avast! Free Antivirus 8.0.1478 Beta 3

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 8.0.1478 Beta 3. 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

Fixed issues from previous beta:

  • avast! v8 now runs on Win8 too
  • Problems with upgrading v7 to v8 on Win8 related to the network
  • XP performance problem solved
  • Automatic Profile detection in the firewall on Win7 solved
  • 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
  • BSODs & Webshield crashes fixed
  • Problems with Security Center fixed
  • Ad Blocker has now final facelift
  • Stability issues with Outlook plugin solved
  • UI might hang sometimes during connecting to avast! account
  • Problems in data shredder solved
  • After Facebook registration setup might crash so reboot is required to start avast! service
  • During softrial gui is not correctly updated
  • Trial period could not be activated (update from v7 to v8)
  • Missing pre-defined scan jobs (update from v7 to v8)

Known issues in this version:

  • avast service does not start on Win 2000
  • Translation to other languages is still not 100%
  • Some online content does not fit or is not translated yet
  • IE WebRep plugin doesn't work
  • AccessAnywhere computer list isn't sometimes refreshed
  • Self defence dialog appears when reinstalling over older builds

It should be possible to install this version on top of your existing avast! installation (all settings should be preserved). [When you reinstalling from older beta,  we recommend to use aswClear - http://files.avast.com/test5beta/aswclear.exe]

Download: avast! Free Antivirus 8.0.1478 Beta 3 | 104 MB (Non commercial freeware)
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Wow ... they have a pretty rapid development cycle. Switched over to avast v7 a couple of days back & would stick with it until the next final release. : ) The beta builds usually have debuggers or other telemetric components which tends to increase the download size!

Every release just keeps getting bigger. Not so long ago it was 50MB. Luckily while the download size is quite large, the overall performance is still one of the best and lightest out there.

It seems that the majority of the space is being used by the virus definitions, judging by the program folder. In total, Avast only runs two processes which are using a total of ~20MB on my PC. Despite the large installer size, it's still a very fast and lightweight antivirus and definitely the best for free.