Avast Driver Updater review - Sep, 2019
Avast Driver Updater is a software solution for updating PC drivers. A product of Avast, mostly known for its antivirus with 230 million users worldwide. This utility allows to automate regular updates of hardware drivers in order to maintain stability of the Windows operating system. Avast Driver Updater detects real-time updates, constantly expanding its 500,000 database.
|Operating systems||Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10|
|Installation file size||1.4 MB|
|Extra features||One-click update, backup, restore|
|Pricing||$39.99 1 year
$79.99 2 years
$109.99 3 years
|Money-back guarantee||30 days|
The installation process is as simple as possible. Launch the executable file downloaded from the official site, follow the instructions, and it will be completed in just a few seconds. Note, that with a free trial version you will only be able to scan a PC for outdated drivers, but not actually update them afterwards.
The program interface is minimalistic. It consists of 7 tabs, an activation button on the right side. The workflow is similar to installation - you are led through the tabs from left to right. For instance, Home tab contains a scan start button and brief information about your system. Scan tab is self-explanatory. Next is Results tab - a list of drivers to update, also proposing a backup before the task.
Then there are Options (settings), Restore, Backup and Support. Find more details about each section in our FAQ at the end of this review.
The application scans the system for outdated / incorrect drivers. Its functionality does not cover development libraries and environments like .Net, MSV ++ Runtime, Oracle Java, etc., it works exclusively with drivers. The first scan was quick, although not too informative, one would say (only version and release date). Besides, the efficiency of finding drivers is doubtful, due to several mishaps.
Particularly, the first 3 drivers on the list were identical in our case. Moreover, when we tried to uncheck one of them, all 3 got unchecked. In addition, there was a driver for “Intel Xeon” (?) device in the list. Anyhow, we proceeded to install 5 other proper drivers which took about 1 minute. Download speed was high, although file sizes were not specified. A follow-up scan showed no need to update anything more.
In the Options tab, users may configure basic functionality, program updates, startup, logs. Backup and Restore options practically duplicate interface tabs. Schedule is probably of best use, allowing to set a period for regular driver checks. Some users might prefer initiating Avast Driver Updater from time to time instead of keeping it running in the tray all the time.
Going back to the issue of update efficiency, we got a real example. The app offered us to update USB bus controller among others. Even though it had already been installed, after the update, when the USB stick was connected, the system went through additional configuration for 20 minutes. As this specific driver had been working properly beforehand, we can’t say this improved the performance (on the contrary).
We should also mention the support service. Users are divided into Free and Paid, which is logical, although Free users can only rely on the forum, where tech support experts hang out. Paid users have the opportunity of individual communication via a ticket. We tried out both ways, and forum got us an answer in 3 hours, while a ticket reply came in after 27 hours.
For review, we used a laptop with Windows 10 - Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15.6, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, Sata SSD. Internet connection had the following parameters: ping 34 ms, download speed 38 Mbps, upload speed 37 Mbps. After installation, Avast Driver Updater takes up 30 Mb disk space.
As we said, the app detected 10 drivers in need of update, and gave us the ability to choose which ones we wanted to update. Which we successfully did. In terms of system resource consumption, the situation was as follows:
|Background (idle)||0.3%||9 MB|
|Background (after scanning)||0.7%||16 MB|
|First scan||Update time||Follow-up scan|
|Trial||4 sec||15 sec||7 sec|
|Registered version||16 sec||45 sec||30 sec|
Pros and cons
Avast Driver Updater left an ambiguous impression.
- Automatic driver checks
- Ability to backup and restore
- Low resource consumption
- 30-days money back guarantee
- Simple, clean, easy to use
- No free version, only trial (no update)
- No support for MacOS, Linux, iOS, Android
- Does not display driver sources
- Semi-automatic driver installation
- Fewer features compared to similar software