Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus 18.4

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Protects your Windows PC from viruses in real-time
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4.2  (582 votes)
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With new threats appearing nearly every day, anti-virus protection has become a must for any Internet user. Avast has been providing different tools for years with various levels of protection and price tags. Avast Free Antivirus is a totally free alternative for those who require just a basic yet efficient protection against all known viruses and other cyber attacks while checking your PC and the programs installed in it for any suspicious behavior.

If you google Avast Free Antivirus, the first entry you’ll probably find will refer to its free price tag – is it really free, and if so is it really as effective as its commercial counterparts? The answer to both questions is “yes”. Do not worry about the 30-day limitation that you will find in the Subscription tab under Settings – you can easily override that limitation by opening a free account with Avast and renewing it every year. And yes, it is just as effective in blocking threats to your privacy and safety as any other anti-virus tool, regardless of their price. What pro, advanced, and premium versions will give you (Avast has got its own, too) is extra functionality. And in this case, this free Avast anti-virus tool will nicely surprise you with its many free extra features, such as Wi-Fi Inspector, Software Updater, Ransomware Shield, Passwords (a password manager), SecureLine VPN, or its convenient Game Mode, which disables all Windows and Avast interruptions to boost up your gaming performance.

After having paid for a well-known commercial anti-virus tool for years, I decided to switch to Avast Free Antivirus mainly for two reasons – first, I wanted to find out if paying for an effective anti-virus tool was really necessary (given the plethora of free tools out there), and, secondly, I was tired of seeing my RAM memory going awry and my whole PC freezing nearly every day just because my expensive anti-virus loved taking up most of it for whatever unknown purposes. Avast Free Antivirus will take less than 100 MB of your RAM memory, and it will be just as ruthless as the most expensive signature-based anti-virus program in blocking any threats.

If you still want to pay to unleash its various extra powerful tools you can always upgrade to Ultimate or Premier, and even add Internet Security to the package. If, however, all you need is keeping your computer protected against malware and phishing programs in a continuous and efficient way, give this free tool a try – it won’t disappoint you.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Free for ever
  • Interactive - you can help Avast detect false positives
  • Checks for weak passwords, browser add-ons, and vulnerable software as well
  • Efficiently resolves all issues found
  • Offers various scan levels

Cons

  • Requires you to register to maintain the free status
  • Offers unrequested tools during the installation process
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