It’s taken a while, but the latest version of Avast free antivirus is available for download. Packed with useful features, Avast 8 is faster, good-looking, and more reliable than its predecessor. Lets take a look at the new features in the free version of Avast.
Avast has obviously spent a lot of time and effort on refining its interface. Avast 8 new interface sports a clean, professional design. The new, tile-based metro interface matches quite nicely with the Windows 8 modern UI, and is designed to make the antivirus program usable on all kinds of PCs, from desktop to touchscreen tablets.
Menus on the navigation are bold and clearly visible, and the main page displays icons of the essential functions. All in all, the new design make it a pleasure to use.
Built-in Software Updater
There is a new built-in component in Avast 8 that runs a quick scan on all the programs on your computer, and tell you which ones can be upgraded. All your outdated program can be updated to the latest version, right in the interface, just by a single click. You can find this new component under security tab.
Browser Cleanup is a standalone tool that is available under Tools> Brower cleanup. This tool is not automatically installed with Avast 8, and you need to download and install it manually by clicking the Download button. But one installed, this tool make it easy to get rid of unwanted toolbars from your browsers. Additionally, you can disable browser add-ons or extensions that you don’t require.
Access Anywhere (Freemium feature)
With this feature, you can connect the screen of a remote PC. Your monitor will show a view of the far-away screen, and you can easily transfer files between the connected PC.
Free version lets you remotely control a computer but not allow computer to remotely controlled by others. For that, you need paid-for version the “Avast Premier” that goes beyond internet security.
Note: When you install Avast! 8, make sure you select custom install, as in the second step the installer will automatically install Google Drive with it.