Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26062 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:
316,898,962
Downloads Last Week:
869,959
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.

Final Verdict:

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 26062 votes

    • 5 star: 18995
    • 4 star: 4729
    • 3 star: 815
    • 2 star: 475
    • 1 star: 1048
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 290 votes

    • 5 star: 238
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 13
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  • 5 stars

    "I would highly recommend this software."

    July 22, 2014   |   By TornatoreEno

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Very good and efficient

    Cons

    Not yet, everything's great for me and my friends!

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  • 5 stars

    "Is a very efficient and non intrusive antivitus"

    July 22, 2014   |   By artvillagran

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Frecuent updates for new threats.

    Cons

    none I am using the free version

    Summary

    Is the best I know

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  • 5 stars

    "No fuss-No Viruses-No annoying intrusions"

    July 22, 2014   |   By trinitygirl007

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to install/use/update

    Cons

    The voice saying virus data base updated is a bit sing songy but really? If that's the only thing I think of that I don't like - happy days :)

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  • 5 stars

    "Its free,its effective ! No bundled add-ons or malware."

    July 22, 2014   |   By dbabuy

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    - Very effective in virus detection and elimination.
    - Friendly User interface, and good graphics representations.
    - Remote desktop/control is a very useful+unique feature.
    - Light ( less resource consuming).

    Cons

    - None i can think off

    Summary

    I have tried AVG,Avira,Norton antivirus. In my opinion Avast tops them all in many ways. The other are also good though.

    I can Recommend Avast without any hesitation.

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice and easy"

    July 21, 2014   |   By PidgeonBelka

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Fast, user-friendly design

    Cons

    Well, nothing to be said

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  • 1 stars

    "false positives scamming ALL software developers"

    July 21, 2014   |   By spreadthebutter

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/malware/automated-false-positives/

    Here is an article featuring over 300 comments from software developers and their hate for false positive:

    http://blog.nirsoft.net/2009/05/17/antivirus-companies-cause-a-big-headache-to-small-developers/

    Cons

    http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/malware/automated-false-positives/

    Here is an article featuring over 300 comments from software developers and their hate for false positive:

    http://blog.nirsoft.net/2009/05/17/antivirus-companies-cause-a-big-headache-to-small-developers/

    Summary

    http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/malware/automated-false-positives/

    Here is an article featuring over 300 comments from software developers and their hate for false positive:

    http://blog.nirsoft.net/2009/05/17/antivirus-companies-cause-a-big-headache-to-small-developers/

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice software"

    July 20, 2014   |   By vidicon2Daughtry

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Fast, user-friendly design

    Cons

    none. it works well

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  • 5 stars

    "A free antivirus for our busy environment"

    July 20, 2014   |   By mm006d0973

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Keeps your PC infection to a minimum with regular updates.

    Cons

    Well what can I say, well not a lot It works great with my PC.

    Summary

    I had trouble downloading a game the other day stopping me Installing It on my hard drive saying It was Infected, but knowing It was from a reliable source I Informed Avast via the false detection button and a day later was allowed to Install the same game..... It must have known ha ha the game was rubbish . Keep up the good fight.

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  • 4 stars

    "too good to be free!!"

    July 19, 2014   |   By ammumma

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    uses less memory, does not interfere with programs running....

    Cons

    none found so far...

    Summary

    suggested to many friends and colleagues who are also happy with Avast... :)

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  • 1 stars

    "Turned my old XP computer into a useless door stop."

    July 19, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Free to use

    Cons

    Purchased version for deep cleaning an old XP computer, and now the computer is worthless.

    Summary

    Have an old XP machine that was once my daughter's. She used Limewire on it in the old days of file sharing. The machine was very slow to boot and perform any tasks besides word processing. Purchased the $19.95 version to get it back to a healthy state, but it instead completely ruined the machine. It will not boot, all the lights are on but no beep.

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