Avast Internet Security 2014

Avast Internet Security 2014

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 1630 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2014.9.0.2021
File Size:
4.61MB
Date Added:
June 30, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $49.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
2,306,504
Downloads Last Week:
5,395
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Avast Internet Security is the second-highest-tier product in Avast's security line. In addition to its flagship malware scanner, Avast Internet Security throws in improved firewall support, email scanners, and mobile-payment security.

Pros

Noninvasive: Avast does what it can to stay out of your way while it runs scans on your machine. As with the Free and Pro versions, Avast Internet Security enlists its community of users to whitelist Web sites and alert you to suspicious or untrustworthy places via Community IQ. Avast also includes Do Not Track integration in its browser add-on.

Streamlined design: The design is exactly like that of the Free and Pro versions. Avast's security center is pleasant to use, with basic animations, minimal pop-out menus, and reduced clutter.

Features: Internet Security gives users an additional firewall to help fight off hacker attacks, a feature that's not available in the Pro and Free versions. Avast also throws in its own VPN service. Though these aren't features that greatly impact the overall user experience of Avast, they are a nice benefit, considering the respectable asking price.

Cons

Average security: Since its release, Avast has seen mixed results in security performance, settling at above average. A recent AV-Comparatives report lists Avast at the near-bottom of the false-positive test list. Based on the report, Avast detected about 97.7 percent of out-of-the-box malware that Microsoft usually provides.

Bottom Line

Avast Internet Security is relatively high in security efficacy. But its greatest value lies in a robust feature set and clean design, with minimal impact on system performance.

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  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 1630 votes

    • 5 star: 1238
    • 4 star: 232
    • 3 star: 46
    • 2 star: 30
    • 1 star: 84
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    1.3

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  • 2 stars

    "avast! Internet Security is not what it appears"

    August 12, 2014   |   By bdaniel230

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    The anti-virus portion works well but not fantastically and not as well as some freeware. The Premier edition seems to find some virus or malware but not sufficiently to produce awe.

    Cons

    Continually, with each program update not definition update, attempts to lure the user into installing Google Chrome. The Support Forums yield rude or unprofessional responses from company. Requests for refund or proportional refund met with unprofessional and rude responses.

    Summary

    I downloaded and installed this software after seeing the rating on CNet. I don't think that avast! Internet Security is much more than a shill for Google Chrome. There is another con which I find even more unprofessional and that is the pushing of Grimeware which is poor at best and harmful if not used by an advanced user. I will take CNet ratings, in the future, through a jaundiced eye.

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  • 1 stars

    "Extremely disappointed"

    July 12, 2014   |   By carlos_spork

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    If you are careful, it does not necessarily harm your computer or your Windows' installation.

    Cons

    I have no strength left to write a detailed report on my own experience with this version or any of the previous versions: I am too tired and exhausted after struggling with the company's deceiving marketing practices, which are still getting worse with every new software update. Please read my summary below.

    Summary

    I am an old-timer paid subscriber (a 3-user license pack since 2007, even before the company had its name changed).

    Let me be clear: My advice to everyone is to stay away from this product and any other sold by this company.

    I cannot but warn others about the setbacks and disappointing surprises I experienced with this product.

    Don't get me wrong: I admit that the product does not cause any harm your PC. That's the only PRO I can find.

    That said, I would suggest to anyone interested in a paid license to read all of the low-rated user-reviews first (for this and previous versions). I read them all and agree with most.

    I removed the software from my own PC a couple of months ago and left it installed on the other two devices in my household. Big mistake! My wife started wondering about some warnings she was getting from the software (instructing her to run some junk-software cleanup tool, which ended up being a hook into buying additional software from the company). That's when I removed it at once from my wife's and my daughter's PCs. Now I am temporarily using Windows' own security software until I find a replacement.

    For now, I'm stuck with a 3-user license expiring on November 19, 2014.

    Please follow my advice: do not subscribe to this software. I am sure you will avoid a lot of bitter regrets.

    PS: For anyone interested in knowing the details, I can provide proof of all of my tickets with the company, even when they "cleaned up" their incident-database some time ago when they "moved onto a different and improved support-software".

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  • 1 stars

    "A Big Hustle - Will Not Review Subscription"

    July 03, 2014   |   By kbrewer3351

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I can't find any Pros

    Cons

    Constant hustle to buy more services (Grime Fighter, etc)
    I've gotten several viruses while under the "care" of AVAST
    Continuously forces me to change my home page
    Has its "partnered" programs that it pushes and sometimes forces on the customer

    Summary

    I am a paying subscriber of AVAST Internet Security. AVAST frequently tells me that I have an undesirable/malicious/unneeded browser add-on (particularly in Mozilla Firefox). However, in order to have AVAST remove the add-on, I'm forced to make a choice between Yahoo or Bing for my new home page. Otherwise, AVAST will not remove the supposedly bad add-on. I want to keep the home page I have (Foxnews.com). But I can't go any further with the removal of the add-on unless I choose one of AVAST's choices. If I don't go through their dance, I'm continually reminded that I have bad add-ons. I inquired to AVAST as to this process. Here's their answer and a true testament to their arrogance (verbatim):

    We only offer the user search options of those companies who partner with us, and tailor that to the availability of that search service in your geography (e.g., an avast! user in the US would be offered Yahoo but not Yandex, whereas a user in Russia would be offered Yandex but not Yahoo). All search providers are welcome to partner with us to have their search service listed, but not all major providers have done so. We expect to expand that list of search services over time.
    If a provider that you want is not listed, you can always click on an option that is available so the offending toolbar can be removed, then go back into the settings for your browser and change the search according to your preference. Unwanted toolbars and other browser add-ons are a growing problem for users. We have seen user complaints steadily growing over the behavior of many browser add-ons. These add-ons have become more aggressive both in their installation and in their self-protection against uninstalled (in that regard, they look more and more like malware). BCU helps users by informing of the presence of these poor reputation add-ons and in removing them. Avast's objective is to incorporate BCU into a user's arsenal of protection technologies, defending against a certain class of aggressive browser add-ons that work by stealth, obfuscation, and various technical mechanisms against users' wishes and interests. BCU is a free tool, and during the use of that tool we may encourage you to use the services of partners of ours. These partners are all vetted and we feel offer the user a service of value. Accepting these offers helps keep the products free, but we do not require that you do so. You may opt out of the BCU reset process, or accept the use of another service if one is offered.

