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Review: Avast! Free Antivirus 6.0 delivers robust protection

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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 05 March 2011 - 03:52 PM

Review: Avast! Free Antivirus 6.0 delivers robust protection
By Mike Williams on March 4, 2011, 10:53 AM

Updates to stand-alone antivirus tools generally aren't anything to get excited about. The interface might have changed color, or maybe relocated a few buttons, and of course you'll get the standard promises about improved accuracy, or better performance, but otherwise it's often business as usual.

Avast! Free Antivirus 6.0 is an exception, though, thanks to a host of interesting and highly visible new features: automatic sandboxing, website reputation reporting, improved real-time protection, and many more. And so the end result is a package that looks rather more like a security suite than a simple antivirus engine. But is the new functionality really as effective as it looks? We put the program through some real-life tests in an effort to find out.