Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26325 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2014.9.0.2013
  • Total Downloads:
    330,616,138
  • Date Added:
    January 23, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    991,546
  • 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

    4.0

    out of 89 votes

    • 5 star 54
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 12
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26325 votes

    • 5 star 19199
    • 4 star 4770
    • 3 star 820
    • 2 star 479
    • 1 star 1057
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5 stars

"The best I have used"

October 22, 2014  |  By oxfordmo1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

It is there looking after your computer even when you think it is not there

Cons

Asks to remove programmes I have used for years with no proper explanation why

Summary

overal the best I have used and I have tried a few

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4 stars

"Best free anti-virus software I've found."

October 22, 2014  |  By SJHH

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Extremely thorough, runs very quietly in background and does a great job.

Cons

Not very keen on more intrusive nature of newer versions but still does the main task very well indeed.

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5 stars

"Great product, old AND new versions."

October 22, 2014  |  By gritchie1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I have used Avast for years without a single hiccup. It's stopped a number of "nasties," and I recommend it to all my friends and family. Thanks for a great product, Avast. :-)

Cons

None that I've come across.

Summary

Wouldn't it be nice if all downloads were as efficient and trustworthy as Avast?!

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2 stars

"Protects too much."

October 22, 2014  |  By fraterphoenix

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

None. Sorry about that. Just about all 3rd party security software is just too much for everyday use online or off.

Cons

I have recently found out that 3rd party security software is too much for the average user. Gamers and even other software can be blocked to some degree if not completely by these type software. Unless you are a spy working for the government, I see no real reason to use 3rd party security software (free or otherwise). M.S. Essentials is enough.

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5 stars

"Does a good job without much fuss or system resources"

October 21, 2014  |  By AussiePete

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Simple to use when you get used to it the interface.
Uses little resources compared to some other virus programs.

Cons

Takes a while to find your way around the modern style settings and interface. I prefer a "classic" type user interface.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2014.9.0.2013
  • FIXED: Uninstalling avast! might have been stuck at "stopping service: avast! antivirus"
  • FIXED: Upload issues with Dropbox and Flickr
  • FIXED: Performance and stabilization issues in Stream Filter -- e.g. blocking of ajax calls
  • FIXED: Several firewall issues -- e.g. blocking of Google Earth
  • IMPROVED: General stability -- several crash scenarios fixed
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date January 23, 2014
Date Added January 23, 2014
Version 2014.9.0.2013
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 330,616,138
Downloads Last Week 991,546
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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