Download Avast Antivirus 2013 Version 7.0.1474
Size: 97.57 MB
Avast Antivirus 2013 Description:
avast! Free Antivirus represents the best free antivirus protection currently available on the market. This edition is FREE OF CHARGE for non-commercial & home use. Its features include:
- Anti-spyware built-in
- Web Shield
- Anti-rootkit built-in
- Automatic updates
- Strong self-protection
- Virus Chest
- Antivirus kernel
- System integration
- Simple User Interface
- Integrated Virus Cleaner
- Resident protection
- Support for 64-bit Windows
- P2P and IM Shields
- Network Shield
Avast Antivirus 2013 Technical Details
Title: Avast! Free Antivirus 7.0.1474
File size: 92.98MB (97,495,576 bytes)
Requirements: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows7 / XP64 / Vista64 / Windows7 64 / Windows8 / Windows8 64
Languages: Multiple languages
License: Non-Commercial Freeware
Date added: November 1, 2012
Author: Avast Software www.avast.com
Change log of Avast Antivirus 2013
# Includes following changes/fixes:
* Win8 BSOD fixed (but still investigating some issues)
* Crashes, freezes on WinXp 64b fixed
* WebRep issues fixed
* Sandbox stability improved
Screenshot of Avast Antivirus 2013
Avast Antivirus 2013 Review:
Looking to compete with both paid and free security suites, Avast wants to create a unified approach to your computer security. Long gone are the days of the quirky interface. Avast is accessible and robust, with an impressive list of free features and strong, though hardly stellar, performance benchmarks.
Avast 2012 gets bigger antivirus cannons
Features and support
While these tools are clearly non-essential, and some of the prices struck as high–$10 for a Rescue disc? $50 for an annual backup service?–we like that Avast gives its fans a chance to stay in its eco-system. The Avast EasyPass, for example, is an Avast-branded version of RoboForm’s premium password manager and is well worth the $9.99 annual fee.
Avast 2012, aka Avast 7, includes several new features that directly impact your security. One of the biggest changes is a hybrid update technology that pushes out updates in real time. Because a full database update isn’t required, Avast users will get their security updates much faster than before. Full database updates will also be pushed out, just not as frequently.
Another important security change introduces a file reputation system for evaluating downloads. This tech has existed for a couple of years in paid security suites like Norton, Kaspersky, and Bitdefender, but Avast is the first free antivirus to offer it. It leverages community data from Avast’s enormous active user base to help determine if a file is safe.
Avast’s WebRep browser add-on for instant Web site safety evaluation has been extended to work with Safari, and it will also now check for fake certificates. Faked security certificates were an unexpected problem last year, demonstrating how fragile Web security protocol could be.
In a half-day of testing, none of these appeared to cause any negative impact on computer or browsing performance. Assuming these technologies work as advertised, your computer ought to be a fair bit safer from malware with them.
And although we’re more than half a year away from Windows 8, Avast has included some attention for the forthcoming Windows 8 beta, also known as the Consumer Preview, gets some attention from Avast as the suite includes an Early-Load Antimalware Driver (ELAM) for guarding against system-level rootkits.
Avast’s browser add-on now works in Safari (not pictured), and paid users can force their browsers to always run sandboxed from a single checkbox.
The free version of Avast is arguably the most comprehensive set of freely available security features on the market. There’s a reason these guys have more than 150 million active users (at the time this review was written). The antivirus, antispyware, and heuristics engines form a security core that also includes multiple real-time shields. Along with the new features, it’s got an AutoSandbox for automatically walling off suspicious programs; a full complement of shields that guard against scripts, P2P networks, instant messaging, and potentially dangerous program behavior; a silent/gaming mode; on-demand boot scanning; and a healthy output of statistics for the data nerds.
Avast’s sandbox, by the way, automatically places programs in a virtualized state when it suspects them of being threats. It walls off suspicious programs, preventing them from potentially damaging your system while allowing them to run. As the program runs, the sandbox keeps track of which files are opened, created, or renamed, and what it reads and writes from the Registry. Permanent changes are virtualized, so when the process terminates itself, the system changes it made will evaporate.
The company hasn’t said whether the virtualized state begins after the program already has access to your system, so it’s theoretically possible that it could be compromised. There’s not a single security feature in any program that hasn’t been been compromised at some point, though, so “theoretically hackable” is true of all security features. The AutoSandbox will now advise you when you’re done using it as to how best to handle the program in the future.
The AutoSandbox for free users is different from Avast’s paid-upgrade sandbox, and the paid upgrades to Avast Pro and Avast Internet Security include both the automatic version and the older, manually initiated version.
