Spawn

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Re-visiting Avast Free Antivirus after 2 years and comparing the difference.
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System Environment:
  • Running Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit under Hyper-V
  • Available with 2GB RAM and 80 GB Storage

Default and Customise Installation
  1. Google Chrome is still offered, but also now an option to make it the default browser
  2. Under Customise, the recommended protection suggests all 13 components (previously 15 components)
  3. Improved layout and larger font size for readability
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Installation completion & Data collection

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Avast Mobile Security & Referral Scheme
  1. Let's Android users protect their devices
  2. Rewards for new Avast users to share with others
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Avast Main UI & First Scan
  1. Subtle prompt to perform their first Smart Scan
  2. The banner reassures the user they have made the right choice -- thoughts?
  3. Users are shown what checks are being made (browser threats, outdated app, viruses and malware, advanced issues)
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Outdated apps
  1. Users are shown vulnerable apps
  2. Some apps can be automatically updated with Avast
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Advanced Issues - AKA SCAREWARE
  1. Identifies protections that are clearly not available in Free Antivirus!
  2. Asks users to BUY Avast Internet Security (ATTEMPT 1)
  3. If ignored, a Trial of Internet Security for 60-days is offered, but payment details are required (ATTEMPT 2)
  4. Skip for now completes the first scan
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Privacy Issues - AKA SCAREWARE
  1. Alarming Privacy issues about being tracked online, an exposed IP address and known location
  2. Asks users to BUY Avast SecureLine VPN (ATTEMPT 3)
  3. If ignored, a Trial of SecureLine VPN for 60-days is offered, but payment details are required (ATTEMPT 4)
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Activate your Free Antivirus
  1. No thanks
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SCREENSHOTS ONLY

PROTECTION of Free Antivirus Features

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MODERN SETTINGS for Virus Scan and Core Shield

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PROTECTION overview & Ransomware Shield (Padlocked)

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PRIVACY overview & Anti-Track Premium

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PERFORMANCE overview & Cleanup Premium

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MODERN SETTINGS for Software Updater and Do Not Disturb

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ABOUT VERSION: 19.5.x

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uninfected1

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No surprise Avast's reputation has taken a big knock in recent years. It's clearly quite a challenge for an experienced user to avoid all their traps (and that's what they are because they are deliberately using scare tactics and making things confusing) so I've no doubt many Average Joes will get totally confused and unwittingly install stuff by mistake or worse.
 

gery79

Level 6
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the only problem i have is the way they treat paid users by bombarding them with stupid ads and their privacy is like you being more willing to be hit by a virus than having avast. shame on avast for such policy
 

Windows_Security

Level 23
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Due to the improvement of WD, the conversion from free users to paid users has declined from 25% (Yes that high in 2015) to below 10% Figure what that does to Avast's business model. The reduction of voluntary free-to-paid conversion is inversely proportional with the increase in aggressive tactics to convince free users in buying a paid subscription.

In contrast (I don't know this is still factually true at the moment) Panda always surprised me with their GUI options in the free version to refrain from ads and messages.

Still I am thanking the free AV-providers, without them WD probably would not be as good to day.
 

Spawn

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@Seyyed Akram
As suggested above, you can Customise Installation on this screen - remember to deselect Chrome browser on previous screen.

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The First Smart Run will still show "Advanced Issues", but you can Ignore these, as well as the following "Did You Know" Ad for SecureLine VPN.

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@stefanos
Paid features remain present with Padlock in the Avast UI. They cannot be "not installed" or hidden, nor can Driver Updater (placeholder) see in Performance tab. As expected, interacting with locked features will prompt for an upgrade, or may install separately, as shown at the end of this post with Driver Updater.

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Extra Stuff: Avast Driver Updater does not get installed by default. Users have to manually Agree to the terms before it's allowed. If you accidentally install it, you can remove via Control Panel (Windows), or a 3rd-party uninstallation tool. It cannot be removed from Avast Troubleshooting options.

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Seyyed Akram

Level 5
You can do a custom installation and install only the antivirus. And with Evjl's Rain tweaks is one of the most light and secure antivirus
@Seyyed Akram
As suggested above, you can Customise Installation on this screen - remember to deselect Chrome browser on previous screen.

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The First Smart Run will still show "Advanced Issues", but you can Ignore these, as well as the following "Did You Know" Ad for SecureLine VPN.

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@stefanos
Paid features remain present with Padlock in the Avast UI. They cannot be "not installed" or hidden, nor can Driver Updater (placeholder) see in Performance tab. As expected, interacting with locked features will prompt for an upgrade, or may install separately, as shown at the end of this post with Driver Updater.

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Extra Stuff: Avast Driver Updater does not get installed by default. Users have to manually Agree to the terms before it's allowed. If you accidentally install it, you can remove via Control Panel (Windows), or a 3rd-party uninstallation tool. It cannot be removed from Avast Troubleshooting options.

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Thanks @stefanos and @Spawn
I know that I can customise Avast installation but ,to be honest, this is a no go to me. Avast has gone made; they forgot that they were essentially an antivirus product. They include nonesense in their product. I know Avast is really great when it comes to protection but I cannot simply ignore the cons especially when it comes to privacy. I am sorry if I went a little off-topic.
 

oldschool

Level 30
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Have you checked AVG too? I mean, AVG and AVAST are basically the same product now except UI differences, right? So, curious to know if AVG is as annoying as AVAST too?
Same basic protection, except Hardened Mode is medium in AVG. No comparison regarding scarware. Just be mindful to install only components you want/need. AVG is Avast's secret. Long-time users know this and other seekers learn about it. (y)