Avast Free vs Avast Pro

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by TomAZ, Sep 5, 2012.

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  1. TomAZ

    TomAZ Registered Member

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    Have used Avast Free for a long time now with no problems or complaints whatsoever. However, just wondering. . . is it worth the $40/yr to upgrade to Avast Pro?

    I've seen and read all of the comparisons, but I'd would love to hear some feedback from real users.
     
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    That's a great price, but that's only for one year. Then you have to anti up again -- probably at the full price.
     
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    True but usually before your license expires there will either be a deal somewhere or avast will offer AIS or Pro version for some discount as well.
     
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    You will be able to buy it again at a reduced price - you'll just have to to do a search to find where. But you probably won't be able to get it cheaply again.
     
  6. JerryM

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    I bought two. Isn't that two years for $20?
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    I just upgraded to the PRO for 2 years. The Safe Zone really is cool. :cool:
     
  8. JerryM

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    The Safe Zone is a great capability. Avast is one of my favorites.

    Jerry
     
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    Hi Jerry
    Does the 12 months definitely start from when you enter the file rather than the purchase date?
     
  10. JerryM

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    I must confess I am not sure. I made an assumption. I have not used one yet. Sorry.

    Regards,
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  11. luciddream

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    If both were free, I would still choose the free version over Pro.

    And the same goes for Avira.

    All those extra features will just cause bloat, slowdown, conflict, add attack surface, and chew on your HD.

    On access (file) scanning is all you need. The rest is just garnish.
     
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    Have you tried Avast Pro? IME, you will be surprised how light it is in real-time.
     
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    Yes, I don't see bloat as the added features are only used as needed. I'm running PRO and it's really light.:)
     
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    Actually, those added features/shields are running real-time and leave a footprint regardless of if they're finding anything or not. And when they're not (finding anything), ever, it's just pointless bloat. Depends on the individual though. If you find your AV detecting malware regularly, then by all means keep using it. But once again, the file shield alone will take care of you. The rest just looks cute, and I dunno, creates a nice placebo I guess.

    And yes, I've used both versions of Avast. I consider the Pro version above average in terms of resource usage. I used the free version and trimmed it down to the file shield alone, caching enabled, and a few other tweaks... and it was quite light. That's what I'd recommend, if you're intent on using Avast.

    The free AV's are better than the paid versions. If you really feel the need to support a vendor, send them a donation. They deserve it for providing quality products free of charge.
     
  15. TomAZ

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    Where do you find the "caching" setting?
     
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    Here,and it's enabled by default btw.
     

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    Good Afternoon ! Right up front I think a lot of Avast and the people and product...it and the people are dedicated and effective at providing a superb app. Now having issued Kudos...my gripe is when I uninstall either Avast I.S.or Avast Pro...when the uninstaller comes to the Sandbox component...it just stalls forcing me to having to usually revert to a system restore. A bit extreme...i've used both the Avast uninstaller and RejZor's uninstaller and the Sandbox glitch remains. I like the free edition...minus sandbox...excellent protection...no glitches. Sincerely...Securon
     
  18. TomAZ

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    I've used AppRemover with much success. If I'm not mistaken, it's specifically designed for removing security software.
     
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    Unless they've changed the way the license file works, the expiry date is written into the file when it is created. You'd have to ask Avast sales to create a single new 24 month file and cancel the 2 x 12 month files if you wanted to use them sequentially.
     
  20. JerryM

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    Thanks,Pete.
     
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    Very well said. I agree with you fully.
     
  22. JerryM

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    I almost hate to ask this, but I wonder what kind of systems y'all are running.

    When various AVs are discussed there are comments about slowing the system or bloat. I don't ever notice such things, so don't really care as long as the AV is among the best as I determine considering my criteria.

    I don't really understand such a focus on resource usage.

    Jerry
     
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    People with older systems running XP with less ram would be likely to be more concerned with resource usage....
     
  24. JerryM

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    Makes sense.
    Jerry
     
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    I agree. However, as my XP system got to be 6 years old I saw that my resources were less and less able to do the job, so I broke down and upgraded to a new WIN7 64x PC with as much mojo as I could afford. Now resource usage isn't an issue for another 6 years. :)
     
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