Avast Free Antivirus

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Like a Mirage"

    January 14, 2013  |   By ozzyfan75


    Its free, has lots of features.


    Very Slow Scanning. Requires email registration. Convoluted interface, options are spread out and not centralized.


    When you perform a complete scan and select scan whole files, it takes hours and hours to complete a scan. a So called quick scan took over 30 minutes to complete. There is little evidence that the so-called "Shields" are actually working.

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  • Reply by just_air on January 19, 2013

    I do all my scan at night than when I get up my computer is off and all the scanning is done, end of story.

  • Reply by ozzyfan75 on January 18, 2013

    Not a first time user. Fact is, Avast takes a very very very long time to complete a complete scan. If you check scan whole files, and I would think one would want to scan everything once in a while, then it takes hours and hours to complete a scan.

  • Reply by debwebdeb on January 18, 2013

    If you are a first time user, the old antivirus program may not have been removed completely especially if it was hit by a virus, there are removal tools for most of the popular programs: Norton, AVG, Avast, McAfee...
    Avast or any antivirus program will slow down your pc if there is still residue from the previous antivirus on the pc.

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