Featured Freeware: Avast

Avast Home Edition offers rock-solid antivirus and antispyware protection for the perfect price: free.

If you're into freeware antivirus and antimalware apps, chances are you're running either AVG Free, Avira Antivir, or Avast. Avast Home Edition guards your PC and the network with multiple shields that scan executables and files. You can select parameters for scanning, and even choose wildcards to exclude specific file types. You can adjust the sensitivity level for the program's detectors when it comes to scanning downloaded files, instant messages, e-mails, and a host of P2Ps. Its efficient interface opens up window after window to tweak its settings to your liking, for novice to advanced-level protection.

Though it took quite some time to run, we're impressed with this application's boot-time antivirus scan. Fortunately, if you're in a pinch you can bypass it. If malicious contents are detected, Avast comes to the rescue with handy virus cleanup tools. Even some decent PC controls are handed out here. You can block certain URLs and file operations, such as writing to files or even renaming, deleting, or formatting them. With immediate real-time protection, clockwork updates, and much more, this free software is highly regarded in our book.

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