Solved What do you think of Avaast?

March 10, 2015 at 20:06:26
Specs: Windows 7
Is it worth downloading? Do you need something like this? What are options?

I get a message saying to download Avaast. I googled it. People say different things. I'd like your expert opinions.

Thanks for help.


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March 13, 2015 at 08:25:34
I have used Avast (as mentioned, download only from Avast and be wary of anything that tells you to download anything at all unless you specifically went looking for it) and it was good but does appear to have become a bit heavy on system resources (no where near as bad as McAfee or Norton). Note that you can only run one antivirus program on your system a t a time. For a long time I have been using Webroot's antivirus products and I have been very satisfied with them (pay for though). The latest is their Secure Anywhere antivirus (avoid all of the 'premium' products that add much more components since they always seem to waste more system resources - though I have not tried Webroot's version of these) which appears to use very little of system's resources, never appears to slow things down, and does not bug me with a lot of pop ups and warnings (which are very rare and do not get in the way). It did once stop my browser from following a link to a site that I clicked on and informed me that is was a suspect site and gave me the option of ignoring the warning and going anyway... In my eyes, just the right level of protection (I even have their app on my cell phone).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



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March 10, 2015 at 20:20:24
"People say different things"
You will get exactly the same here.

I use MS AV & firewall.

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March 11, 2015 at 08:26:15
I have used [and still happily use] both Avast free and pay-for Avast Anti-Virus. Properly, carefully, configured, it will do the job really well! There are false positives, so restore what you know is good. Both free and fee come with extra Tools [doohickies that use doodads to accomplish non-Anti-virus things; choose wisely 'cause performance can take a hit].

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March 11, 2015 at 13:04:25
"I get a message saying to download Avast"

I'm curious, where did this message come from?
If it just arrived out of the blue then maybe it is malware and not genuine.
Your computer might be infested.

EDIT:
I assumed Avaast was a typo for Avast (correct spelling) but now I'm wondering if it was something pretending to be the real thing.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#4
March 11, 2015 at 13:55:40
"...got a message to download Avast..."
...I missed that part! Avast should be downloaded only from Avast's web site. No other place.

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#5
March 13, 2015 at 07:44:23
Which anti-virus are you currently using?

"People say different things"

As Johnw said - you will get exactly the same here.

I used to be an AVG fan until it became bloated. Then I tried Avast after reading all the positive comments in these forums. I didn't like it (seemed to slow my system) so I switched to MSE. I used that for quite a while until an infection got past the goalie (admittedly, I do visit some unsavory sites plus use the torrents). I'm now using BitDefender Free Edition & so far, so good.


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March 13, 2015 at 08:25:34
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I have used Avast (as mentioned, download only from Avast and be wary of anything that tells you to download anything at all unless you specifically went looking for it) and it was good but does appear to have become a bit heavy on system resources (no where near as bad as McAfee or Norton). Note that you can only run one antivirus program on your system a t a time. For a long time I have been using Webroot's antivirus products and I have been very satisfied with them (pay for though). The latest is their Secure Anywhere antivirus (avoid all of the 'premium' products that add much more components since they always seem to waste more system resources - though I have not tried Webroot's version of these) which appears to use very little of system's resources, never appears to slow things down, and does not bug me with a lot of pop ups and warnings (which are very rare and do not get in the way). It did once stop my browser from following a link to a site that I clicked on and informed me that is was a suspect site and gave me the option of ignoring the warning and going anyway... In my eyes, just the right level of protection (I even have their app on my cell phone).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
March 15, 2015 at 17:52:43
I found that was a mispelling - it's Avast.

It did just come up. I didn't look for it but I recently had it serviced and maybe the person went to the Avast site or did something to make it come up.

I'd like to avoid paying for Antivirus.

I'm not sure how important it is. Does everyone really need this?


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#8
March 15, 2015 at 18:30:29
There is a free version of Avast so you don't need to pay for it.

Have you any Anti-Virus on the system, if so which one? It is bad to have two running in the background at once (slows things down - they check each other).

Up to you but I would be inclined to at least run these two just to make sure nothing odd is going on (both free and often find what AV's miss):

MalwareBytes:
http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...
(green Download button top right - not anything else on the page)
Run the program but before doing the scan go to "Settings > Detection and Protection" and put a checkmark in "Scan for rootkits".

ADWCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the Scan. You then have options to remove whatever it shows under each heading in the table that appears below, although it is usually safe to run "Cleaning".

If either find anything please copy/paste the logs on here so that we can see what is happening? They will not clash with anything as they are only run on demand.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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