Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26507 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2014.9.0.2006
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 15, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; Requires a free registration after 30 days
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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 26507 votes

    • 5 star 19335
    • 4 star 4793
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 483
    • 1 star 1069
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5 stars

"works perfect"

November 01, 2013  |  By chucku2480

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

it works for what i use it for with no problems(thats the best review you can give to any software these days)

Cons

none that i've had

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5 stars

"the best free antivirus there is."

November 01, 2013  |  By det1162

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

I have been using avast free anti-virus on my own for 4 years now. And I have put it on all my families computers.

Cons

It does not stop all viruses, but it will get get virus out.

Summary

I will still use this and I will rec-amend to friends and family.

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5 stars

"better than most pay anti-virus"

November 01, 2013  |  By clozo187

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

just a great anti-virus

Cons

none that i can think of. they should have a turn off pc after scan check box.

Summary

i always recommend Avast free

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5 stars

"avast free-my preferred choice"

November 01, 2013  |  By jerav3

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

easy to use and maintain

Cons

nothing to say for a free software

Summary

I wouldn't use any other

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5 stars

"Never a problem best anti-virus so far Thanks"

November 01, 2013  |  By Sam Landrum

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

Just download and let it work....

Cons

None yet !!!!

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1 stars

"Lousy Customer Support, will not purchase software"

November 01, 2013  |  By rog2008

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

The product at least opens on Windows 7 and 8.

Cons

Customer support is not worth the price of the product.

Summary

So I've been running the trial version of the software for about 2 weeks now up to the time of this article. I've been planning on purchasing the product to use on my personal home computers. In addition to Avast I run Input Director for sharing my keyboard/mouse across those machines. In the last few days I've noticed that ID was not making a connection to the other computers within the network. I traced the root of the problem to the Avast firewall blocking the port and application. Ok no biggie its an easy fix. Just open the port and set the application permissions in Avast and I'll be good to go. Also to confirm that it was Avast causing the issue I uninstalled the software from all the machines, restarted and Input Director works just fine. Being that I was still new to Avast I decided to contact Avast technical support. I explained to them my intention to purchase and that I was running the TRIAL version of AVAST INTERNET SECURITY. I also explained the issue I was having and confirmed with him that it was Avast causing the problem, not a hardware, Windows OS or ID issue. Avast was simply blocking the software. His response was that he did not have the knowledge or the technical expertise to troubleshoot my problem. I commented to him that I knew exactly what ports needed to be open on Avast and what settings needed to be fixed to allow Input Director to run properly. Again he stated that he couldn't help me. I cannot understand how a technical support representative doesn't have the knowledge of how his/her own product works. I eventually figured out where to go into the application to open the ports but with the comments the technical support rep gave me I have no confidence that Avast is really the product I want to have. I will not spend my money on a product where I cannot rely on the technical support to assist me.

Updated on Nov 1, 2013

kyle, I agree with Susans comment about Avast's customer support. Please see my review on the product. I knew exactly what needed to be fixed I just couldn't find it in the application and the support rep just said sorry I can't help you because I don't know what to do.

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2 stars

"Stop scanning my games, damnit."

November 01, 2013  |  By Glodwran

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

It helps keep my computer clean.

Cons

Constant popups are really annoying, asking for ratings all the time is really annoying, and the scan on applications THAT YOU CAN'T TURN OFF is the ******* worst. I know what I'm opening. NOW LET ME GOD DAMN OPEN IT!

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5 stars

"One of the best"

November 01, 2013  |  By nuki007

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

Got many options for free license

Cons

Nothing to say for a free software

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5 stars

"Best programme yet"

November 01, 2013  |  By ljl1959

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

Fast and easy to use and understand

Cons

not sure of any cons

Summary

I wouldn't use any other

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5 stars

"The best free anti virus available."

November 01, 2013  |  By ElenaDamon23

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2006

Pros

Quick
User friendly
Easy
Boot time scan

Cons

No firewall

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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 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 333,735,609
Downloads Last Week 1,155,403
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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