Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26222 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2014.9.0.2008
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
November 11, 2013
Price:
Free; Requires a free registration after 30 days
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
325,973,216
Downloads Last Week:
1,040,821
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26222 votes

    • 5 star: 19120
    • 4 star: 4754
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1056
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 289 votes

    • 5 star: 237
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 13
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  • 5 stars

    "Good Anti Virus"

    September 23, 2014   |   By kurianmarattil

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Its a free version

    Cons

    Nothing noticed so far

    Summary

    overall I am satisfied

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  • 5 stars

    "Very beautiful for me"

    September 22, 2014   |   By GamblerZou

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Very beautiful for me

    Cons

    No cons from what I can see.

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  • 1 stars

    "Anti Virus Software that Installs Adware? No thanks!"

    September 22, 2014   |   By Disappointeddownload

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Well, it is free so at least they aren't charging you for the surreptitious adware.

    Cons

    It seems very lame and unethical that Avast installs adware on your computer. I highly recommend staying away--I wish I had. CNET should not recommend this.

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  • 5 stars

    "Avast is the fastest and most secure protection I found"

    September 22, 2014   |   By The Big Unit

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Avast monitors everything you do in real time which decreases the load on your computer, eliminates the need to scan your entire system and increases the chance of catching a virus before it has a chance to do any harm. What I mean is that Avast won't slow your computer down like others I've used and it works. It catches everything even if a download is only part way through and it's infected. Furthermore, avast won't pop up every 10 seconds with suspicious content. If Avast says it's a virus, there's a great chance it is.

    Cons

    I can't use it on my iphone. I'm not sure there is a need to, but I've been using Avast for at least 4 years now and have tested 14 other brands of protection without an equal.

    Summary

    I wouldn't trust my machine and my data with any other brand of protection and it's the only scanner I need to have installed on my machine. I do use surfright.nl from time to time on other peoples infected machines but that's because they used another product. I always install Avast, and delete their old protection, before I let them go.

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  • 5 stars

    "Always been kind to me."

    September 21, 2014   |   By emoney82

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Free. Works non stop and easy to use.

    Cons

    Only once I had a problem and I needed a special uninstaller program to remove in order to reinstall.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best anti-virus there is!"

    September 21, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Quickly installs and scans viruses
    Exceptional boot time scan that eliminates many difficult viruses
    Free version works perfectly well

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    I install Avast! on every PC I work on and never hear any issues about viruses again (or until they stop updating)
    I've been using Avast! for many years myself and have yet to be infected even once
    The Interface is great and the program itself is very non-intrusive on the desktop, even sporting a silent mode for gaming if the user would like
    I'll definitely be using Avast as long as I can

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  • 5 stars

    "You really do not have to be worried for virus anymore"

    September 21, 2014   |   By AbdulRButt

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    who ever uses it definitely refer and recommend to others and thats how the family grows

    Cons

    There cannot be a perfect service or should I say a complete service, there is a door for improvement and innovation always. I have never used their paid services that's why I cannot say much about them, but the FREE version works best for me and my family

    Summary

    Thank you for keep us safe from infection of deadly viruses :D

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent freeware!"

    September 21, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Everything about it :)

    Cons

    Don't like the advertisements of disk errors etc...

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  • 5 stars

    "The BEST antivirus software available"

    September 20, 2014   |   By gmillwater

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I've been using Avast Free for since it was released and it's saved my butt many times over. I've been using PC's, workstations, and mini's since the beginning and was a die hard Norton guy. But the throughput was very slow even among the Symantec days. From the first time I used Avast I was like WOW. It does what it's supposed to do without all the overhead of the others. Download it now! You WILL NOT be disappointed. Take it from a "Platforms Developer".

    Cons

    Nothing to report.

    Summary

    Everything

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  • 4 stars

    "Really great overall!"

    September 20, 2014   |   By SusyQU2

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Really like that it communicates with you.
    Keeps you updated.

    Cons

    Seems to have slowed down the start up process considerably since initial install.
    I manually clear cookies out of my server.

    Summary

    Suggest that you offer a month free with full services. Communicate what processes you are providing during that month that aren't free and how you are employing them on my computer to make it more efficient. (So that I understand the value of what you want me to pay for.) I would like an antivirus software that was more interactive to end user's needs through clear, simple collaboration. Help me to understand how you are protecting my computer and educate me with tips to be online smart and savy.

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