Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26519 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2014.9.0.2008
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 11, 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 288 votes

    • 5 star 236
    • 4 star 25
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 13
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    out of 26519 votes

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    • 4 star 4793
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 484
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5 stars

"Great free antivirus."

December 17, 2013  |  By RARW24

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

It really works!

Cons

Haven't found any.

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5 stars

"Great product"

December 17, 2013  |  By ISeeWhatGoesOn

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

Easy to download and use.

Seems to do good job of protecting systems.

Cons

Does ask to upgrade to paid version but not as often as some of the other free virus protection software

Summary

This is the best free virus protection software according to Consumer Reports.

Installed on all my Windows based machines.

Not had any problems.

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5 stars

"The best and its free"

December 17, 2013  |  By pike bishop

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

I never had a problem unlike Norton or AVG,which I tried way back when.

Cons

none that I"ve found.

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4 stars

"Effective AV tool. Still good performer for WInXP."

December 17, 2013  |  By el buckster

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

Runs well on older systems and OSes (WinXP). Reliably finds bugs. Good product overall.

Cons

Scheduler is hard to find, often "tricks" users into install the trial version. Yearly re-registry can leave less savvy users without AV protection.

Summary

Good overall AV with reliable track record. Somewhat cumbersome configuration panel with some options not easily located. Yearly registration is a small annoyance.

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5 stars

"Best antivirus hands down!"

December 17, 2013  |  By glertsgal

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

It doesn't hog memory, it works quickly and quietly in the background. I have not been virused once in the years I have used this. (I switched after 2 other virus programs allowed Trojans to get through and crashed my laptop and desktops) It is an excellent product.

Cons

Occasional glitches with Internet Explorer after upgrades.

Summary

I recommended this to my family and friends. We all use Avast and I never plan to use anything else. When a free version works better than all those expensive ones out there, it is worth anything to keep it. Thanks Avast!

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5 stars

"10+ years and going strong."

December 17, 2013  |  By agFinder

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

Effortless to use. Always just works.

Cons

there are none

Summary

I've never had an infection in the 10+ years I've been using Avast! although there have been many attempts. During this time I've been an IT pro using my computer for heavy lifting almost every day. I've also worked on computers which were very heavily infected ... until I could get Avast! on them, that is. I've seen it work miracles in an emergency and consistently prevent emergencies. Can't say enough good things about Avast!

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5 stars

"Best free antivirus program available in the market."

December 16, 2013  |  By getwealth100

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

I have been using Avast for the last three years and have visited a lot of sites and Avast saved my computer many times from being infected by viruses and malwares and never ever let them to infect my computer.

Cons

I dont really see any cons in Avast.

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5 stars

"Best anti-virus out there , period ."

December 16, 2013  |  By billy456_99

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

auto updating , doesn't harass me to "upgrade" every time I turn around .

Cons

to be honest I can't think of any

Summary

I recommend this anti-virus software to everyone I know . It is the only one that has in 5 years not let one virus on my computer - none of the "big boys" can sy that .

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5 stars

"ABSOLUTE Security (in my experience)with WinXP firewall"

December 16, 2013  |  By Phrankenstein

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

I used to use AVG until they updated with a silly interface a few years ago. I discovered AVAST thereafter and can't fault it. Easy to use and very secure.

Cons

Seriously, I don't have any criticism of the product but I don't understand why these Free Virus producers don't offer a Paypal Donation Button! I'd be happy to contribute in this way

Summary

It does everything I need for peace of mind on my Windows XP system.

Thank you AVAST!!

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5 stars

"working best"

December 16, 2013  |  By sunm19

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2008

Pros

very, very good

Cons

free version

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2014.9.0.2008
  • 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 11, 2013
Date Added November 11, 2013
Version 2014.9.0.2008
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, 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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