Avast will soon release a new version 2016 with the completely redesigned user interface. We got the idea to collect all available Avast versions from v4.8 to 2016 and show off the user interface (GUI) evolution. We will start from the oldest to the latest one.

By the way you can still download and use all the older versions listed below. All of them are also receiving the latest virus definition updates. We have successfully installed the six years old Avast Home Edition v4.8 on a machine running on Windows 7.

1. Avast Home Edition v4.8 (2009)

Avast Home Edition v4.8 (note it hasn’t been called Free Antivirus) has been released in 2009. The user interface was clearly inspired by the popular audio player Winamp. Also it was the last Avast interface which used custom skins, so users could redesign it themselves. Compared to the next Avast versions it’s really compact and small.

Avast Home Edition v4.8 (2009) User Interface

Avast Home Edition v4.8 (2009) User Interface

2. Avast Free Antivirus 5.0 (2010)

Avast Free Antivirus 5.0 was the first Avast with the new user interface style which is more or less kept until today. It is noticeable bigger and contains the left-side menu and status monitor, so you can see immediately if there is something wrong with your Avast.

Avast Free Antivirus 5.0 (2010) User Interface

Avast Free Antivirus 5.0 (2010) User Interface

3. Avast Free Antivirus 6.0 (2011)

Not much has changed in the Avast Free Antivirus 6.0. The only differences compared to the previous one are one extra menu item and green Facebook like button.

Avast Free Antivirus 6.0 (2011) User Interface

Avast Free Antivirus 6.0 (2011) User Interface

4. Avast Free Antivirus 7.0 (2012)

Avast Free Antivirus 7.0 also contains only a small changes compared to the 6.0. Few more items have been added to the menu and texture to the background. We like the new detailed status monitor which contained the information about the shield, updates and expiration.

Avast Free Antivirus 7.0 (2012) User Interface

Avast Free Antivirus 7.0 (2012) User Interface

5. Avast Free Antivirus 8.0 (2013)

This one of Avast Free Antivirus 8.0 is probably our favorite one. It looks really modern. The left-side menu has been moved to the top and the cool tiles has been added as the main part of the interface. And of course the nice smiley which was even blinking!

Avast Free Antivirus 8.0 (2013) User Interface – The Game Changer

Avast Free Antivirus 8.0 (2013) User Interface – The Game Changer

6. Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Avast Free Antivirus 2014 was the first one which hasn’t been using the version in its name and rather a year. It went more or less back to the old style menu and banner from version 5.0 but kept four tiles in the middle which were customizable.

Avast Free Antivirus 2014 User Interface

Avast Free Antivirus 2014 User Interface

7. Avast Free Antivirus 2015

The current version available Avast Free Antivirus 2015 contains only cosmetic changes compared to version 2014. Menu was simplified and login to Avast account has been added.

Avast Free Antivirus 2015 User Interface

Avast Free Antivirus 2015 User Interface

8. Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Beta

Although the Avast version 2016 hasn’t been released yet, the beta is available. And from the first sight the user interface has been significantly redesigned. The left-side menu has been moved to the top, tiles have been removed and the main action is now Smart Scan.

So far it looks really compact and intuitive. What we don’t like is the ’empty’ part at the bottom. We don’t know if the user interface in the final 2016 will be different.

UPDATE October 23, 2015: Luckily the initial user interface of Avast 2016 was not final and new one has been just released. We totally love it!

 

Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Beta User Interface

Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Beta User Interface

And what is your favorite one user interface? We really love the version 8 from 2013 which still stands out from all of them. Post your response in the comments below.

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus screenshots in this article, user interface of all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, or Avast Premier) is very similar. Biggest difference between the free and premium versions is the white and dark background.

User interface of each version looks exactly the same for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

You can still download and use all the older versions of Avast Free Antivirus. We have tested them on a machine running Windows 7.

Written by Paul B.

My name is Paul and I love Avast since the Home Edition v4.8 (2008). I am recommending it to all my friends, but I realized they don't know how to use it. So I started this site in order to help others getting maximum from this awesome antivirus. Feel free to contact me via Facebook, comments below or this form.

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