Okay, so I checked out Avast One Essential which is equivalent to Avast Free.
View attachment 260603View attachment 260604
It has a brand-new UI which is more streamlined. Features and options are easier to find. But now it comes with a white & yellowish design with some blue & green here and there. I'm someone who prefers darker UI, so I'm not a fan of the color.
View attachment 260605View attachment 260606View attachment 260607View attachment 260608
Avast One also includes the free Firewall.
Avast free site redirects download to...Fortunately, Avast Free and Premium are still available.
I can see what Avast was trying to achieve with this new release, and honestly for 99% of the mainstream users it will be a improvement compared to the old product. The UI is much more steam-lined, easier to navigate, settings are kept to only the essential options. Bundled with features like a VPN, disk cleaner and identity protection what many mainstream users of avast will enjoy.
Of course these bundled features will be considered bloatware by more hardcore users, no option to deselect features during install, and the removal of more fine tuned options in the settings will all be considered downgrades by these users. It's understandable though that avast is aiming for the more mainstream users, that is 99% of their user base.
I believe both of these are correct, without contradiction.These AVs are getting desperate to find relevancy now. macOS monterey is hardened and a new architecture renders a lot of malware moot. Windows 11 is being aggressively hardened too and Windows Defender is one of the best AVs now making 3rd party AVs unnecessary for most. So they have to adapt and change their business model. Anything to spread fearmongering. Kaspersky started this first with their Security Cloud. Then you had F-Secure, Norton, Avira and now Avast.
I even see this in AVG. I prefer its UI to Avast but so much of it is auto-default for the brain-dead. Users may custom install features but how many know how or are too afraid?It's understandable though that avast is aiming for the more mainstream users, that is 99% of their user base.
Not impressed with the pics of the new UI, but that's secondary to me. How good is the firewall? Is the AV still top notch? I'm tempted to give it a try but will wait to read or see some tests on all of the parts to find out if it does the job.