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Avast Free Antivirus 2016

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2016.11.1.2245
  • Total Downloads:
    379,290,998
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.83MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    507,749
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Avast Free Antivirus is one of the most popular antimalware products around. The 2016 version overhauls the interface, but it could stand to be more informative.

Pros

A better interface: This year's version gets a row of icons at the top with intuitive images and labels, which animate when you hover over them, to help you see that you've selected them. Clicking each icon drops down a submenu, so you can browse all of them before making a move. If you get lost, just click the home icon that's always in the upper left to return you to the main menu.

Lots of optional settings: Overall, you have a fine degree of control over how Avast behaves. Clicking the gear icon on the far right takes you to Avast Free Antivirus's settings window, which has categories in the left-hand pane, and options for each category on the right. Clicking Active Protection shows you a submenu that breaks down file protection, email protection, and browser protection into three subcategories. Each of the three has a toggle to disable the whole element, which is handy when you already have other software installed that you prefer for one of those three roles. Click Customize to drill down into another set of categories and options specific to that role.

Free syncing password manager: Tools bundled with antimalware suites range widely in utility and quality, and the free suites rarely include a password manager. However, the one in Avast is pretty respectable. It provides extensions for Firefox and Chrome, which you can use to autofill your login information at websites. You create a master password that protects your list of individual site passwords, and you can also sync your list across devices. This requires you to create an account, but it's free. You can also import passwords stored by your browser. Avast doesn't make it clear if its list is encrypted, and the password manager doesn't have many settings to customize its behavior, but if you don't have a password manager, this is a decent entry point.

To sync with Android and iOS devices, you need a different app named Avast Passwords, available for free at the Google Play store and iTunes App Store. The Android version of Avast's security software doesn't bundle the manager, and there is no iOS version of Avast Mobile Security. You can also subscribe to a premium version of the password manager that lets you transmit your login info from your mobile device to your computer, if they are on the same Wi-Fi network, by tapping a button on your screen. This feature costs a modest $10 a year.

Streamlined system software updater: Avast Free Antivirus can quickly scan your computer for outdated software, and updating is integrated into the app's interface. It creates a list of programs that need to be updated, and you need only click the button next to the program's name to get the latest version. Avast noticed that Java was out-of-date on our device, a problem that can create serious security holes. Because of Avast Free Antivirus's update integration, we didn't have to go to the Java website and hunt down the correct pages and links. This might not be important for advanced users, but it also won't get in their way, because the update scan is optional and doesn't hound you to use it.

Cons

The sales pitch can be tricky to navigate: A free program still costs money to make, and its maker will use a variety of methods to persuade you to become a paying customer. Avast Free Antivirus's main method is to put some tools in its interface that redirect you to purchase pages when you click them, or -- in the case of the VPN service -- entering you into a free 7-day trial that you can stumble into if you click too quickly. In the case of Avast Cleanup -- integrated into the Scan menu as "scan for performance issues" -- the tool goes through the process of checking for things that needs to be fixed, then redirects you to sales pitch when you tell the tool to fix the problems that it's discovered.

It's not necessarily a bad thing if an app integrates sales pitches into its interface. However, Avast Free Antivirus indicates two different price structures if you decide to upgrade to Avast Internet Security. The UI tells you that you will be paying $29.99, with an original MSRP of $69.99. But when you click that button, you'll be sent to a window with three choices, where the default choice is a two-year subscription of $39.99. Or you can get one year of coverage for $19.99. None of the MSRPs on this second window screen are $69.99, so it's not 100% clear if this is the same product, or what has been lost -- if anything -- by going from $29.99 to $19.99. On the bright side, PayPal is an option, if you prefer not to use a credit card.

VPN service overstates its abilities: When you log in to the seven-day VPN trial, Avast Free Antivirus tells you, "Your Internet activity is now completely invisible so nobody can spy on you," but that isn't necessarily true. Your Internet service provider can still detect that you're connecting to a VPN, and someone can monitor the VPN's exit point back onto the public Internet and keep logs of that activity. And a VPN doesn't necessarily protect you when you transmit personally identifiable information while using it, nor does it protect you from malware that may already be on your computer, recording what you type or which websites you access.

Bottom Line

According to AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, Avast's antivirus engine is relatively fast and accurate without bogging your system down, making it one of the best free antivirus apps around. And the password manager has cloud syncing across Windows, iOS, and Android devices, a feature that the other managers would usually make you pay for. But it would be better if the free and premium components were more clearly distinguished.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 100 votes

    • 5 star 71
    • 4 star 12
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 9
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 27375 votes

    • 5 star 19957
    • 4 star 4918
    • 3 star 876
    • 2 star 507
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5 stars

"Best FREE Antivirus that I have used."

February 05, 2016  |  By SPLaxten

2016-02-05 15:33:26  |  By SPLaxten

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

Easy to install. Keeps computer safe

Cons

Pop up upgrade ads can be annoying at times.

