Saturday, March 2, 2013

Avast! Free Antivirus 8 Pros and Cons

As a whole Avast! Free Antivirus 8 left positive impression.

 Manufacturers are constantly make changes in terms of the interface, and from the point of view of functional content.

And here it is important for developers to experiment with the interface does not become an end in itself, and would not cause the users' psychological fatigue from frequent changes of the appearance of anti-virus.

 Also encouraged a constant, though not dramatically, increasing functional content. Of the cons should note the presence of constant calls to extend the functionality and buy "more protection." However, this can be considered as an intangible cost for a free antivirus.


  • New user interface. He's really comfortable and in comparison with the previous version of the antivirus has become easier. Also in the Avast! Free Antivirus 8 panel was made for the convenience of the interface using the touch pad on a mobile device and removed the duplication of functions in a number of sections.
  • Tool to monitor and download updates to a number of popular programs («Software Health»). Although its functionality and is very modest, but still can afford to avoid vulnerabilities in applications such as Adobe Reader, Flash, Java, which updates come out very often.
  • Utility to "clean up" the browser («Browser Cleanup»). Allows centralized removed from browsers various panels and add-ons that the user often because of ignorance or inattention s gets load when installing applications or registration on different sites.
  • Protection on the Internet. By using Phishing Filter technology WebRep, providing information about the reputation of websites based on user evaluations and web filtering for "black" lists of websites and URL-addresses.
  • The use of "cloud" technology. "Cloud" is used to obtain critical updates antivirus databases and file reputation.
  • Educational materials and feedback. This is traditionally a strong ridge of avast! allowing the user to not be alone with the problem. He can use various sources of information on working with Antivirus, use the system remote assistance from friends, as well as using a query or send trace support.


  • The presence of similar functions in different sections. Components «AccessAnyware» and "Remote Assistance" perform similar functions, and can complement each other, but Avast! Free Antivirus 8 they are made separately, which may confuse some users.
  • Availability of permanent offers to buy the older versions Avast! Free Antivirus 8. Especially annoying blocked function in the interface, which will be available for a price. This also reduces the functionality of the main window, in which of the six components, only three allow you to run any tools, and the remaining three "asking for money."
  • Nonrationality horizontal functional panels. These panels as «Market» and "Community" and "Service" and "Support" can be combined, resulting in management would be easier.

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