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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 25,833 votes

    • 5 star: 18812
    • 4 star: 4710
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 470
    • 1 star: 1035
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not bad for a free program"

    April 22, 2014  |   By happy17307

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Easy to install and work with, works well.

    Cons

    Wants you to upgrad to paid version. Sometimes is misleading that you may need to pay for this when it is the free version. Watch when you install.

    Summary

    Great program, just need to pay attention when you install that you install the Free version and not one of the paid versions. The free version works well and you don't need the paid version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it's definitely the most effective free anti- virus"

    April 22, 2014  |   By arjmoffice

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    the amazing anti- virus

    Cons

    the ultimate of all free anti- virus

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  • 4.0 stars

    "*** LOUD POPUP *** but effective top software"

    April 21, 2014  |   By jgray110

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Especially keeps computer clean online and offline

    Cons

    A loud bling update interrupted my recording and I had to start all over again, I was about ready to crown them.

    Summary

    Very good software with lots of options but a loud obnoxious popup is obtrusive and annoying and should be muted at least with a more pleasant low volume sound.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good product"

    April 21, 2014  |   By olimonkey

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Unobtrusive & fast

    Cons

    Unsure of protection, but nothing so far

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic!"

    April 20, 2014  |   By Haydenmurphy

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Very fast and fluid, very active protection you can always see the icon spinning in the notification area showing you that its constantly working away. Detects the smallest of things instantly especially when online and an Ad pops up its blocks it straight away and gives you a detailed report on it! Would recommend to everyone!

    Cons

    Could not find much to fault with

    Summary

    A fantastic program, would recommend to any computer user!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I forgot Why I got rid of it the first time!"

    April 19, 2014  |   By galet09

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Free? That's about it.

    Cons

    Uses too much memory, and causes problems for my computer.

    Summary

    I forgot that the reason I got rid of it a few years ago is that the program uses too much memory. However I uninstalled my other anti-virus which was Ad-Aware because it hung when trying to apply the latest update definition. As soon as Avast is installed it starts running a dang scan! Automatically! Did I ask it to do this? No! Plus I can't hardly do ANYTHING on my computer while it's doing it's thing, like the Dropbox crap and things popping up. It was a freaking nightmare. I hate this product and I'm with the other user that asked if they could rate it a zero.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can I rate it lower than 0?"

    April 19, 2014  |   By 2inver3ness

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    I used Avast free version in the past, and liked it very much. Did everything it said it would quietly in the background. I checked the reports, had no issues.

    Cons

    Just got a new laptop, read the Aast CNET review which was very good indeed, and downloaded Avast free again. Within 10 minutes I was pulling my hair out. Avast was doing its job, but announced it with a popup and audio alert each time. I searched online for ways to turn popups off, and followed the directions to no avail. I then uninstalled and reinstalled Avast, hoping that something had gone wrong the 1st time. Nope. I can understand alerting me if I have to DO something, but not just to say "Hey, look at me!" Called tech support and was told that there is no way to turn off the pop-ups unless I make a purchase or pay for them to remote into my computer. During that the 3 minute call, I got 6 pop-ups! Goodbye!!!

    Summary

    No matter how well it's doing the job, "free" shouldn't mean they get to aggravate you until you pay.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "On All My devices"

    April 18, 2014  |   By michnote1

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Everything that this pgm has to offer works for me. If other aspects of it was free I would have them also rather than have to test other

    Cons

    It is not totally free

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