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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent antivirus"

    August 19, 2012  |   By tangara40

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    Free antivirus with constant up-date

    Cons

    to many pup-up

    Summary

    I purchase a antivirus and with constant update i ad 2 virus not catch and Avast detect them and block these virus.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best Free Antivirus in recent time"

    August 18, 2012  |   By aranya_biswas

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    1. Easy on memory.
    2. Best User Interface within all free antivirus
    3. Real time shield does its job efficiently

    Cons

    1. It is on the top very recently. It has to prove itself in the test of time.

    Summary

    I just got protected from a external connection... called //js.pleasepassthecash.com// I have opened my normal mobile recharge site, but somehow the application came in, (I have no idea how it came in) from outside. I am happy that Avast protected me from this threat. Kudos Avast!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible program, uninstalled"

    August 18, 2012  |   By seabare

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    Didn't find any.

    Cons

    15 minutes to boot up after install. Uninstall was equally brutal.

    Summary

    Darn near bricked my Vista machine.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best free antivirus"

    August 17, 2012  |   By ccookie66

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    Fast scans
    High detection rates
    Doesn't slow computer
    Lots of updates

    Cons

    None. Very good antivirus.

    Summary

    Avast! Free has always been my favorite antivirus, and it has just been getting better. It is the best free antivirus program. Has many features as a paid antivirus has. Keep up the good work Avast!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "WARNING! - Obnoxious POP-UP Ads occur with this program"

    August 17, 2012  |   By SteelWings

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    From Ad-Test.org it appears to prevent viruses

    Cons

    The annoying pop-up ads that came with this program coupled with the annoying voice which announces mundane tasks like "your virus definitions have been updated" have made me decide to uninstall this program. I originally was swayed by the sheer number of downloads that users appear to have done regarding Avast (according to CNET). Yet now that I've used it for a few days, I'll switch to AVG simply to avoid uninvited pop-up ads. So users BEWARE - This program comes with AD-WARE! and doesn't ask your permission prior to installing.

    Summary

    Seek another anti-virus program, one without ad-ware. Or at least be informed prior to installing this one. I looked forward to the advanced thinking of constant updates using the cloud but there's no amount of "advanced technology" that's worth unannounced invasion of one's computer by installing ad-ware without one's permission.

    Updated on Aug 17, 2012

    Seek another anti-virus program, one without ad-ware. Or at least be informed prior to installing this one. I looked forward to the advanced thinking of constant updates using the cloud but there's no amount of "advanced technology" that's worth unannounced invasion of one's computer by installing ad-ware without one's permission. It really made me wonder just exactly what else did this program install on my computer "without my knowledge" ? One can only hope it was the ad-ware and voice files.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Ughhhh. Obnoxious popups to pay."

    August 16, 2012  |   By FletchWasHere

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    I assume it does a decent job with its primary purpose, antivirus. Too bad it doesn't stop there. And btw, this is my first ever review... this program actually motivated (irritated) me enough to join CNet, (which is required) to give some perspective, and balance to the disproportionate and overly "gushiness" bulk of reviews about this app.

    Cons

    Irritating and obnoxious pop up ads take up a quarter of your screen multiple times a day: Never, since my last virus years ago, has any program been so brash as to interrupt my normal computer use to this degree. Sorry, I must uninstall this second and move on. After all, why would I have any confidence, that as a paying customer, I would not be similarly abused? Catch a clue Avast... Google didn't just own the search engine market because of a better engine. A huge factor was that it provided its function, but didn't distract and irritate people with flashy moving ads as all the others at the time (even though supporting a solid revenue model). They understand the difference between a service and utility site... and a destination site. Do the same with your app, and prosper in the same direction.

    Summary

    And just to eliminate the "he's just a critic without a helpful suggestion", here's a few, Avast. Don't ever animate yourself in my system tray.. at the most, switch to yellow be quiet when doing your job. You are not my foreground app and should never try to gain my attention or even cross my mind when doing your job.. unless you run into an issue that needs my decision. That include virus updates. I don't give-a-krap that you fetched the ball like you were supposed to. Tell me only if the update didn't happen like it should, then ask me when I want to hear from you again on the matter. Think about being on vacation without internet service: allow me to keep u quiet until either of us can do anything about it anyway (see below).
    And be honest: Either be free, or free-to-try. And when it's time to make a living and sell some software, be humble and tactful. Only have the smallest of indicators show only a couple day before the trial is up, above your tray icon. "3 days left in trial. Click to show options.. or don't show me this again for 1 / 2 days, week, never"

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    Effectively protecting you with antivirus is not enough. Unless Avast changes their activity as detailed above, don't support software that treats you like a moron, and without permission, uses your computer to push fear ads at you multiple times a day.

    And CNet: You shape up, too. No revenue model with Avast is worth the damage to your credibility by inaccurately categorizing programs like this to your 'Free' area.

    Flame off...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works the way I want it to"

    August 16, 2012  |   By DioBrando05

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    Everything, definitely recommended it anyone looking for a great antivirus program

    Cons

    None that I come across, works excellently

    Summary

    Free version is great but really worth the money to upgrade

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  • 2.0 stars

    "More Improvement Needed"

    August 16, 2012  |   By saif_msn

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    Very Effective Free Protection, Does What Its Supposed To Do, Lots Of Options.

    Cons

    There Are Some Compatibility Issues, Now PopUps? Payments?

    Summary

    I Liked Avast Very Much, Used It In Several PCs. Version 6 Was Very Good, But Version 7 Conflicts With My Genuine Windows 7 Professional X64 During Startup. Seems To Work Fine In WinXP Though. I Tried To Install Old Version 6 But Now It Wont Install Saying I Must Be Connected To The Internet & The Setup Will Download The Latest Version... How Funny! Now I'm Seeing The Reviews That It Generates PopUp Windows? This Wasn't Included In The Previous Versions! Why Now? Some Guy Also Wrote That I Need To Pay For Proper Removal Of Captured Viruses? After Using Version 6 I Thought Avast Was Gonna Rule As Free AntiVirus But Now Seems Like Avast Is Going Backwards With The Current Version. Switching Back To Microsoft Security Essentials Until Avast Fixes The Issues...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best antivirus yet!"

    August 15, 2012  |   By StephenFP

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    Good Detection. Behavior Shield. Light on resources. Free!.

    Cons

    Scanning takes awhile.

    Summary

    One of the best!. It has great detection rate. it is light and fast. easy to use. and free. it really beats avg and avira by a long shot!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nice Free anti-virus program"

    August 14, 2012  |   By shepcom

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 7.0.1456

    Pros

    It's a nice and free anti-virus program.

    Easy to use.

    Neat GUI. High detection rate. Take less resource compared with other anti-virus program

    Cons

    None at the moment.

    Summary

    It's a good anti-virus program which is worth of recommendation.

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