avast! 8.0 beta released for download

avast! Free Antivirus represents the best free antivirus protection currently available on the market. This edition is FREE OF CHARGE for non-commercial & home use.

avast! 8 public beta is now ready! The build number is 8.0.1476. A few things to point out:

Revamped GUI - The Graphical User Interface has been totally overhauled and now offers a richer experience. The Software Updater is a new tool for helping you keep apps up to date. There is also a Browser Cleanup tool; it's a standalone utility for getting rid of invasive toolbars. This utility is also integrated in all avast! editions just to make things simpler. Other improvements have been made to the FileRep and WebRep to help keep identify new threats in near real-time. And finally, Streaming Updates make sure you have the latest virus definitions.

There is a new product tier called Premier, it includes 3 new features:

  • Data Shredder for wiping files, drives, and partitions
  • Software Updater in auto-update mode
  • AccessAnywhere for remotely connecting to your PC no matter where you are

Known issues in this version:

  • Win8 is unsupported by this build (but Win8 compatibility is coming soon, of course)
  • Except English, there are many translation issues
  • Automatic Profile detection in the firewall is broken – does not work on Win7
  • No information popup on controlled PC when client is connected via avast! AccessAnywhere
  • List of computers shows offline PCs and also those that don’t have AccessAnywhere activated
  • Self defence dialog appears when reinstalling over older builds
  • After Facebook registration setup might crash so reboot is required to start avast! service
  • During softrial gui is not correctly updated
  • Data shredder cannot shred files and partitions (GUI bug)
  • There might be stability issues with Outlook plugins
  • UI might hang sometimes during connecting to avast! account
  • Some online content does not fit or is not translated yet

It should be possible to install this version on top of your existing avast! installation (all settings should be preserved).

Download: avast! Free Antivirus 8.0.1476 Beta | 102 MB (Non commercial freeware)
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I find it funny that it has a UI that looks like it was designed for Windows 8 but explicitly states its not compatible with Windows 8.

Why is the UI Always a sellingpoint of a new alvast version? Look to MSSE they have, after 5 (1.0, 2.0, 2.1, 4.0 and 4.1), it's stil using the Same interface wit little improvements...

Actually the new UI for Avast hasn't changed much since version 4. It's changed but slightly. Now Norton on the other hand .....

It's all about marketing. If a product looks the same, people are less likely to upgrade to the new version. On the other hand, MSE is a free product with no commercial version, so Microsoft has no incentive to change the GUI as a selling point. I'm not saying that I agree with it, but that's the way it is.

Xinok said,
On the other hand, MSE is a free product with no commercial version, so Microsoft has no incentive to change the GUI as a selling point.

Well, MS does have Forefront Endpoint Protection which is their business version, so you could pay for it if you really wanted to. lol

I'd like to know why the UI is important at all? I mean, how long do you set and look at it anyway? If the thing works, that's all that's important to me!

Some of the people here that have gone totally bonkers because some programs UI is ugly or what ever, is totally ridiculous!

Just so happens I recently switched from Avast to Panda, just to check it out.

I also thing by looking at it that this version is designed to be touchscreen friendlyish, what with big icons to plonk your grubby paws on