Updated March 2014
avast! Free Antivirus 2014 (version 9) from AVAST Software is one of the best free antivirus software programs you can download.
avast! is so great because it's a complete tool, protecting you from threats from the Internet, email, your local files, P2P connections, your instant messages, and more.
Important: avast! Free Antivirus provides constant virus protection, also called on-access or resident protection, for free. This means that avast! Free Antivirus 2014 can completely replace antivirus software from companies like McAfee and Norton that charge for their software and for yearly access to updates.
- Provides on-access protection from viruses and other malware
- Includes a "heuristics engine" to detect previously unknown threats
- Includes a silent mode to hide alerts during gaming and other full-screen activities
- Long history of excellent virus protection
- Works with Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
- Can not be used in commercial environments - home use only
- Attempts to install unrelated (but safe) software
- Registration is periodically required but it is free
- avast! Free Antivirus includes fully functional antivirus, antispyware, and heuristics engines.
- Includes real-time protection of files, email, web surfing, p2p transfers, instant messages, and even suspicious behavior.
- Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP are all supported operating systems for avast! Free Antivirus.
- Yearly registration is required to continue use.
- avast! Free Antivirus regularly updates malware definitions and the program itself to stay current against new threats.
My Thoughts on avast! Free Antivirus 2014
avast! Free Antivirus has been around a long time and is overall an excellent free antivirus program. It includes just about everything you'd ever want from an antivirus program, free or otherwise. avast! Free Antivirus 2014 is a the only antimalware tool you need on your Windows computer.
Tip: During the avast! installation, you're asked to install the free Google Chrome browser and IE toolbar. These additions are not required so if you're not interested just uncheck the boxes. Also, you are required to register avast! to use it more than 30 days but registration is free and pretty simple. You'll also have to reregister once per year - again, for free.
Important: Some User Reviews below warn about avast! Free Antivirus 2014 not being free or not being a complete antivirus program. That's simply not true. Free Antivirus 2014 is a complete antimalware tool. The only additional benefits you get from purchasing "Pro Antivirus" or "Internet Security" from avast! are firewall, privacy, and spam protection, which you can get from other programs, for free, if you want them.