Second public beta of Avast 8 has been released and available for download. This beta has added Ad Blocker feature and brings much awaited Windows 8 support. This beta also brought bug fixes and improvements to features offered in Beta 1. You can install this over Avast 7 or Avast v8 Beta 1 installed on your computer where all settings will be preserved, or you can check and install this update through “program update” in beta 1 version.

You may want to check Avast 8 beta 1 review and new features offered in it.

User interface has been updated and we’re not impressed with gray tiles or boxes for scan, software updater, Statistics and other modules.

Avast 8 free antivirus beta 2 ui

Avast has introduced and included Ad blocker with this beta-you need to opt-in to install this feature. Avast ad blocker to allow text based unobtrusive ads but lets you block banner ads on web page. So far we couldn’t find an interface for this in browser add-ons or in the program UI.

Avast 8 Beta 2 bug on Windows 7: Windows security center doesn’t detects installed Avast beta, hence action center alerts you by showing messages to update Windows defender and install an antivirus program, you can ignore them because you’ve already installed Avast AV on your Computer.

What’s new in Avast 8 Beta 2 Free antivirus

  • Compatible with Windows 8
  • XP performance has been resolved.
  • Stability issues with Outlook plugin solved.
  • UI might hang sometimes during connecting to avast! account .

Caution: Depending on programs installed on your Windows XP or 7 or 8 system setup screen may already pre-configured to install either Google Drive or Google toolbar, so make sure you uncheck that  option on setup screen if you’re installing clean on your computer. We’ve experienced auto install of Google Drive by Avast 8 first beta on our computer.

Avast 8 setup screen with install Google Drive pre-checked by default

We haven’t heard many issues with this beta except not recognized by Security Center, if you’re experiencing performance related or other issues you can uninstall this beta and also use Avast Cleanup tool to remove files left over after Avast uninstall or removal process.

Download Avast 8 Beta 2

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