Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26337 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2014.9.0.2006
  • Total Downloads:
    330,784,384
  • Date Added:
    October 15, 2013
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    991,546
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 192 votes

    • 5 star 147
    • 4 star 28
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 8
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1 stars

"DISAPPOINTED by AVAST 2015, BLOCKED ALL INTERNET ACCESS"

October 24, 2014  |  By TechnicalSupport972

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Previous versions of AVAST were excellent, however... cannot support using this convoluted and conflicted software update from 2014 version to 2015 version.

Cons

AVAST! 2015 BLOCKED ALL INTERNET CONNECTIONS!!! The older version was nearly flawless but 2015 is a trainwreck. I've suggested AVAST to hundreds of customers but NOT NOW - the 2015 version has PROBLEMS galore!

I had to completely UNINSTALL AVAST 2015 to gain control of browsers and software.

Summary

Do NOT download/upgrade to AVAST! 2015 yet, wait for major corrections and improvements.
HORRIBLY disappointed in trusting AVAST! to perform platform compatibility tests before unleashing this complicated monstrosity on the public.

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5 stars

"The best keeps getting better."

October 24, 2014  |  By bob3160

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

For a simple and successful install of Avast take a look at this video: http://youtu.be/1kTqm7P1KtU

Cons

I'm still looking.

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5 stars

"Best ever in my book ! <br /> <br />The absolute best ever in my"

October 24, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Simple - easy & very effective !

Cons

None what so ever -

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1 stars

"Used to be good - now, not so much."

October 23, 2014  |  By Basuto9

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I found it's easy to uninstall, anyway.

Cons

I've been an Avast user for years and was happy with it, at least until recent versions. It constantly interrupts me on the Internet and tells me it has saved me - it "saves" me from sites like AT&T.net, Walmart, Walgreen's and similar others. I've been reporting these false positives for at least one year, but nothing seems to have been done at Avast. I finally gave up (tired of reporting "False Positives"), uninstalled Avast and downloaded AVG instead. At least AVG lets me go to my regular safe sites without stopping me and trumpeting it just saved me from Amazon or B&H Photo.

Summary

If Avast ever does anything about their faulty algorithms/sensitivities I would be happy to use it again, but the way it is now? No.

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5 stars

"The best and easiest to use"

October 23, 2014  |  By cjdj

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I've used Avast Free Antivirus and I feel it is the best of any antivirus.

Cons

I don't have any "cons".

Summary

It's free, easy to use and does a great job of protecting my computer. It updates automatically and just keeps improving with new features. I wouldn't use anything else!

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5 stars

"Good free product"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free and does a good job at protecting

Cons

Pop ups can be annoying. Writing a review to get rid of a pop up now

Summary

Great free option for protecting your computer.

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5 stars

"Protects more then enough!"

October 23, 2014  |  By leftylaska

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free version catches bad sites. Does more then most anti virus programs but does not make it difficult for you to uninstall.

Cons

Have had for a few years now and can not find any.

Summary

Best for the money (-;

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4 stars

"Works well, spams too many adverts."

October 23, 2014  |  By Zognorf

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Seems to do its job without slowing down my system.

Cons

Keeps telling me I have "dangerous search engines" or some-such, by which it means Google, and wants to replace it with another one nobody uses.

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5 stars

"Simple and super fast to sort those Nasty Gremlins"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Boot scan is a weapon, finds 90% of the issues
Software updater is super useful
Easy use interface
Self updates with a vocal notification

Cons

Doesn't always get new virus's occurring,or at least straight away.
Some older virus have been over sited and not found
The bad tool bar remover cleans great but will keep adjusting your web browser search to BING OR YAHOO .? really i do understand its a free protections and these simply seem to be sponsors but very annoying

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5 stars

"My PC's personal bodyguard and protector.....!!!!!"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free
Real time scans (Online & offline)
Best thing I like is the boot time scan feature
Very nice UI

Cons

Have been using avast since last 4-5 years and didnt face any issue as of now

Summary

Reliable and surf without any worries coz avast gonna take care of everything else.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2014.9.0.2006
  • New Features: Redesigned interface, Do Not Track, Cloud Scanning, DeepScreening, Hardened Mode, and Rescue Disk;
  • Improvements: Installation, Performance, Streaming Updates, Shield Protection, and avast! Account integration.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date October 15, 2013
Date Added October 15, 2013
Version 2014.9.0.2006
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 330,784,384
Downloads Last Week 991,546
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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