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Avast, one of the best Windows antivirus software out there, has released the latest version, Avast 2014, which it claims provides faster and better protection than any other in the market.

The new Avast has a new design that sports a flatter look to go with the new Modern UI. Apart from being streamlined, it puts everything in the same place for both Free and Paid product lines, making migration easier. Even in our tests, we found it to be the ultimate fuss-free antivirus Free Anti-Virus Comparison: 5 Popular Choices Go Toe-To-Toe Free Anti-Virus Comparison: 5 Popular Choices Go Toe-To-Toe What is the best free antivirus? This is among the most common questions we receive at MakeUseOf. People want to be protected, but they don’t want to have to pay a yearly fee or use... Read More choice because of its interface.

The big new feature is actually under the hood. It’s called DeepScreen technology for more intelligent detection of false code, misdirections, and other malware techniques.

“By peeling away layers of obscure code, Avast! 2014 is able to observe the binary level commands within the malware to better understand the hidden instructions embedded in it,” the company said.


There’s also a new Hardened Mode. With this, files are blocked from executing unless the user gives a go-ahead and puts it in a “whitelist”, thus keeping you safer from infected files.


Similar to the whitelist for files is a “Do Not Track” function in the browser plugin, which lets users decide on the sites that can track their online usage and block others.

Finally, Avast 2014 lets users create a bootable antivirus ‘Rescue Disk’ on USB, CD or DVD, which can be used even when there is no functioning OS. The Rescue Disk function is available in all Avast products and is an integral part of the new remediation module introduced by this new version.

The 2014 version is available in four consumer variations – avast! Free Antivirus, avast! Pro Antivirus, avast! Internet Security and avast! Premier – and in more than 40 languages. While Avast is also available for Android Avast! Introduces Free Mobile Security App For Android 2.1+ [News] Avast! Introduces Free Mobile Security App For Android 2.1+ [News] There are plenty of free mobile security apps available for Android. The market seems to be filled to the brim with them. Yet it’s hard to say if they’re trustworthy because often they’re developed by... Read More , that has not got an update at this point.

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  1. Saurabh
    January 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    How to block site through Avast 2014?

  2. aruba19
    November 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Yeah, I just updated and this program screwed my machine to the wall. I can now no longer run programs from a thumb drive, (or any USB drive for that matter). When I try to, the programs crash but they leavr their processes running on my computer and even the Task Manager can't kill them.

    In addition, the blasted "do not track" feature will simply not go away.

    Thanks for nothing, Avast. Disappointing. After using this program for years it is now coming off my machine as soon as I find something just as good or better.

  3. Tim B
    October 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Hello Everyone,
    I installed Avast 2014 Free on my Windows 8 laptop. I'm having none of the problems you all are having. Please try to COMPLETELY uninstall any previous antivirus programs you have used. Most problem are because of "left over" files from other av programs. Hope this helps.

  4. Rob in NY
    October 30, 2013 at 3:36 am

    How do you disable this deepscreen thing? It keeps shutting down programs that I'm trying to run. These are legitimate programs I've used for years.

    • cedr777
      October 31, 2013 at 8:18 am

      uncheck it

    • Alex
      November 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Oh, now that's real helpful, cedr. Nice non-answer.

  5. Steve
    October 27, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I had the paid avast internet security, it was very good. Then the 2014 up-date happened and it nearly made My computer a paper weight. and if You go to avasts own forum, You'll see I'm not the only one. It started with a warning " exclamation mark" in the task bar, saying I wasn't protected. I clicked on it, and it said click to fix so I did. I thought it was just going to re-loaded it, but it extracted files and data, then said re-start Your computer. after re-start I was caught in a cycle of " shut down and re-boots. So I pulled the plug out to escape. I re-started the comp and it just done the same thing again. So I started in safe mode "not sure if I should have UN-installed avast then" but I didn't, I done a roll back to an earlier start point. re-booted. I went straight to mini dump to see what was there. I found about 6/7 blue screen files, all the same date and time as the up-date. I UN-installed avast, run ccleaner ( don't use this on Your own ) then run aft, still a good little piece of gear to use. I re-installed the free version of avast, to see if I could work out what was going on. if I go to security center, it says antivi not running. I have to start it running manually, no icon in the task bar till I click the main symbol in start up. Avast aren't making a good job of warning People about this problem. I'm very disapointed

  6. les goodyer
    October 25, 2013 at 3:36 am

    The ability to block pop up gambling ,sex, dating site is gone
    not happy

  7. Dariyan
    October 22, 2013 at 5:16 am

    that is i blocks it from being to go online with java mostly with certain updaters and jdownloader

  8. Dariyan
    October 22, 2013 at 5:15 am

    avast 2014 also blocks all java and .rss apps - this needs to be fixed now.

  9. Gordon Hay
    October 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    While I like avast very much and have used it for a couple of years, I am disappointed that the browser plug in is very buggy (at least in Firefox - so much so that I have had to disable it. I hope they get this sorted soon as all the rest of the app is very good.

  10. Bruno C
    October 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    You forgot to mention that it REQUIRES you to register within 30 days. So, no, thanks. I'll stick to Avira.

    • likefunbutnot
      October 22, 2013 at 5:19 am

      Registration is free and, moreover, there's really no incentive for you to type anything but whatever random made-up information you feel like typing.

      Avast Free (and absolutely none of the for-pay versions) is distinctly lighter in terms of overall resource utilization than Avira, FortiClient, Panda Free or MSE/Windows Defender; it's basically my last stop before deciding that a system should not longer be protected by Antivirus. The new version is a bit more heavy weight but still relatively reasonable for anything new enough to at least have shipped with a Vista license on it.

      I believe the biggest single reason for the new version is that the old one supposedly had compatibility problems with Windows 8.1. I didn't observe any over the last month or so that I've had 8.1, but Windows was perfectly happy to tell me I was going to.

    • Tim B
      October 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Hey Bruno,
      It's a free registration that's good for a year and then you just re-register again.

    • Tim B
      October 31, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Hello Everyone,
      I have Avast 2014 free installed on my Windows 8 Laptop. I have NONE of the problems you're speaking of. Please make sure you have COMPLETELY removed all other antivirus programs you've previously used. Most issues are because of "left over" files. Hope this helps.

  11. Martin R
    October 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Just installed it this morning after I had to reinstall Windows. Good UI, lightweight, doesn't get in the way. Looking good so far.

  12. Kamil K
    October 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I live the new Avast look but finding the update checker was difficult. I just added "update" to the 4 customizable spots on the main page.

    • Tim B
      October 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Hi, You can set it to check for updates in minutes if you want. There's no need to do it manually.