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Avast! Free Antivirus 2017 v17.4.2294

One of the most popular free security suites receives a major update

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Arabic, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu, Vietnamese
Software Cost: $19.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 03 May 2017
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Downloads To Date: 56014
Developer: AVAST Software
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avast! Free Antivirus
One of the most popular free security suites receives a major update

Avast! Free Antivirus 2017 is avast!'s latest malware-hunting engine.

Installation is simple and straightforward. Compatibility seems good, too, with the package running happily alongside Bitdefender Internet Security on our test PC.

The program interface is clean and very easy to use. Just click "Run Smart Scan" and Free Antivirus immediately runs a quick check for malware, missing software updates, network vulnerabilities, even looks for weak passwords and junk files.

When it's finished, clicking "Resolve all" allows you to review the results and fix whatever the program has found.

Avast! Free Antivirus 2016 extended the package with a new password manager. This generates strong passwords on demand, stores and fills them locally, and syncs them with free iOS and Android apps.

The network security scanner detects more router vulnerabilities and displays extra details.

WebShield has switched to a smarter and more compatible system of HTTPS scanning, as used in Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

The interface has been optimised and improved.

It's not available in Avast! Free, but upgrading to a commercial edition also gets you a new SafeZone browser, which now does an even better job of protecting your web transactions from keyloggers and other malware.

Please note, the program will by default install Google Toolbar. If that's not what you want, pay attention during setup and clear the relevant checkbox when it appears.

What's new in v17.4.2294?

- updated GUI engine
- fixed notification of finished Smart Scan, now it correctly shows the results instead of starting the scan again
- fixed several crashes in Web Shield (including corruption of large downloaded files)
- fixed crashing during update of virus definitions on 32-bit OS
- viruses detected by File Shield are now correctly moved to quarantine
- firewall profile is correctly recognized also when you connect via different network adapters
- fixed problem with empty windows profile on Windows 10 after avast update
- right-click explorer scan now runs in main window

Verdict:

A solid antivirus engine with a good range of features, made even better by the new password manager.

Your Comments & Opinion
 

Not yet ready

Posted by: hippo88, 09 November 2014 15:15

crash problem cause by Avast 2015 (lot of post regard this problem); have to abandon Avast virus program, force to go to Microsoft Essential.

nice

Posted by: Tap San, 02 November 2013 06:58

the new ui is great. overall its nice.

Great Anti-Vrus

Posted by: Christopher Rattay, 16 October 2013 02:11

I've using it for 5 years and Avast has kept me safe.I just updated to Avast Free 2014 and I really like it.The Avast Online security plugin is a better,blocks ads and trackers.Thumbs up

Posted by: Shyam Reddy, 19 August 2013 05:26

Excellent for a beta and love the new flat interface. Just one thing I dont like is popups being larger windows than main window and also stats page looks blown out of proportion. Apart from that rock solid on protection and behind the hood. Thanks Avast!

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