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Free antivirus test: Free Avast Antivirus 2019Published on
We can say it: last year, Avast didn’t get involved! In its 2018 edition, the publisher offered an antivirus almost identical to that of the previous year and the few new features were, for the most part, reserved for paid products. This year, we expect Avast to introduce new things. Is this the case? This is what we will check in this test of Avast Antivirus Free 2019.
Free Avast Antivirus 2019 Installation
As always, we started by installing the antivirus on a machine whose only protection was Windows Defender. The installation process does not present any particular difficulties, however, we have identified a few points:
- In one of the windows, a default checkbox also installs Avast Secure Browser, a secure browser developed by Avast that protects the user when surfing the Internet. As it is not a program integrated directly into the antivirus, we have not tested it.
- The user is also asked to install Android protection if he/she wishes.
- Just before the end of the installation, Avast offers an insert explaining that the antivirus software recovers usage data but that information that identifies users is not shared. The user can change the data usage settings in the antivirus interface later on.
For the rest, the process is quite fast. Once Avast Free Antivirus is installed, you will be taken directly to the main antivirus window.
Free Avast Antivirus 2019 Interface
First observation: the interface of Avast Antivirus Free 2019 has not changed one iota. For the third consecutive year, Avast has kept the same organization with the different features that are grouped in several buttons on the left: protection, privacy and performance.
When you open each button, the menu unfolds and you will notice that several options are accompanied by a small padlock, a sign that they are not present in the free version of the antivirus. Once again, we find it a shame to unnecessarily overload the menus with functions that are inaccessible to users.
For the rest, as in previous years, we find that Avast Antivirus 2019’s interface remains pleasant to look at and use.
Free Avast Antivirus 2019 Features
For several years, Avast Antivirus Free 2019 has been trying to differentiate itself by offering more and more features. It is a long time ago when a free antivirus was only composed of an antivirus.
Today, Avast also offers to analyze your home network, memorize your passwords for you, be your VPN or help you update your drivers and software.
As for the new features of the 2019 edition, they are very brief since the antivirus only highlights the “do not disturb” mode that we will have the opportunity to look at a little more closely in the rest of this test.
Free Avast Antivirus 2019 Performance
As we do for each test, we wanted to check if the antivirus performance was still there. As soon as it was installed, the antivirus detected malware remnants that we had left there voluntarily.
When contextualizing malware-filled files, the results were not long in coming: more than 3000 threats were detected and the neutralization was fast and effective. On this part, Avast has never failed us.
When we handled some infected files, Avast sent them directly to the quarantine area. Another very good point!
On the web protection side, Avast is in charge of proposing the installation of an extension for your browser: Avast Online Security. We tried to get to a dubious page but web protection quickly got us back on track. Several tests have validated its effectiveness.
The password manager has changed a little bit but remains very complete and easy to use. First of all, it proposes to recover the passwords stored on your browser. It can also store bank data or written notes that are then protected by a password.
The Software Updater module keeps the installed software up to date. The tool lists the programs with updates available and then offers to download them. This module has been around for several years and has always proven its effectiveness, especially if you don’t like spending time manually downloading updates for each of your software.
Driver Updater is a module that can be downloaded in addition to Avast’s antivirus. It analyzes the different components of your machine and warns you if you use an obsolete driver. It then provides a link to download a more recent version when possible. This is a very useful tool because there are few drivers that notify users when they can be updated.
Avast also has several tools that are presented as integrated with Avast Antivirus Free 2019; please understand that they do not appear with a lock in the program menu. However, this does not mean that they are usable. This is the case of the VPN where the publisher offers a 60-day trial if and only if the customer provides his bank details. Of course, it is possible to cancel later, but the user must think about it on his own, otherwise he will have to pay a monthly subscription.
This year’s main new feature is the “Do not disturb” mode, which has been well thought out. In fact, the user can choose software that, when in full screen, will prevent antivirus notifications from being displayed. The operation is simple and efficient: simply drag and drop the program in question into the Avast interface and you’re done.
Finally, we will end with AntiTrack Premium and Cleanup Premium, two features that, at first sight, are part of the antivirus and are only incentives to subscribe to these two tools. While some features such as the Firewall have a small padlock to prevent them from being accessible in the free version, it is possible to click on AntiTrack Premium and CleanUp Premium to reach a window indicating that you must subscribe to a trial offer by indicating your bank details.
It is still possible to test Cleanup by bypassing the window but this is not the case for AntiTrack Premium which is inaccessible without getting your hands on the wallet.
Avast Free Antivirus 2019 is a new transition version. The differences with version 2018 can be seen on the fingers of one hand. Always as effective as ever, Avast gives you the feeling of being safe, both during analysis and thanks to web protection. The other tools offered are also effective, at least those that can be tested. Because the defect of the product is the range of functions noted as available but not available. Avast is playing the advertising antivirus card to the full: the various menus highlight tools that require additional subscriptions. This is a pity because previous versions tended to erase this aspect of the product. Fortunately, if you’re only looking for a free antivirus, Avast does the job perfectly!
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