Deal Closed – Avast Acquires AVG
In July Avast publicly announced plans to acquire AVG. And the deal is officially closed…
Quite surprisingly, avast! 2015 has been released as a first beta version (build number 10.0.2022). We have prepared the review including the download links.
While the user interface hasn’t changed a lot compared to the current 2014 version, there are lot of new features/improvements ‘under the hood’. This will be probably the first version which will miss the complete user interface redesign.
Release date of the final 2015 version is not known yet, however AVAST claims the second beta version
will be released in two weeks UPDATE (2014-09-22): avast! 2015 beta2 has been released!
The list of new features/improvements includes
If you are curious to test them out, you can download the avast! 2015 beta version for free. But please note it’s still just a beta version and some things may not work properly.
It should be possible to simply install the beta version over your current version. If something won’t work use the avast! Uninstall Utility and try again.
Below is the screenshot taken from the beta version, the biggest difference on the main screen compared to the current 2014 version, is just a different green status color, and five tiles instead of four in 2014.
avast! Free Antivirus 2015 – Status Window
Home Network Security feature is the major change in the new avast! 2015. AVAST is also probably the first antivirus company ever introducing something like this.
avast! Free Antivirus 2015 – Home Network Security Scan Results
Using the Smart Scan you can easily scan your computer for all important areas – viruses, updates, network security, and system optimization. Then you can resolve them all at one screen.
avast! Free Antivirus 2015 – Smart Scan Results
Even though the user interface stays (more or less) the same, we are pretty excited from this beta version and can’t wait the public release of the final version.
Source: Official avast! Forum