Summary

I will keep using

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5 stars

"AWESOME !!!"

February 05, 2016  |  By dr1cpu

2016-02-05 12:09:26  |  By dr1cpu

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

EXCELLENT ! AVAST ANTIVIRUS APPLICATION ! USER FRIENDLY, USES LESS (TSR) MEMORY USEAGE. SO, THERE ! AVAST, IS AWESOME! DR. GENE JOHNSON, Ph. D. 02-05-2016. I APPROVE, AND USE AVAST ANTIVIRUS APPLICATIONS. MERCY ! SMILES...

Cons

VIRUS PROTECTION 100 % !
NO CONS SPOKEN HERE!

Summary

TRY AND BUY !

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5 stars

"great virus protection software runs quietly"

February 03, 2016  |  By vdcosta1

2016-02-03 10:03:05  |  By vdcosta1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

fast downloads on upgrades, runs quietly in the background, does not interfere with other applications, stays on top with virus protection.

Cons

sometimes tends to block software that is't a malware. but that may be a good thing for software that lacks authentication certificates.

Summary

overall I love Avast. I have been using the home version for years now and have no complaints. I often recommend it to friends and acquaintances. Its free, safe, keeps up to date with new viruses and malware, and does a marvellous job to keep my pc protected.

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5 stars

"Effective."

February 02, 2016  |  By jreelad

2016-02-02 16:41:46  |  By jreelad

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

Have been using Avast! anti-virus for several years with no problems. Straight forward and easy to use.

Cons

None to report.

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1 stars

"Got a Trojan"

February 01, 2016  |  By Cattain

2016-02-01 02:35:33  |  By Cattain

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

I am unsure.

Cons

It seemed to work well but took up a lot of resources. Frequent nags. When I discovered a trojan was the source of my poor performance( for months! ) I got rid of Avast.

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5 stars

"Excellent free anti-virus. Best on the Net."

January 28, 2016  |  By Guildster

2016-01-28 15:17:31  |  By Guildster

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

Install and forget. Cloud updates daily.

Cons

Occasional advertising pop-ups from Avast. Maybe one a week at most. Small price for excellent protection.

Summary

This is the Free Anti-Virus program you have been looking for.

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5 stars

"I've been using Avast for about 8 years now."

January 26, 2016  |  By Kevint6765

2016-01-26 08:26:23  |  By Kevint6765

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

Does not take up much of my system's resources
Settings you can fiddle around with to make it less intrusive

Cons

Uhhh I dunno, I feel guilty for not paying for the full service
Oh and the (20 second) popups at the bottom right corner of your screen that you can't turn off unless on the paid version. This occurs usually after your computer boots up.

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5 stars

"Avast has worked well for 10 years on several computers"

January 25, 2016  |  By jwlemke1

2016-01-25 08:17:16  |  By jwlemke1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

Easy to install
Don't have to deal with it much
Has saved us from a few virus problems
Reasonably priced

Cons

You will sometimes get a nuisance upgrade pitch.

Summary

Reliable, excellent value

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5 stars

"using it from 6 years"

January 25, 2016

2016-01-25 08:14:04

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

protect from every virus and infection. keep my pc run smooth

Cons

no cons except its free

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3 stars

"Minus 2.5 stars for recent gorilla advertising tactics."

January 22, 2016  |  By gbenninger

2016-01-22 01:39:09  |  By gbenninger

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2016 2016.11.1.2245

Pros

Free, seems to keep most infections in check.

Cons

Pop ups, gorilla tactics to trick less savvy users into paying for services they don't need, falsely adverting sales when the prices have not changed

Summary

Avast you were the tool which IT professionals used to protect their end user communities outside of work. Every IT professional supports friends and family and you used to be one of the major tools in that arsenal. Instead of trying to trick the users we support with your product you could have just been honest about your services. The users that trusted us to give them a reliable experience. Now I recommend Kaspersky to users who want a more comprehensive antivirus suite because I can't trust you with my reputation. I recommend Avast if they are looking for a free solution but it comes with a warning about your advertising tactics.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2016.11.1.2245
  • Added option to disable the email signature to Setttings-> General ( https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=179178.0 )
  • SafeZone browser now automatically imports bookmarks and passwords from old SafeZone
  • Added shortcut for SafeZone browser to systray menu
  • Passwords extension for Firefox is now signed
  • Added icons for scans
  • HTTPS scanning now supports SPDY protocol
  • Fixed problems with browsing on Windows XP
  • Fixed issues with expired certificates needed for HTTPS scanning
  • Update popup not shown when just checking for latest version ( https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=179633.0 )
  • Fixed missing option to delete custom scan
  • Fixed wrong displayed text in menu
  • Fixed problems with SecureDNS
  • Fixed missing Spanish language in Home network security
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site https://www.avast.com
Release Date November 23, 2015
Date Added November 23, 2015
Version 2016.11.1.2245
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.83MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online_cnet1.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 379,290,998
Downloads Last Week 507,749
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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