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:
323,265,931
Downloads Last Week:
1,068,289
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.

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 Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26119 votes

    • 5 star: 19039
    • 4 star: 4735
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1053
  • Current Version:

    4.5

    out of 100 votes

    • 5 star: 81
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 5 stars

    "Does a great job. No complaints from me."

    September 01, 2014   |   By larrys1947

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Automatic updates. Works fast and runs quietly in background. Great vocalization advising of update.

    Cons

    Always asking me to update to paid version.

    Summary

    A computer repair person suggested this program to me after another program I was using failed to protect me. Ive never regretted going to this program.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good and simple"

    August 30, 2014   |   By zero298

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Let's me know whenever I'm doing something dumb with respect to malicious connections and files and doesn't PREVENT me from overriding it if I'm absolutely sure I want to do something dumb with respect to suspicious files unlike certain antivirus programs.

    Cons

    Some of the ads, while not cumbersome or intruding, can still be slightly bothersome.

    Summary

    The voice letting you know that your definitions are up to date is sexy.

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  • 5 stars

    "The only antivirus I'll ever use."

    August 29, 2014   |   By OMEGA352

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Automatic updates.
    Free to use on mobile phone.
    Gives you the option to bypass, if you desire.
    Quick scan, full scan or boot scan available.

    Cons

    None that I've found.

    Summary

    I downloaded avast! to my wife's laptop and it found over 100 viruses and corrupted files with one scan. I've been using it for almost 10 years and have no complaints. When I buy a new computer I delete the pre-installed antivirus and replace it with avast!

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  • 5 stars

    "I have been using the free version for over a year."

    August 29, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    When my old program was no longer available, I picked Avast to replace it based on reviews. It has done a great job at keeping my computer safe. That is what I was seeking!

    Cons

    Does not remove the "shopping tracker" nuisances. My only complaint.

    Summary

    I would recommend this program, and have. I appreciate that Avast offers a free version. It is a great service.

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  • 5 stars

    "effective light-weight free AV"

    August 28, 2014   |   By nft76

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Light-weight on system resources.
    Easy to use (once you turn off some unwanted features); useful "Update (other) Software" tool
    I can't say if it's good at finding viruses, as I'm very pro-active at avoiding their sources; but it's only had one false-positive in a year

    Cons

    the default toolbar is useless (though straight forward to remove)
    the highlight links for spoofing function obscures the page's text (e.g. SlashDot), but is easy to disable.

    Summary

    I dropped AVG when it got heavy and slow, scanned comparative reviews and picked Avast as recommended - been happy since

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  • 5 stars

    "Wouldn't be without it."

    August 28, 2014   |   By viettrav

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Very easy to download. Updates frequently to keep up to date with new threats.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

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  • 5 stars

    "There is none better!"

    August 26, 2014   |   By layanaicy

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Runs lite, keeps me safe.

    Cons

    None. Does all I need it to do.

    Summary

    I have been using for 7 years. Whenever I get a new computer, I do try the free trials that come with them for various virus protection programs....can never go all the way till he end of the trial though. I can't wait to get it out and get Avast in! Also, Avast's VPN service is very good!

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  • 4 stars

    "Good antivirus, but nags for paid version & add-ons"

    August 26, 2014   |   By CatherineMcClarey

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Has worked reliably for all of my family's computers for several years; plays nice with some other utility software (f.ex. Malwarebytes, Advanced System Care); Avast forums a more reliable troubleshooting resource than Googling error messages.

    Cons

    Nags for paid version and for some add-ons (f.ex. GrimeFighter); Software Updater doesn't always detect recently-installed new versions of other utility software (and nags for its paid version); must tweak default settings to avoid having boot-time scan start immediately (and to allow it to automatically delete infected/defective files instead of waiting to ask user's permission)

    Summary

    Still a good, solid free antivirus program -- if you can live with the nags and remember to modify default settings to what's convenient for you. Otherwise, you might be better advised to compare the paid version of this against other paid antivirus/security software programs.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent product"

    August 26, 2014   |   By sharat2000

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    free, excellent product, it has never let any virus or malaware through.

    Cons

    It has no cons

    Summary

    Excellent Anti-virus.

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  • 5 stars

    "Solid free antivirus product"

    August 26, 2014   |   By slurpje

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    -Easy to use interface at first glance
    -Sophisticated interface and lots of information and possible tweaks when you take your time to look more into it.
    -Not a system resource hog like some others
    -Some interesting extras like a browser plugin and update management of attack-prone 3rd party software.

    Cons

    -Make sure you only install the features you want. Some don't like the browser plugin for example and I have seen installers of Avast with adware placement in them.
    -Mandatory registration for continued use

    Summary

    Reasonably good protection (consistently above average, but not the best) against virii and malware. It has a nag every now and then to entice you to buy the 'Pro' version. I reckon I see them about once a month and whenever you have to upgrade to the next version (which is yearly). But I guess that's part of the 'Free' model. They have to actually get money from somewhere to keep developing this product ;)

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