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August 5th, 2014

Is free antivirus better than expensive solutions?

avast! Free Antivirus is top free antivirus in real-world testing by DTLavast! Free Antivirus is highest scoring free security product for efficiency and effectiveness in removing threats and protecting PC users.

When it comes to household economics, savvy consumers look for quality products at a good price. You can’t get a better price than FREE, and avast! Free Antivirus delivers on quality as well – often better, than expensive security solutions.

A series of tests conducted this April – June by Dennis Technology Labs proved that point. Windows PCs set up like your normal computer at home were exposed to real-world malware and viruses. avast! Free Antivirus was the most effective free anti-malware product in the top 5, providing the most thorough protection with an impressive 93 percent protection level. The average protection level of the tested products was 86 percent. With the exception of avast! Free Antivirus, the products that rounded out the top five require a license that costs money. Other free products tested were much less effective.

Two distinct tests were conducted: One that measured how the products handled internet threats and one that measured how they handled legitimate programs. In the tests, Avast protected the system against 93 percent of the threats; defending the system 82 times and neutralizing threats 11 times.

Simon Edwards, technical director of the UK-based lab, said, “…products that prevented users from visiting the malicious sites in the first place gained a significant advantage. If the malware can’t download onto the victim’s computer then the anti-malware software faces less of an ongoing challenge.”

Each product was installed on a clean Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit target system. The operating system was updated with Service Pack 1, although no later patches or updates were applied. Patching improves the security of the system and we advise you to keep all software updated. avast! Browser Cleanup can help you accomplish this. This short tutorial shows you how it works.

 

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  • cdgoldin

    Avast has caused more problems for me than any conceivable virus could do!

    Avast Anti-Virus 8.0.1483.72 prevented MS Word from SAVING the file being edited, which resulted in total loss of the file (since MS Word, like all word processors, saves the work file, deletes the named file, and then renames the work file as the named file). Apparently Avast prevented the rename operation from completing. And thus, not only the current session’s work would be lost, be the original file as well. Thank G-d for backups! And, of course, Avast’s “technical support” had no solution, or suggestion other than their standard “remove and reinstall” (which accomplished nothing), even though this problem has been widely-reported for many years, with many versions of Avast.

    I went back to Avast, version 2014.9.0.2018, which had solved the MS-Word problem, but added a few annoyances (such as a “browser cleanup” tool, that destroys your browser configuration; a “grime fighter” that warns of non-existent “grime”, and pop-up advertisements and inaccurate warnings which cannot be disabled.)

    Then, Avast 2014.9.0.2021 reintroduced the MS-Word problem, as well as slowing down my measured disk speed from 140 MB/s to less than 2 MB/s! And, again, Avast “technical support” has no suggestions other than to remove and reinstall, which accomplished nothing.

  • Faysal Yousuf

    Then, Avast 2014.9.0.2021 reintroduced the MS-Word problem, as well as slowing down my measured disk speed from 140 MB/s to less than 2 MB/s! And, again, Avast “technical support” has no suggestions other than to remove and reinstall, which accomplished nothing.
    http://freeantivirusrocks.com/

  • Accurate Computer

    Hello, a great post by Deborah. In my opinion for those who access internet with their system must have licensed antivirus as they provide you better protection against the harmful viruses but for those who use their system offline or for limited purpose can use free version antivirus. Even being free they also provide you the enough protection against viruses. I am Avast antivirus, as I am a freelancer and visit many websites daily so I purchased licensed antivirus and I am totally satistied with it.