Avast Free Antivirus

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Avast Free Antivirus

The only antivirus with a fully customizable installer and selection of user preference components.

4.5

Our rating: 

4.5
License: Free (Limited features)
Website: www.avast.com
Review & Alternatives: Best Free Antivirus Software

Pros & Cons:

  • Extremely light on the system with a modern and clean UI
  • The only antivirus with a fully customizable installer, selection of user preference components
  • Works best in hardened or lock-down mode, which blocks all unknown programs (medium-expert users only)
  • Top notch detection capability, many secondary components to offer variety to a wholesome software
  • Excellent malicious URL blocking, network protection, outdated software checking, integrated password manager, and comes with a rescue disk.
  • Deep screen technology that includes Sandbox and Safe machine components for protection
  • Bloated default setup, some ads and pop'ups
  • Account creation for further protection after a month
  • Lack of an anti-ransomware module, and Deepscreen disabled by default
  • Cloud reputation, Malware signatures and HIPS module needs improvement
  • Offers Google Chrome and various bloated secondary components during install [Choose custom install]

Avast Free Antivirus was reviewed by on based on version 11.1.

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Comments

I was looking for a free antivirus and Avast sounded promising.
Downloaded and start to install it on a fresh windows 10 machine, after all 275 megs were downloaded started to install the antivirus and after 30 minutes still trying...
I stopped the install only to find out that the program was installed (according to windows), it was working fine but I was worried about a defective install, so I tried to uninstall it, the choices it give me were REPAIR o CHANGE but not uninstall, neither one of those choices helped me to uninstall.
Finally downloaded Revo uninstaller and got the machine clean, downloaded PANDA and in a few minutes got everything working ok.
YMMV.

The free version of Avast does NOT include a firewall, but is blocking Windows Firewall from working because it is telling Windows that it is taking care of that.. I see no way to work around this so will uninstall Avast. This is a very nasty tactic to try to force you into buying the version with firewall. I also have a paid version with all bells and whistles on another more critical computer and will not be renewing my license because of this sneakiness.

Avast was bloatware on my computer. It also kept popping up with messages advertising their other products. I'm done with antiviruses. Using a firewall and common sense instead.