Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26321 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2014.9.0.2007
  • Total Downloads:
    330,470,041
  • Date Added:
    November 01, 2013
  • File Size:
    125.01MB
  • 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 132 votes

    • 5 star 102
    • 4 star 17
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 5
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    4.5

    out of 26321 votes

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    • 4 star 4769
    • 3 star 820
    • 2 star 478
    • 1 star 1057
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    "Does a good job without much fuss or system resources"

    October 21, 2014   |   By AussiePete

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

    Pros

    Simple to use when you get used to it the interface.
    Uses little resources compared to some other virus programs.

    Cons

    Takes a while to find your way around the modern style settings and interface. I prefer a "classic" type user interface.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2014.9.0.2007
    • Fixed connection issues from Java applets
    • Fixed issues with Security Center registration
    • Fixed problems with non english languages in RescueDisk
    • GUI fixes
    • Firewall fixes
    • Fixed issues with WinDVD and SQL connectors
    • Fixed issue with non-refreshing Metro apps in Win 8.1
    General
    Publisher AVAST Software
    Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
    Release Date November 01, 2013
    Date Added November 01, 2013
    Version 2014.9.0.2007
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Antivirus Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 125.01MB
    File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 330,470,041
    Downloads Last Week 991,546
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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