    Why Yahoo and Bing? Why not Google or FoxNews? The answer: they're not "partnered" with AVAST. Meaning there's money involved. Additionally, I've gotten several (two considered "high threat" which AVAST could not remove and which I downloaded and used other virus programs to remove).

    I will not be reviewing my AVAST subscription.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Antivirus Program I Ever Used"

    June 22, 2014   |   By saiwoonmine

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Beautifully designed interface
    Customizable buttons
    Fast scan
    Lightweight (3 processes, only around 20 MB in total)
    Lovely tray icon!

    Cons

    Should have better customer support
    Should have better update integration

    Summary

    I've tried BitDefender Internet Security, which is highly rated and is a very good one.Just switched to Avast! I can't believe my PC becomes blazing fast! So sad that I had been allowing BitDefender to slow my computer down. I'll be using Avast! for all my PCs.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great anti-virus program"

    June 21, 2014   |   By kyle3389

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Good U.I.
    Great detection
    Scans fast
    Has option for boot scan
    Blocks just about every virus
    lots of featurs

    Cons

    None.
    Avast support could be better

    Summary

    Avast is one of the best anti-virus you can get.

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  • 5 stars

    "more serial avast 2014 download full updated"

    June 08, 2014   |   By victorball

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    installation + crack download link
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdPQU2K0LCI

    Cons

    http://******/pOMTU

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  • 1 stars

    "Dial Up doesn't work. Save your money."

    May 23, 2014   |   By Emphus

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    I can't think of a single pro for this product.

    Cons

    After 4 months of trying to download I realize that dial up cannot download Avast Security 2014 update. Can only use free version

    Summary

    Dial Up Avast 2014 update doesn't work. Save your money.

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  • 1 stars

    "Avast tech service disabled my computer."

    May 21, 2014   |   By Gasu81

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Free Avast worked ok.

    Cons

    Tech service did a $120 remote Cleaning of my computer and now it won't reboot.

    Summary

    When I called to upgrade my Avast subscription from the free to the $20 per year version the sales person put a high pressure sales pitch/scare tactic on me and (to my chagrin) convinced me to pay for a one time 'cleaning' of my computer.

    He remotely accessed my computer and after about an hour he finished deleting loads of file and changing many registry values. After he logged off and told me I was good to go I closed all the the open windows and shut my computer down. When I tried to restart it it would not reboot or load windows. I can hear the hard drive running but get nothing at all on the screen. I immediately called them back and told them my problem. They said it was a hardware problem and there was nothing they could do. I asked for a refund on the tech service and they refused. I am now out a perfectly good computer, $120 for tech service and $20 for a useless antivirus subscription! I have NEVER had any problem at all with my computer booting properly until moments after The Avast technician completed an extensive 'tuneup' of my computer. Hardware problem? Not likely....

    Could this be what subsidizes their 'free' antivirus program? BEWARE AVAST TECH SERVICE!!!

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  • 3 stars

    "Fixed Avast Firewall Issue"

    April 30, 2014   |   By jstifel

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Intuitive and Fast

    Cons

    Didn't Meet Expectations

    Summary

    I just wrote a review on Avast where I said I felt I had been "Hustled." The Firewall feature would not active.

    I downloaded the trial version of Malwarebytes from CNET and ran it and it found 14 malware issues and cleaned them up.

    After that, I rebooted my PC and checked the Avast Firewall and it had then activated, so the tech was correct that the malware invaders may have turned off and disabled my Avast Firewall.

    It is now functioning the way it should, but I still have one major question:

    Why didn't Avast protect me as advertised so I didn't get all that malware on my computer in the first place?

    From the names of the files they seem to have been connected to something called "Search Dial" which downloaded with another program I intentionally downloaded.. kind of like Chrome wants to download with every other program. When I originally saw the "Search Dial" toolbar in my Firefox browser, I thought I had uninstalled it, but apparently it left some ghosts and goblins behind to do me harm.

    When the trial is up on Malwarebytes, it seems that it will be a good and necessary investment.

    Problem solved... but I need not have paid $179 to Avast tech support when Malwarebytes did the same thing but for a whole lot less.. In this case, the free trial program fixed the mess I had on my hands and now I'm good to go!

    Judi :-)

    PS: Thanks CNET. You always come through for me.

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  • 1 stars

    "Avast Internet Security not worth it"

    April 30, 2014   |   By MercedesFL

    Version: Avast Internet Security 2014 2014.9.0.2018

    Pros

    Easy to remove this product.

    Cons

    1st, the support is NOT FREE! 2nd,This program kept deleting out some programs that I had installed and used daily. The programs were gone completely and could not be found. I had to re-install them too many times. Their tech support told me that my programs were malware which they were not.

    Summary

    I recommend that you do not buy this product and do not buy their tech support.

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