Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26521 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.418
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 12, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Avast Free 5, an A-list freeware antivirus app, provides the same steadfast protection of well-known, pricier antivirus programs. Avast is remarkable for both its effectiveness and arguably providing the most complete free antivirus on the market.

Avast Free 5, formerly known as the Home Edition, protects you with multiple guards. The antivirus, antispyware, and heuristics engines form a security core that also includes multiple real-time shields. The adjustable mail and file system shields join the pre-existing behavior, network, instant messaging, peer-to-peer, and Web shields. The behavioral shield is a common-sense feature, as security software publishers leverage their large user bases to detect threats early and warn others. Other new features include a silent-gaming mode and an "intelligent scanner" that only looks at changed files after establishing a baseline. The biggest change in Avast 5, though, is the interface. Gone is the music player default look, which was skinnable but confusing. In its place is a sleek UI that new users should find far more manageable. It's also Aero-friendly, with Explorer-style navigation buttons in case you can't remember where you tweaked a particular setting.

Avast's recent independent third-party testing has been notably solid, able to hold its own against better-known programs from Symantec and Microsoft. Avast 5 Free lacks features in the paid upgrade including antispam measures, a testing sandbox, a Script shield, and a firewall. Even without those, Avast Free 5 is probably the strongest, free antivirus currently available.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 103 votes

    • 5 star 69
    • 4 star 22
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 6
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26521 votes

    • 5 star 19348
    • 4 star 4793
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 484
    • 1 star 1069
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5 stars

"it's the best antivirus out there"

February 25, 2010  |  By furface76

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

it's on top of everything while I'm surfing the web

Cons

I really don't have anything bad to say about the software

Summary

I would recommend this antivirus to everyone I know

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5 stars

"Awesome! It really works!"

February 22, 2010  |  By rosiecheeks05

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

I love that I always feel secure on the internet and that if there is malicious activity, I am immediately notified.

Cons

I haven't found anything that I dislike

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3 stars

"HAS BEEN GOOD SO FAR"

February 21, 2010  |  By lauren1103

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

simple easy

Cons

no comment

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5 stars

"I like it and works well"

February 19, 2010  |  By g3man

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

Not heavy on resources

Cons

None at all

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4 stars

"I really like it"

February 19, 2010  |  By SirJ2

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

Self start, auto update, auto check, and quick scan who can ask for more?

Cons

Slows my my lap top a little while updating

Summary

I have it on all my computers I highly reccommend it

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4 stars

"It is a good product for free."

February 19, 2010  |  By ring059

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

This security system does not bog down my computer. Other securities systems slow down my computer very much. It does a great job keeping my computer virus free. I have used Norton and AVG I was not satisfied at all.

Cons

I really have not found any reason to be dissatisfied with this product. I did like the 4.8 version better.

Summary

The security system is free what else can you ask for. It does the the job of others you have to pay high dollar.

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4 stars

"I always feel safe with Avast"

February 19, 2010  |  By hrwhite

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

Avast does its job without bogging down my Vista machine. There's no "uber-tekkie" tweaking to do. Even with its slight annoyance I feel it's the best. I can safely go into previously "uncharted waters" with confidence.

Cons

Loaded several times because it would not update. Finally found a way to force it by using the repair method daily. Miss the way that Avast 4 just auto updated so easily. Hope this is a temporary bug.

Summary

I have used Avast for years and have never had a virus while it was on my computer. My other security programs have less to do now. My weekly scans keep coming up clean, something that did not happen before Avast.

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5 stars

"i like to protect my pc and really need an anti virus"

February 19, 2010  |  By szujo

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

some people talk good about this

Cons

i still dont know what i dont like until i try

Summary

i have a friend and him recomend me this product

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4 stars

"i have had good success with this product"

February 18, 2010  |  By sken1962

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

its easy to operate

Cons

i have no dislikes yet

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5 stars

"Does what it's supposed to do"

February 18, 2010  |  By krleese

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

I moved to Avast after my computer got virused while under the supposed protection of AVG. Avast is much better -- it caught a couple infections completely missed by AVG, and it does a great job of keeping me informed and keeping itself updated.

Cons

Nothing not to like.

Summary

I noticed reading these reviews that many people had problems with the new release. I'm not sure if this was there all along of if it was recently added, but when I upgraded from 4.8, there was a notice saying I should close all other applications or I run the risk of system instability or other problems. I'm guessing this might have had something to do with some of the problems people faced when upgrading, for those who had bad experiences.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.418
  • Antivirus and anti-spyware engine
  • Real time anti-rootkit protection
  • Potentially unwanted program detection
  • Code emulator
  • Heuristic engine
  • Wake-up for scan
  • Scheduled scanning
  • Fast application of updates
  • File System Shield
  • Mail Shield
  • Optimized for Intel's new Core i7 chip
  • Multi-threaded scanning optimization
  • Graphical user interface
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date February 12, 2010
Date Added February 12, 2010
Version 5.0.418
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 333,735,609
Downloads Last Week 1,155,403
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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