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Avast Free goes white

Shields up, cap'n

Introducing: Browser Cleanup

Never skip an update

Remote access in Avast?

Send your data to Davy Jones' locker

Avast's changes its design and its color scheme. While the paid versions retain a dark theme, Avast Free goes back to basic white. The interface across all four versions is now much simpler, with big tiles and easier-to-reach advanced settings.
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Avast has finally put all of its "shields" in one management pane, to decrease your pain. They're available in all versions of the suite, depicted here in the Pro version.
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Avast's new browser cleanup tool would've been killer a few years back, but it's still useful for keeping your browser shipshape. It's available in all four versions.
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Avast now comes with a software updater, which tells you when an installed program is out-of-date. It's available in all four Avast versions, although it comes with more options in the paid suites.
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An unusual move for Avast 8 was to include a remote access feature. The implementation sounds weird, too, with both computers required to have some version of the suite. A Web console would be better for easy access.
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Avast 8 Premier offers a multitiered data shredder, a smart move for maintaining file security.
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