Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26412 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2014.9.0.2007
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    November 01, 2013
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • 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
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26412 votes

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    • 4 star 4781
    • 3 star 825
    • 2 star 480
    • 1 star 1065
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4 stars

"The best anti-virus."

November 11, 2013  |  By 35centuser

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

Used this back many years ago, great customer service. Today I do not need to talk with anyone at Avast since software is flawless.

Cons

Not any I can think of

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5 stars

"great and it's free!!!"

November 11, 2013  |  By krystine81

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

this product is great and it is free so there's nothing to complain about. thanks avast for free service.

Cons

nothing to complain about

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5 stars

"Never had virus problems since I started using Avast."

November 11, 2013  |  By Cinth7

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

-Free
-Effective
-Doesn't eat memory or CPU
-Simple and easy to use
-Best antivirus on the market

Cons

-Can't think of any

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4 stars

"Happy with this product."

November 11, 2013  |  By dunloggin

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

updates regularly. seems to work well in the background.

Cons

Won't let me access a mainstream dairy business news website, because it tell me that one of the items in the page is a Trojan. I messaged the business and they were aware that Avast was viewing the item this way. But they assured me that it wasn't.
Pop ups sort of annoying, but I can live with that.

Summary

I'm happy with the product.

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4 stars

"Avast Free is more efficient than most paid antitvirus"

November 11, 2013  |  By PL2400

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

Updates virus definitions automatically
Tells whether sites are safe or not
Additional tools keep your software up to date
Simple interface

Cons

They try to get you to upgrade
They want you to rate Avast

Summary

Avast comes highly rated (by CNET and other sites) and is easy for even a novice to use. Although this is the free version, it protects against spyware, malware and viruses. The additional tools are also very helpful. I've been using this for over a year without any problems. Simple enough for any novice user, thorough enough to keep you safe.

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5 stars

"Great Stuff !!!"

November 11, 2013  |  By jrdutil

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

it's free, and it's the best I've ever used.

Cons

none, but I had to put a 10 character minimum here :)

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5 stars

"Great Product"

November 11, 2013  |  By TigressRich

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

Great for a free product does what I need it to and more.

Cons

No Complaints here.

Summary

I've had other products that constantly interfere with other programs running on my computer,with this one no such problems thus far. I would reccomend if you don't have this product you get it whenever you get around to it.

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5 stars

"THE BEST FREE ANTI-VIRUS"

November 11, 2013  |  By tyk2dapdoublee

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

LIGHT, EASY TO USE, NICE U.I, AND ONCE AGAIN ITS FREE..........

Cons

NONE I CAN THINK OF.........

Summary

IF YOU DONT HAVE IT, GET IT. AVAST IS NO.1........

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5 stars

"Does it all for free."

November 10, 2013  |  By AnotherSymbiote

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

Been using Avast for over 3 years without major issues. Scans, real-time protection, and more — all for free. Very impressive.

Cons

I didn't like their file reputation service (it causes a delay when launching programs while it checks the cloud for reputation stats), but it was easy to disable in the settings.

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4 stars

"Too Many Popups"

November 10, 2013  |  By llbeck

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2007

Pros

Seems to be good at alerting to potential viruses. It's free

Cons

Too many popups. Every hour or so I get a popup asking me to try one of their other products.

Summary

Well worth the popup frustration, but at times I consider looking for another free antivirus program that is less intrusive of my workflow.

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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 Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows 8, Windows XP
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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