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  • 5.0 stars

    "Has to be the best free anti-virus program out there..."

    February 6, 2010  |   By CattRose

    Pros

    - Main page shows if the program is up-to-date & if all your security shields are on
    - Has boot-time scheduled scanning
    - Provides File System, Mail, Web, P2P, IM, Network, & Behavior Shields
    - Automaticaly warns you when a shield has been turned off

    Cons

    - Have to register by email, and it lasts for only a year
    - Very few times I have to manually update even though it's supposed to automatically update itself

    Summary

    The first free anti-virus program I ever had was AVG. I liked it because it offered other features other than just virus scanning. But scanning took such a long time, and it made my computer sluggish. And then after the new update came out, I heard how glitchy it was, so I uninstalled it and tried Avira. Avira was light-weight and easy to use, but the only thing it really had to offer was just virus scanning. So I uninstalled that and tried avast! 4 free edition. I hated the interface, but I LOVED the program because of all the features it had. Now with the new update, it comes with even more security features, and the new interface is simply just awesome. It is absolutely the BEST compared to what I have tried in the past.

    It's just amazing how you can get so many things in this program for free. Other company's would make you buy the professional version just to get some of the stuff this free program offers. Defiantly something every computer should have.

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