Avast Free Antivirus is top-rated free security software

Deborah Salmi 25 May 2016

Wondering if free antivirus protection is worth it? Avast Free Antivirus has nearly 100% malware detection rates with 0 false positives. We did better than pricey premium products! WooHoo!

Avast Free Antivirus has nearly 100% detection rate and no false positives.

Wondering if Avast Free Antivirus is worth the price? We understand that when it comes to “free” things, you mostly get what you pay for. But in the case of Avast Free Antivirus, our free security product is better than pricey premium antivirus products!


In an April 2016 test comparing the malware detection rates of 19 antivirus products, Avast Free Antivirus has a nearly perfect 100% detection rate (99.5%) with no false positives. Other vendors threw their premium versions into the ring, but we choose to send our free contender because we stand by its quality. Vendors include Kaspersky Internet Security, Microsoft Defender, and AVG Internet Security.

The AV-Comparatives Real-World Test

One of the most respected independent testing labs, AV-Comparatives, put 19 products under the microscope in a “Whole Product-Dynamic Real-World Protection Test.” This comprehensive test is called real-world because the lab runs it on a system that is just like what ordinary users run at home, school, or in small and medium-sized businesses worldwide. They used a machine with Microsoft 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1 with up-to-date software like Adobe Flash, Acrobat, and Java.

The test cases used cover a wide range of current malicious sites and provide insights into the protection given by the latest versions of the security products, using all their protection features, while surfing the web.

Check out the results on the chart at the AV-Comparatives Results Page.

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