If you’re looking for more information about the avast! Free Antivirus here’s our 2013 review. Going over all the important security features up to the nice user interface. Review has been done on version 8.0.1483 which has been released in March 2013.

Security Features

Security features in avast! Free Antivirus are really advanced and can be easily compared with any paid-for solution on the current market.

avast-free-antivirus-review-01avast! Free Antivirus version 8 summary screen with active shields and real-time updates

Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Engine

Award-winning scanning engine protects against viruses, spyware, and other malicious agents, now with a new algorithm that is based on machine learning, which can process new-virus data in milliseconds.


Prompts users to run suspicious programs inside the avast! Sandbox. When the program finishes, based on the program’s behavior, you are given a recommendation on how to treat it in the future.

Boot-time Scanner

Scans your computer for infections before the OS starts and before any viruses hidden beneath it are activated.

Real-time (Streaming) Virus Dabatabase Updates

Each virus signature comes to you in real-time via connection to the AVAST Virus Lab cloud, rather than needing to wait for a traditional virus-database update. Your database will be continuously updated with latest definitions.

Real-time Shields

In total avast! Free Antivirus features seven different real-time shields ensuring you’re protected 24/7:

  1. File System Shield
  2. Mail Shield
  3. Web Shield
  4. P2P & IM Shield
  5. Network Shield
  6. Script Shield
  7. Behavior Shield

Extra Features

avast! Free Antivirus also offers some extra features for making your life easier.

avast-free-antivirus-review-02Software Updater feature in avast! Free Antivirus showing current status of applications in your PC

Software Updater (new in version 8)

Keeping your software applications updated or patched should not require that you proactively check each one, yet for many users this is the only option. Our Software Updater feature shows you an overview of all your outdated software applications, and prompts you to update your security vulnerabilities.

Browser Cleanup (new in version 8)

This new tool serves as a maintenance center where you can delete pesky and unwanted toolbars and plug-ins from your browser(s).

Remote Assitance

Remote Assistance feature lets you initiate remote support from any ‘geek’ computer expert among your friends or family who agrees to help. Initiated by you, it routes through AVAST’s servers, bypasses firewalls, and can be terminated by you at any time. You will never have to ask for help over the phone again.

Personal avast! Account

Your web-based avast! Account portal is your personal directory for all your avast! related data. It allows you to track all your avast! installations, complete with health and status information and other useful statistics.

User Interface (new in version 8)

With version 8 avast! introduced completely redesigned user interface. It’s using recently popular tile style and it’s also optimized for touch screens. Common user has everything he/she may need on the initial screen. We love it.

avast-free-antivirus-review-03Brand new tile style user interface in avast! Free Antivirus version 8

Source: avast! Free Antivirus Official Datasheet

Other Independent Reviews

    • Very nice review suggesting avast! Free Antivirus as ‘the best antivirus app for Windows’ (including paid solutions) has been written on Lifehacker.
    • Comprehensive review with ‘good’ rating has been done by PCMag.
    • Quite useful but out-dated review can be found on CNET Download.com.
    • If you’re tired of reading you can check the detailed (17-minute) video-review of avast! Free Antivirus done by Malware Doctor below:

System Requirements

avast! Free Antivirus system requirements are nothing special and really everyone meets them these days but if you’re not sure you can check them below.

    • Operating system Microsoft Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Processor Intel Pentium III or above
    • 128 MB RAM memory or above
    • 400 MB free hard disk space, or 700 MB if also Google Chrome will be installed

Please note that avast! Free Antivirus 2013 (version 8) won’t work on Microsoft Windows 95 / 98 / ME / 2000 / Server, or any other operating system which isn’t specified above.

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