Real-time detection picks up known threats as they appear, web filtering blocks access to dangerous links, and unknown files are analyzed in the cloud to spot the very latest malware. By default, this imports all the key data from your default browser bookmarks, history, passwords, settings and more and sets Secure Browser as your new default, which may well not be what you want. Choose the Custom Installation option and you're able to browse 13 separate Avast modules and apps to decide what you want to install, and what you really don't. What do you mean not blocked till now via virus chest? Faster, far less overhead, and much more stable. It's hard to blame Avast - you're getting a great product for free, and they must fund this somehow - but if you're not keen on upselling, this could get annoying after a while. The service seems 'ok' at first in very small deployments, but as soon as you get into larger or more complex environments it seems to fall apart.
End-User License Agreement Avast welcomes your comments concerning the Software, including notice that you have experienced a Software failure, error or other malfunction and suggestions for additional or different features and functions. One of the things that put me over the edge was when they finally admitted that their Mac capabilities were false and that they had it on the 'future development list'. As for real-time protection, Avast did well here, too. One more thing Gmail or any e-mail service not leting submit virus in. From here you can choose which type of scan Avast Free Antivirus performs on your system Image Credit: Avast Another option is to head off to the Virus Scans dialog, where Avast provides options to scan specific folders or drives, your entire system, or to run a scan at the next reboot, before Windows starts. I'm kicking myself that we signed a 3yr contract last year. Beginners can probably ignore almost all of this, but if you know what you're doing, Avast provides many ways to optimize its speed and security.
Thankfully, Avast also includes good, well-labeled advanced settings. During our phishing tests, Avast didn't do as well, where it missed just under a third of the phishing sites we visited. If you're tired of bloated antivirus packages installing pointless extras, you'll love the control you get with Avast products. Truthfully we have looked at Ninja, Kaseya, and Automate as a replacement and any of them feel like they're a better option. Don't want the SafePrice browser extension Avast's price comparison system , for instance? The Chrome add-on quickly highlighted dangerous links in our search results, but we noticed that it didn't have any ratings for a surprising number of popular sites. We're disappointed with the slow boot time, but Avast Pro Antivirus makes up for it with good performance once Windows is running.
Avast Free Antivirus provides a great deal of advanced options in its settings Image Credit: Avast If you have any other problems with how Avast Free Antivirus works, heading off to the Settings dialog reveals a wide range of options and tweaks. Most people will be downloading the setup file in a couple of clicks. If you opt to call them, there's a whole host of new problems to deal with. The Behavior Shield keeps an eye on your apps to detect dangerous activities, and Game Mode has transformed into Do Not Disturb Mode, which blocks popups and other interruptions when you're using full-screen applications. Come visit us at and thanks to for setting this up.
It's a good way to prevent most malware from launching in the first place. I have virus submit to avast! Clear the installer checkbox and it's gone. You can schedule these tasks to run automatically, too, so you could perhaps set up a full check to run every day, with speedy and more basic scans running every few hours. We'd prefer to see the malware quarantined or it and the icons deleted outright, but all-in-all, it was a very respectable performance by Avast. Avast then prompted us again for boot scans on the test computers, which again took some time to run. These are some of Avast Free Antivirus' tools Image Credit: Avast Features Avast Free Antivirus has a lot of features — more than some commercial products — but it does its best to keep them out of your way, at least initially. One more thing Gmail or any e-mail service not leting submit virus in.
Final verdict A powerful antivirus which offers solid all-round protection. That could just be me though. The sales team promised so many things because of how large our account is, and we barely even get the release notes when they do an update. Avast should be able to identify phishing sites without the add-on. Few times before, I have submitted false positive files via my yahoo account by using zip file with password to virus at avast dot com and it was send successfully! Virus chest should be able to send samples you believe is false positive directly via avast gui to avast virus analyst. We have a live chat feature now.
There are no third-party ads, it doesn't have fewer antivirus updates or do anything else to weaken your security. Vendors, please put all 'promo' threads in the Weekly Promotion Thread. This is the second highest one-time fee of any manufacturer this year. Go to to view our Wiki and register if you'd like to contribute! Bonus features start with Avast's excellent Wi-Fi Inspector. In particular, we didn't have to register, create an account or follow any of the other made-up procedures companies typically use as an excuse to get your details. Anyone who likes to fine-tune their security will appreciate the control on offer. Premium features Firewall, Sandbox, Ransomware Shield are displayed with a 'locked' icon to remind you that they're not available in the free build.
Does anyone have a more recent experience? It's a weakness in an otherwise good performance from Avast. Previously you could speed up scans even further by customizing the Smart Scan to turn off particular checks, such as the Performance Scan, which by default Avast Free can't fix anyway try, and you're prompted to install Avast Cleanup Premium. Overall, its a giant shit show that I can't wait to wash my hands of. Boot up time was nearly double that of the competition, causing Windows to load noticeably slower than normal. You should be able to submit samples directly to avast using the on-line contact form,. Despite all this work, scan times were relatively speedy for us at 30-60 seconds. It also takes the Gold Award for the Malware Protection Test, Silver for Malware Removal, and Bronze for the Performance Test.