avast! Antivirus

avast! Antivirus 12.3.3154

A freeware functional antivirus solution for Windows OS
4.2  (4,972 votes)
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I like Avast for trying to diversify their products, even if the differences between them are not that big. Having a choice is great. Avast! antivirus is one of the options to pick from, and it's actually pretty good.

The interface is designed with the standard Avast color scheme in mind, with simple self-explanatory menus and panels made to resemble Windows or Android OS interface elements. There are three main security screens for general security features and functions: web, file and system. You can change any settings using a control tool instead of navigating various menus. The scanning tool works with a variety of possible scenarios to check a system with any configuration. It can even be set to start checking at system start in order to identify malware and rootkit affecting it at that point. Various support and security functions are distributed over subsystems, which makes the work less complex.

Avast implements cloud technologies in its product to improve performance and introduce new tools and methods of protection on the fly. Additional tools of the program provide even deeper level of protection against non-standard threats. Online activity is also supervised, with warnings being issued when suspicious Internet addresses and incoming files are blocked from harming your computer. Various extensions available can make Avast! Antivirus an even better tool. There's also the option to use online personal data protection, browser cleanup, check for software updates, optimize the system's performance and create a bootable Rescue Disk.

All in all, this particular version of Avast is as good as it gets. It may lack the more advanced functionality of commercial versions, but it's a solid antivirus on its own.

James Lynch
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Review summary


  • Free and light
  • Works stable
  • Great performance for a free product


  • Limited set of features
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