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Avast Free Antivirus 2014

CNET Editors' review

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 User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 25,826 votes

    • 5 star: 18810
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 470
    • 1 star: 1033
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 91 votes

    • 5 star: 56
    • 4 star: 14
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Once good company now total scam"

    March 17, 2014  |   By DrStone7

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    The anti-virus software is very strong and does not kill system resources. Powerful, but a bit on the complex side if you need to run a home network through the firewall.

    Cons

    All the stinking adds for their services start out as annoying, but if you buy one they go from annoying to down right scam. My mom made the mistake of buying one of their new products "Grime Fighter". It failed while running the first time and when she rebooted system had lost her user profile. When she called support for help they told her she had 2 hours to pay them $180 for premium support or she would loose all her files for good. She was scared so she paid them, they got the system running again, but after all that the grime fighter does nothing, keeps reporting the same 18-20 issues.

    Summary

    A once great tool that seems to have went down the drain. This company is now just a HUGE scam. If you use this tool use it at your own risk, any major failure and your going have your data held hostage for $180 and these guys get access to your system. I am currently looking for a good replacement now.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's free and easy"

    March 17, 2014  |   By Surtees14786

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    very good

    Cons

    sandbox is no longer in free version (used to be)
    -

    Summary

    -excellent all around product that secures you system
    -preforms well in independent testing and is tested in all labs (many only use some labs or none).

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED HERE WITH AVAST"

    March 16, 2014  |   By THE TRUTH TELLER

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    WAS ABLE TO INSTALL

    Cons

    HAD INSTALLED ON FRESH SYSTEM AND ONE HOUR LATER HAD TO ANOTHER REINSTALL.

    Summary

    Don't what happened with avast maybe its just the free version? but there is virtually no protection what so ever!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent all around product that secures you system"

    March 14, 2014  |   By Rhys9854

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    -preforms well in independent testing and is tested in all labs (many only use some labs or none).
    -good company with solid track record.

    Cons

    -boot time scan
    -scans emails.
    -can password protect settings

    Summary

    -web site reputation bar extra (kinda like wot)
    -respectful of system resources.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great free antivirus!"

    March 13, 2014  |   By sean_surtees

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    As long as I don't install the Web Shield, it greatly slows down certain web browsing (especially Google Images searches) for me.

    Cons

    nice software...
    and easy to use..

    Summary

    Luckily it's not really required with today's quickly-updated secure web browsers (other than IE, that is), so a lot of system overhead can be avoided.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This antivirus program slows your computer way down!"

    March 12, 2014  |   By kentman333

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    Is free and that is about the only pro I can think of.

    Cons

    I had installed Avast Antivirus and read the AV Comparative tests (you can google it) that are done by and independent non-profit lab that compares the major anti-virus software programs and gives in-depth detail results of their performance. Avast did not rate well at all so I installed one of the two top-rated antivirus programs it tested and it has made a world of difference in my computer speed. It also found a trojan horse that Avast had missed.

    Summary

    Would not recommend Avast for the above reason.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Gets the job done!"

    March 11, 2014  |  

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    I got a virus with symptoms including repeated installation of a Firefox add-on and repeated hijacking of both Firefox and IE. Tried Malwarebytes, Spybot, Hijack This, TDSKiller, Combofix, AdAware, etc., etc., in addition to antivirus programs. Nothing worked. Then I tried Avast. It caught the problem and recommended a boot scan. Did that and I have been doing good so far. I was at my wits end with this hijacking so a BIG THANK YOU to Avast from a very grateful user.

    Cons

    Monitors updates on several components on my PC. Not a bad thing but I can't think of anything close to a Con so I'm putting this in.

    Summary

    Save yourself some time hunting for stuff to get rid of your malware and give this a shot.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent product"

    March 9, 2014  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    -excellent all around product that secures you system
    -preforms well in independent testing and is tested in all labs (many only use some labs or none).
    -good company with solid track record.
    -web site reputation bar extra (kinda like wot)
    -respectful of system resources.
    -boot time scan
    -scans emails.
    -can password protect settings

    Cons

    -sandbox is no longer in free version (used to be)
    -

    Summary

    its been a while since I used this and I'm very pleased with it again. I was dumping an antivirus and looking at replacements, eventually I settled on the big 3 (avast, avira, avg). these 3 are very comparable and choosing between them is difficult. avira did slightly better in independent lab testing (barely, all 3 are close), so I went with it. It made me uninstall many other security products (which did not concern the other 2 - ex, a website rater and a demand scanner for spyware). I hate that. I complied and tried to install avira but received an install error. tried for couple hours then gave up (large download and was redownloaded 5 times - pain in the butt). went with avg next(because some testing indicated it was lighter on resources then other 2 for 2014 - it tested well but was not tested in all labs). installed fine and I liked it. unfortunately my install had a bug that would pop up a page of running code (apparently rare according to their blog). so I uninstalled it. lastly I tried avast. installed fine. didn't mind my other security products. and is running smoothly with no head aches.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Avast 2014 tracks you, puts onscreen ads, scan=useless"

    March 6, 2014  |   By loquiter

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    keeps out attacks

    Cons

    1. The 2014 version placed a tracking addon in my Firefox browser under the guise of safe surfing: It tracked the exact products I was looking at in amazon.com! & revealed itself by flashing on my screen that the product was cheaper on ebay! This is tracking, folks, it's watching every click and there is nothing stopping Avast from compiling the results. This can be disabled ONLY by going into the browser add-ons and disabling
    Avast's safe surfing addon.
    2. Avast settings where one can specify the amount of time for the right lower corner warnings, does not include Avast ads: the Avast ads sit there in the lower right corner until the "X" is clicked.
    3. Avast scan does not identify tracker files - I ran the Avast scan and it reported everything was fine; immediately thereafter I ran the Malwarebytes quick scan and there were numerous trackers that needed to be deleted.

    Summary

    Unfortunately, Avast now tracks the unsuspecting consumer, under the guise of safe surfing; Avast places ads in the lower right corner that sit there until you close them; Avast scan is useless.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good r"

    March 6, 2014  |   By rezacolonel

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2013

    Pros

    very good r

    Cons

    very good r

    Summary

    very good

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