avast! Free Antivirus 12.3.3154.0
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avast! Free Antivirus Editor's Review
A free anti-virus program with multiple areas of action.
When it comes to free malware protection, Avast! is one of the most popular, and with the latest update it is again easy to see why. Avast! offers complete protection for your computer with eight separate 'shields' covering everything from infected files on your computer to malicious downloads and websites to any infections you may acquire over IM, P2P and email. Script Shield is a particularly useful element, as it detects malicious scripts on webpages and prevents infection, while still allowing the script to be used. Previously, it was only available in the commercial 'Pro' version.
Web Reputation is another weapon in Avast's arsenal that is particularly appealing. It uses the power of Avast!'s 165 million users to rate websites. Users can rate webpages in ten categories to give an overall opinion on a site.
Pros: Malware effectively handled by the boot-time scan, Auto-Sandbox allows for suspicious programs to run while keeping your computer safe, website rating and categorisation, installation does not require a reboot, intuitive interface, good customisation options.
Cons: Scanning at boot-up requires input from the user, not effective against all threats.
Conclusion: Avast! has a good interface and allows you to customise it to your own preferences. However, protection of your computer is the most important factor, and while Avast! is comparable with or even better than some other free programs, there are still opportunities for infection. Of course, being free, there is no reason not to install it and come to your own conclusions.
avast! Free Antivirus Publisher's Description
Free antivirus with anti-spyware protection. avast! Free Antivirus has better detection than competing paid-for products!
The world’s largest community of users, combined with cutting-edge cyber intelligence make Avast Free Antivirus exceptionally powerful.
- Your Avast-protected device acts as a sensor, receiving lots of code.
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What's New in Version 12.3.3154.0 of avast! Free Antivirus
Passive mode - new compatibility mode, which should solve compatibility issues, when Avast is being installed on a pc, where other AV is installed (and registred to WSC), Most of the shields are turned off, Avast should be updatable.
Added SafeZone browser, Security browser extension and SafePrice extension to Settings->Components for better management
+ BSOD for Skylake processor running Windows 10 Anniversary Update
+ Randomly opening Avast UI bug
+ SafePrice browser extension component is not installed during update when Browser extension was not installed in the previous version
+ Compatibility problems with PICO(Bash) processes on Windows 10 Anniversary Update
+ Incorrectly displaying firewall network profile notification
+ Avast is correctly recognized in Windows Security Center after upgrade to Windows Anniversary Update
+ Showing all passwords as reused in passwords list
+ Slowing down computer during installation, https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=189836.msg1332747#msg1332747
+ Unavailability to install another language during installation than the detected
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