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UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2013

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UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2012 is a free antivirus software solution from AVSoftware. It uses the popular, well-received VIPRE antivirus engine, and offers basic protection from viruses, Trojans, rootkits, malware, adware, and other threats, including e-mail protection and antispyware protection. UnThreat Free is based on a premium tool that includes a firewall and other extra features. The freeware omits those and other bells and whistles, and it doesn't need them. Its chief recommendation is the VIPRE engine, which has tested well against a variety of threats and has generally been available only in premium AV software, until now.

When our download finished, we disabled our existing antivirus software before installing UnThreat. Some freeware AV tools will work alongside the competition, and some won't. As with many other AV tools, UnThreat's installation process requires a reboot. A simple, well-designed user interface more or less says "antivirus software," and the only thing notable is the grayed-out entries for the disabled features: Firewall, RoadWarrior, and Web Guard. We started with the Quick Scan, which turned up two low-risk adware bundlers. Clicking View Details confirmed that the items weren't a threat, but we sent them to their doom by selecting Delete from a drop-down menu and pressing the Clean button. In addition to the Scan field, we could view our Scan History and Active Protection History and access the Quarantine Manager. Of course, no AV solution worth its name would omit a system tray icon, and UnThreat doesn't. The tray icon's menu let us disable UnThreat's active protection, check for updates, and start scans. A tree-based Settings sheet offered a surprising number of options, including scheduling, proxy settings for updates, shell extension scans, and excluded files and folders. The Help file is extensive and detailed.

Free antivirus solutions have gotten so good that the premium tools have to offer tons of extras to justify the cost. The popular free versions tend to be safe choices, and safe recommendations, too, thanks to instantly updated threat lists that millions of users rely on. With no-nonsense controls, essential features, and strong protection, UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2012 joins their ranks.

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  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 65 votes

    • 5 star: 39
    • 4 star: 10
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 8 votes

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 3.0 stars

    "lightest antivirus ... but"

    March 10, 2014  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2013 6.2.37

    Pros

    -uses vipre engine and definitions (which are pretty good).
    -email scanner
    -hips
    -by far, the lightest antivirus out there (it's 10x lighter than avast) and is a true netbook saver.
    -contrary to others, it was an easy clean uninstall.

    Cons

    -i don't like the updater - i download the free version, then went to update definitions ... and if online installer burps, it turns your install into the 30 day trial. it burped on me 3x. also has an upgrade button on bottom - don't touch it or you'll get the 30 day trial. this is a deal breaker. with 2013, it was far lighter than anyone else, until auto updater would check for updates, and my netbook would freeze up until it was done. i hoped 2014 had fixed this, but it kept giving me 30 day trial by mistake. so i gave up. if anyone else tries, and waits to end of 30 day trial, let us know if it reverts to free if you don't pay:)

    Summary

    2014 is available on their site. best to download the newest.

    if you can get past the undater issues, it is by far the lightest on system resources (well, webroot is lighter, but it isn't free). this would easily be a 5 star if they fixed this. when you unistall it, a web page opens asking why, tell them and maybe they'll fix it?

    Updated on Mar 10, 2014

    forgot to mention: i use Wise Care 365 Free, and it can monitor your bootup to tell you how long it takes. mine takes 53 seconds normally. i installed unthreat, rebooted, and it took 54 seconds. apparently it only added 1 second to by boot. that is remarkable for an antivirus.

    Updated on Mar 10, 2014

    forgot to mention: i use Wise Care 365 Free, and it can monitor your bootup to tell you how long it takes. mine takes 53 seconds normally. i installed unthreat, rebooted, and it took 54 seconds. apparently it only added 1 second to by boot. that is remarkable for an antivirus.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Shyster business tactics"

    November 24, 2013  |   By ZipWayKid

    Version: UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2013 6.2.37

    Pros

    So-So ops , but missed several things that took Sophus and Hitman Pro to fix

    Cons

    Is NOT FREE - Several days after install received error note that system not covered; Check for up-dates. Did so and informed NO up-dates available; Noted that system had not been updated automatically since 11/9/13. Have checked with Unthreat on this occurance before with NO response.
    Therefore, apparently Unthreat is NOT free but Free TRIAL, for which Unthreat holds you hostage to update from free - This has been noted before by previous client and CNET has done nothing since

    Summary

    Shyster B/S that Cnet chooses to ignore or look the other way about.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Is this free or not??"

    November 13, 2013  |   By roastbeans

    Version: UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2013 6.2.37

    Pros

    It caught a couple of spywares that Malwarebytes missed.

    Cons

    Its not free.Only a few days after I downloaded the program I got a message saying my free trial expired, and can't use it anymore unless I purchase the program??

    Summary

    I was very impressed of this program that it caught a spyware lurking on my flash player which had giving me problem.And I would definitely have considered purchasing the program,but their business practice,as I stated above seem shady and can't trust the company.

    Updated on Nov 13, 2013

    I wish the CNET staffs would clarify the programs people put on their web sites as FREE.FREE TRIAL,OR PURCHASE TO USE!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works real smooth with xp pro on my dell computer."

    November 9, 2013  |   By tifrum

    Version: UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2013 6.2.37

    Pros

    does not slow my computer as much as other real time protection ive tried

    Cons

    cant find any

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malware that won't uninstall"

    August 31, 2013  |   By Stringtheory72

    Version: UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2013 6.2.37

    Pros

    Can't tell

    Cons

    It won't uninstall!!!!

    Summary

    I hate programs that won't uninstall!! I can remove it from the list of programs but it still pops up all the time. Frustrating!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product"

    June 19, 2013  |   By Thered101

    Version: UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2013 6.2.37

    Pros

    Simple to install, nice easy interface and finds junk which other more higher profile Antiviruses don't.

    Cons

    Can't see any

    Summary

    No Brainer this is on my Computer and staying on.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "UnThreat Is Amazing"

    May 18, 2013  |   By EricVonZipper

    Version: UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2013 6.2.37

    Pros

    Uses Sunbelt GFI engine and sigs. Meshes very well with other programs, OSs, software. Not a bit buggy - smooth as silk.

    Cons

    Doesn't have the Viper url filter but you can use WOT extension for the same results.

    Summary

    Excellent protection, just take a look here:
    https://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/latest_comparative/index

    Updated on Jun 4, 2013

    Just a word of CAUTION - the owners of this company, Scandium Security, appear to have a questionable, dodgy past.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Free Antivirus Out There!"

    May 13, 2013  |   By mymountainescape

    Version: UnThreat Free AntiVirus 2013 6.2.37

    Pros

    After using used several different antiviruses, I have found this one to work more efficiently and perform consistently better than the other ones I tried in the past.

    Cons

    When my computer boots up, I receive a full screen message stating my computer is protected. This should be in the form of a small popup in the taskbar.

    Summary

    Great antivirus protector, and it's free!

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