Monthly Archives: August 2014


Long time before I put my trust in Avast! Free Antivirus, I used Symantec Antivirus (Corporate Edition), Norton Antivirus, Avira Personal Edition, Vipre Premium, Comodo Internet Security, and Roboscan. All were used—at least—for 1 year. And in the beginning of this year, I tried to use Trend Micro Internet Security 2014—only for 1 week because it was slowing down my machine! So, finally I returned to Avast!

Read my post about my experience in using Trend Micro Internet Security 2014 here:

I had seen Avast! Free Antivirus in my friend’s computer a few years before I familiarized myself with it. And for almost 2 years recently, I run Avast! and always install it whenever my friends or my neighbors ask for quick, light, and reliable antivirus. Avast! is not an ordinary free antivirus. It has some superiorities than its competitors. It is totally a simple and powerful free antivirus in the market. It also light and “sharp”.

The stuffs that I love (and you’ll love them too)

User interface. First of all, the user interface of an antivirus can’t really be denied as an important thing to be considered. Avast! has all best UI categories: simple, intuitive, and easy access even for newbie.

Avast UI

Active protection. The active protection covers 3 functions: file system shield, mail shield (to scan incoming and outgoing POP3 and IMAP4 e-mail, including the connection that is used), and web shield (to secure our daily online activities by blocking malware URLs, site blocking, script scanning, etc.).

Scanning preferences. When I let Avast! to run in its basic scanning preferences, it runs smooth. Even when I changed the parameters for optimum scanning, such as set the sensitivity, heuristic level, and scanning priority, I got no problem at all. No massive memory consumption. No lag. No crash or “not responding” label in any windows during the scanning process.

Customizing scanning preferences and antivirus parameters are easy to do. All scanning modes can be set easily to increase the power and sharpness of Avast!. We can choose the default scanning mode and schedule it to run in a specific time to ensure that our system is well protected. There are 5 scanning modes that we can customize to meet our needs: basic scan, full system scan, removable media scan (also integrated with Windows Explorer), select folder to scan (also integrated with Windows Explorer), and boot-time scan. Read the rest of this entry