Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26318 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2014.9.0.2006
  • Total Downloads:
    330,192,213
  • Date Added:
    October 15, 2013
  • File Size:
    4.64MB
  • 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
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26318 votes

    • 5 star 19193
    • 4 star 4769
    • 3 star 821
    • 2 star 478
    • 1 star 1057
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  • 5 stars

    "Old favourite serves well."

    October 19, 2014   |   By Cybrin

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It's free!
    It works, and works well, has done for years.
    Avast was first recommended to me by my father and I have come to trust Aiwill to keep out the nasties.

    Cons

    No free firewall.
    The odd advert trying to get you to upgrade (not very intrusive, but it's still an advert).

    Summary

    This is a great package, from a great company that has been delivering great service for me, my family and a lot of my friends for years.
    Worth every star. * * * * *

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  • 5 stars

    "There is nothing better than Avast!"

    October 19, 2014   |   By historicwaldo

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Avast! always warns me of the "bad" stuff trying to get into my computer. I love that.

    Cons

    I've only had Avast! for a few years, so have not yet discovered any Cons.

    Summary

    I highly recommend Avast! to anyone for any computer.

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  • 4 stars

    "Doing Real Well so far."

    October 19, 2014   |   By fredg06

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to use screens, and easy to find out how to make changes, with a little time.

    Cons

    The free version does NOT have a place to schedule scans!! I found a website telling how to set it, but it wants too much information on user names and passwords, that I changed my mind on trying it.
    You cannot set it to scan on certain days at certain times, like AVG.
    If one could set it to a scheduled scan(s), I would have given Avast a 5 star.

    Summary

    I use Windows XP, and used AVG for the last 6 years. However, AVG finally currupted some files and would no longer protect me, with it's window showing "No protection"
    I unstalled all of it, and now am using Avast.
    I like it, after I found how to disable "Software updating" of all my software....If I want to update anything, I will do it myself. I like my Opera 12, and want to keep it !!

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  • 3 stars

    "I will have a see how go it is."

    October 18, 2014   |   By customcars

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    ..........

    Cons

    I installed Avast Free Antivirus 2014 version: 2014.9.0.2021
    and a pop up from avg came up and said
    threat: found Malsign.opencandy.7a4
    Odject name: c:\Program Files\AVAST software\Avast\aswRec.dll

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  • 5 stars

    "Does what it should."

    October 18, 2014   |   By BurghNative1967

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to use, fast, full control of the program, self updating, did I mention FREE? You can get the mobile version for your phone, also FREE!

    Cons

    There are no cons with this program.

    Summary

    I have been using the Avast free edition since 2003 and have never had an issue. This is simple folks, it works better than the rest and it is FREE! I have tried all the others and the free version of Avast beats them all hands down and once again IT IS FREE! Truly free, you don't pay anything.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Best Free Anti-Virus"

    October 18, 2014   |   By b-12-12-1990

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It is strong even though it is free.

    Cons

    Nothing I know of.

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  • 5 stars

    "The best Free anti Virus prog bar none"

    October 18, 2014   |   By temple231

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I have tried many over the years and this to me is the best for detection

    Cons

    Nothing really

    Summary

    The best, combined with Norton is unbeatable if your system will allow it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Days of buying annual antivirus subscriptions are over!"

    October 17, 2014   |   By contentwithgod

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    -Quality Excellent
    -Rivals others I've paid much $$ for, i.e., Kaspersky, Norton
    -Free doesn't equal trading off a gateway to spam, bugs, ads.. w/ Avast
    -I simply set it & forget it. Scans & Daily Virus Definitions automatically taken care of
    -It's found a few viruses, but in no case have they slipped through.
    -Combined w/ the Free "Glary Utilities" I found together they accomplish what the Avast upgrade version offered which they provided the initial 30 days in trial. In fact, setting Avast on auto-scan & auto-update.. & daily doing "Glary's" one-click maintenance tool is AS thorough & isn't confusing as I found complete version of Avast to be. The free avast was/is more than enough for my purposes. Thanks for a GREAT piece of software!

    Cons

    -Nothing with Free Version. However, the full version Avast can be confusing even for advanced PC users. It's not due to the interface, the look & function of the every bit of Avast software is neat, clean & professional. In my opinion, the confusion I can hardly list as a "con" because I believe it's due to a limitless wealth of different applications & abilities which consequently can be a bit overwhelming. Get the Free Avast, and download "Glary Utilities" in combo for free.. which accomplishes defragmenting, finding & removing broken links, empty files, duplicate files & so forth. And, it's just me, but I also have the free SafeZone as a pure Firewall App & it seems to integrate flawlessly with Avast Antivirus, in some ways offering a double layer of security.

    Summary

    Don't waste your money on the paid ones.. I was always adimate about dishing out the moo-lah necessary to purchase a good antivirus, in large part due to a very bad experience I had with McAfee's Free Antivirus which added a ga-zillion search bars without warning or permission, and adware.. spyware.. til it made my computer crash. It was no coincidence when the same later happened to some close relatives of ours for the same reasons. Though I didn't have those problems when getting Norton & after a few yrs subscribing to that, switching to Kaspersky; the fact remains that they cost $$ & it's a ever-lasting expense forward, not to mention BOTH occupied too much virtual memory, often making it slow & even in some cases, freeze. I did a lot of searching when I found Avast & mainly paid attention to the reviews & the reviews were impressive, so here I am. Almost a year later, writing a review of my own while truly understanding why so many persist to brag highly on this software. It really is exceptional.. & those who will appreciate it most are those who have always gotten paid versions & switch to this one. There is no noticeable differences.. it rivals all others I tried (paid versions)... does the job very well without harassing me with pop-ups, ads, or subscription days that remain "reminder popups" like Norton entirely overblows.. best of all, it doesn't slow my computer down or ever interrupt my use of the computer. Thanks for Avast Free Antivirus!

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  • 5 stars

    "Free virus protection that actually works?!?!"

    October 17, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Free virus protection that actually works?!?! You can't ask for anything more than that! The updates are amazing and your are notified when you have visited a dangerous website. I am happy with my discovery and I tell everyone I know about the product.

    Cons

    I am sure there are cons, but, for what I need, they don't come up. Would I like more protection for free? Who wouldn't? But I am getting exactly what I need and I am happy with it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Recommended and installed by internet service provider!"

    October 16, 2014   |   By TrueUpdater

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Avast gives security of mind to both me and my email recipients. It is constantly being updated seemingly more than once in 24 hours!
    The UK's biggest ISP recommended having it installed which is sufficient recommendation for me.

    Cons

    Avast has no recognisable downside.

    Summary

    No one should hesitate whether this is the security system for them. It is!

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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 Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 4.64MB
    File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 330,192,213
    Downloads Last Week 991,546
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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