You can access the AutoSandbox settings from the new Additional Protection option on the left nav. It defaults to asking the user whether a program should be sandboxed, although you can set it to automatically decide. There’s a whitelist option for programs that you always want to exclude from the sandbox, or you can deactivate the feature entirely.
In addition to these core security features, Avast has some nifty extras to help you out. The Troubleshooting section now comes with a “restore factory settings” option, which makes it easier to wipe settings back to a familiar starting point, and comes with the option to restore only the Shields settings, leaving other changes untouched, like permanently running in silent mode.
There’s a sidebar desktop gadget for Windows 7 and Vista, and you can set automatic actions for the boot-time scan. Available under the Scan Computer tab, the boot-time scan customizations give you far more flexibility in managing the lengthy and time-consuming boot scan.
Meanwhile, new in Avast Free is the Remote Assistance feature, for single-instance, friend-to-friend remote tech support. Part of the main Avast interface, all the other person has to have is…Avast.
It’s a good way to get others to install the program, but this isn’t the only single-serving tech support option around. Still, in our tests, it worked fine. One person shares a code with the other, and voila! Instant remote PC access. Simply close the window to break the connection.
Avast doesn’t offer an on-demand link-scanning feature, like AVG and Norton do, although the company says that the way that Avast’s Web shield behaves ought to protect you automatically from any malicious URLs by automatically preventing the URL from resolving in-browser. A page will appear letting you know that Avast has blocked the site because it is suspected to contain a threat.
There weren’t many big changes for Avast Pro Antivirus or Avast Internet Security users, but there were improvements made to the Safe Zone and Browser Sandbox features. The Browser Sandbox now lets you force Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari to always run sandboxed away from your system. SafeZone now automatically asks you when you’re about to perform a browser-based financial transaction if you’d like to switch to the SafeZone mode.
As far as Avast’s impact on system performance goes, in a real-world test Avast completed its scans in a timely yet not blazingly fast manner. A Quick Scan took about 20 minutes, and the Full Scan took 59 minutes. RAM usage was surprisingly light, with Avast only eating up about 16MB when running a scan.
CNET Labs determined that Avast has a fairly light touch on your computer’s performance. Avast Free 2012 scored well below the average impact on startup time, and had the least impact of all suites tested on your PC’s shutdown time. Scans were faster than average, beating big names like Norton, Kaspersky, and Bitdefender, a tad slower than AVG, but not as fast as Trend Micro or Webroot.
|Security Program||Boot time||Shutdown time||Scan time||MS Office performance||iTunes decoding||Media multitasking||Cinebench|
|Average of all tested systems (to date)||67.4||16.2||1,058||414||125||347||17,129|
|Avast Free Antivirus 2012||55.2||9.6||800||412||126||347||16,976|
|Avast Pro Antivirus 2012||69.8||11.3||732||402||126||343||17,148|
|Avast Internet Security 2012||63.6||12.2||831||407||125||346||17,060|
*All tests measured in seconds, except for Cinebench. On the Cinebench test, the higher number is better.
Avast performed better than average on the MS Office test, around average on iTunes Decoding and Media Multitasking, and a bit worse than average in our Cinebench test. On the key end-user experiences of its impact on your startup and shutdown times, and scan time performance, Avast won’t make you want to walk a plank out of frustration.
All the security features in the world do you no good if they don’t keep you safe, and on that count Avast performs well in general. However, as results from independent efficacy testing groups indicate, Avast could’ve had a better 2011.
AV-Test.org gave the previous version of Avast a passing rating in its most recent test, on a Windows 7 computer from December 2011. Avast 6 barely passed with the minimum passing score of 11 out of 18. It reached 4 out of 6 in Protection, 3.0 out of 6 in Repair, and a 5 out of 6 in Usability, for a total of 12. Usability includes testing for false positives, which Avast suffered on.
AV-Comparatives.org also saw room for improvement in Avast during November 2011. The suite blocked only 93.6 percent of threats tested during that month, which could then be kicked up to a more respectable 95.9 percent with some settings tweaks by the user. Looking at January 2011 to November 2011, Avast did much better, blocking 95.6 percent outright and bumping to 97.5 percent with adjusted settings.
As far as certification goes, Avast received the Advanced+ certification from AV-Comparatives for the first half of 2011, but only Standard certification in the second half. Right now, we doubt that this is going to cause much consternation among Avast fans, but a full year of weak scores could smite the ardor of even the most enthusiastic fan.
Judging from these results, Avast has to make some changes to its detection rates quickly to convince people that its strong feature set is worth it.
Download Avast Antivirus 2013 Ver:7.0.1474