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Avast Free Antivirus a the free for non-commercial and home usage antivirus solution from AVAST Software.
The program features intuitive, advanced and customizable scanning methods along with other modules dedicated to computer safety.
It includes antivirus with antispyware, Avast Passwords, Secure HTTPS scanning, streaming updates, hardened mode, DeepScreen, Home Network Security scanner, Do Not Track, SiteCorrect, antiphishing, anti-malware, Smart Scan, Rescue Disk, and Software Updater.
Subscription that costs between $0 and $79. Price may vary depending on commitment and so on.
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Intrusive, bloated and 'dumb'.
Also what I find funny is the fact that whenever I try to uninstall it, I recieve a warning that this uninstallation attempt could be the result of malware attack. LOL, no, I am the one unistalling your piece of trash. Don't try to trick me.
That fraudalant attitude plus the recent CCleaner incident smashed any trust between me and this company. I certainly won't allow such ingeniune folks to access my financinal credentials and important professional documents.
Try avaira instead. Or the magical Malwarebytes+Comodo combo.
I Tried this Antivirus because of its user ratings and popularity but after i found some serious problems like this :
Block Files on some PC Games
When I Installing its setup, Avast Prevent the installation by removing some files in setup though there is no virus inside
Disable intel virtualization technology
Keep Restarting and Enter BIOS while there is no problem at all ! Then I remembered that this happens after i installed AVAST!
After Uninstalling, Intel-vt is enabled.....
Doesn’t detect fade adware
Some Browser Adware called FADE, annoying virus that freeze screen to black and white and only able to be closed using alt tab or task manager are NOT DETECTED by AVAST!
Then I Tried Windows Defender or Malwarebytes and Every Serious Problem i Mentioned Above is Solved Instantly!
It used to be good but not anymore.
Avast sells detailed user activity logs to third-party data brokers: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qjdkq7/avast-antivirus-sells-user-browsing-data-investigation and https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-cost-of-avasts-free-antivirus-companies-can-spy-on-your-clicks
As a person who monitors everything from threads to processes and hardware usage, I was in shock for having this software slick into my system.
It comes bundled without any warning, does not have any prompts, and the shell just pops with no way to abort downloading additional components.
And No way to kill
I understand I get what I pay for buy getting a free AV, but I've never had such a negative experience with others. The AV is not only annoying (I don't need to get a loud notification every time my database updates itself) but a resource-hog. It slows down my computer on boot tremendously, and does a very, very slow scan when asked to. I had it for about a year but had to uninstall and go without it. Now my computer is a lot faster, and quite frankly, better off.
It's not really free. You can scan for free, any issues it may find, you can "resolve" them only if you pay a subscription fee.
Why the hell do I have to register a free antivirus?
That makes absolute not sense whatsoever
I often have to work on family or friends systems, and I prefer not to put them online until I am satisfied the problem is solved.
I downloaded the "offline installer" from the avast website, put it on a USB drive, and I was met with disappointment. Every install failed when it couldn't submit diagnostic data or update the definitions. There was no option to disable this function for a true "offline install."
It downloaded Google Chrome on my behalf. What that is basically saying is that my privacy is worse less than security. It should be more than obvious why this is messed up, but let's break this down:
When I downloaded Avast, my computer was running significantly slower than normal. It wasn't running like this when I was using open source anti-virus.
Avoid this software.
Just today, I was looking to install and use a virtual environment (VirtualBox in this case) and I've had the devil of a time getting the virtualization to work. Without the use of Intels VT-x, the application I was trying to run within the virtual machine was unable to work properly, so this was a requirement.
In the end, after quite a bit of search on the Net, I found Avast to be the culprit. After disabling the checkbox "enable hardware-assisted virtualization" in the Avast settings and rebooting, it still failed to work properly, but now it also kept reminding me that my system was not entirely protected anymore. After uninstalling the Antivirus from Avast and rebooting the system, suddenly the desired function worked suddenly.
This is not the first time that Avast has interfered with my use of the computer, but so far I've always tolerated it. It is after all one of the best and most accurate Antivirus for free and that is a difficult combination to have. Now I'm using AVG Antivirus, my issue is fixed and I don't notice any major differences in performance or security.
As a computer geek & programmer, I've used and tested the top 10 antiviruses that are in the market and never have I regretted using Avast. It's the anti-virus of my household. I have every device in my family installed Avast.
It sits in the background until it detects an attempt to infect the coputer rather then nagging you every 10 minutes.
It is a myth that Macs don't have virus/malware (they had them back in the days of Classic - just look at Disinfectant which existed from 1989 to 1997) and so getting any reputable free antivirus program to supplement Gatekeeper is a must.
Yes, it is limited but as the old saying goes "an ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure" and for blocking things like MacOSInstallCore-MP [PUP] it does the job (too many reputable Mac software programmers are using questionable sites as their download option.)
Free versions of commercial software are going to be limited in someway and to think otherwise is unrealistic.