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Avast Secure Browser 74.0.1376.132

Maximise your security by using this self-contained browser from Avast

by Chris Wiles

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 17 May 2019
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Avast Secure Browser 74.0.1376.132
Maximise your security by using this self-contained browser from Avast

Chrome, Firefox and other third-party web browsers are popular, but not universally trusted. Worse, install a third-party extension and you have to be 100% sure that it isn't malicious and hope it's not designed to extract your personal data.

Avast Secure Browser is a Chromium-based web browser (much like the forthcoming new Edge from Microsoft) which is a version heavily customised by Avast. Some might argue a little too customised. More on that later.

When you start Avast Secure Browser it looks like another version of Chrome. However, you'll notice a load of custom Avast extensions pre-installed, such as anti-fingerprinting, anti-tracking an Adblock, extension guard and much more. Some of these extensions require Avast products to be installed on your computer. You can't use the VPN without SecureVPN for example, nor can you let Avast handle your passwords without Avast Free Antivirus (or better) installed. Which means you have to rely on a lot of Avast technology to simply browse the internet.

Step up the next issue. Although Avast Secure Browser is based on Chrome, it doesn't support many of the extensions, so no themes. Worse, there's no Chrome account management either, so don't expect this Avast browser to synchronise your data.

This is the new 'Aspen' release of Avast Secure Browser. In addition to the anti-fingerprinting, you'll find a Webcam Guard, a Hack Check module to warn you of compromised data and other enhancements.

Verdict:

A browser for either the most paranoid users or people so embedded in the Avast network that an Avast-only browser makes a lot of sense. We'd rather use Chrome.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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