avast! Free Antivirus 8.0.1497 (avast! redesigned for Windows 8) free download from software World

avast! Free Antivirus 8.0.1497 (avast! redesigned for Windows 8) free download from software World

Avast Antivirus

Avast Antivirus 

avast! Free Antivirus finally debuts a version that is optimized for Windows 8. While the application doesn't function as a Modern UI app, it takes design cues from the operating system. There are plenty of updates that make avast! Free Antivirus one of the best free antivirus suites.


avast! Free Antivirus is loaded with tons of features. From the home tab you can gain quick access to your system status, virus scan, software updater, stats, and the market. Features like the firewall and SafeZone require a premium subscription.
The software updater that's included with avast! Free Antivirus alerts users about outdated applications that are installed but only offers a link to the program page to download the latest update. Paying for a premium subscription will allow you to update your apps within the application. There's even an option to update automatically in the paid versions of avast!
avast! Free Antivirus offers more than just virus protection. The application also includes "cloud services," which gathers information from other avast! users to compare the reputation of similar files. These updates are constantly streamed to and from avast! so users don't have to worry about downloading updates.
New to avast! Free Antivirus is the Market where you can purchase additional features and services. The app itself is very good at reminding users how many features are missing so the Market makes it even more tempting to upgrade. Purchases can be made directly inside the application.


Using avast! Free Antivirus is very straightforward. Features and sections of the application are clearly marked with short explanations about what each feature does.
Like with many other antivirus applications, the amount of options and features is a little overwhelming. There are icons in the Security tab that are clearly marked with a green status light indicating everything is working as it should. This makes it easy to see what parts of the application require user action.
For the most part, avast! Free Antivirus is an application that you can configure and forget about. The program will display a popup if anything needs your action.


avast! Free Antivirus is well designed with tons of features. While it's not as simple as it could be, it works well and is completely free. It's nice that avast! Free Antivirus doesn't include an annoying tool bar, but it does install a web extension to monitor malicious links while you're browsing.
While avast! Free Antivirus excels as an antivirus application, it doesn't do much in the way of being a one-stop-shop for all your computer maintenance needs. Other apps like I Obit's Advanced System care with Antivirus offer more features that will make sure your computer is running its fastest.
Scans were performed quickly but not the best we've seen. This really depends on your hardware and how many files you have on your computer.


At the end of the day, it's easy to see what avast! Free Antivirus remains at the top of our download charts. The amount of features that free users have access to is amazing. While it's annoying that the app nags you to upgrade to a paid subscription, it's a small price to pay for a well designed antivirus solution that's completely free. Now if only avast! could include some computer maintence features.

Avast Antivirus

What's new


  • Software Health module

  • Browser Cleanup tool

  • New User Interface

  • Compatible with Windows 8

  • Advanced Privacy Tools (avast! Premier only)

  • Access Anywhere (avast! Premier only)

  • Improved Auto sandbox/Sandbox technology

  • Improved General AV performance and stability
Review last updated: 28/02/13
  • Windows 8 inspired interface
  • Tons of features
  • avast! cloud services
  • Upgrades can be purchased within the app
  • Plenty of reminds of missing features
  • No PC maintenance features
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