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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 25,825 votes

    • 5 star: 18809
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 470
    • 1 star: 1033
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 339 votes

    • 5 star: 227
    • 4 star: 76
    • 3 star: 13
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 14
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Always reporting when scans and updates are complete."

    August 1, 2010  |   By kgchickaddd

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    What I said above.

    Cons

    None that I know so far.

    Summary

    I am not an expert on antiviruses right now, so do not take my word seriously on any of this.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Update to Version 5 let it down...."

    April 25, 2010  |   By 5jm

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    Update policy can be set by the user. Not as heavy on your system resources as AVG, just sits there protecting your system in the background. Voice telling you your anti virus has been updated is good for making people jump!

    Cons

    Going from V4.8 to version 5.0 was not nice, and AVAST were slow in fixing the problem!. Millions suffered from the infamous BSOD after the upgrade. This made me wary of any update from AVAST, the product was rushed out without full Beta Testing

    Summary

    Very good, would have given it more than three 'stars' if it hadn't been for the failed update from v4.8 to v5. Just be wary of any future major updates !!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to download, easy to install and easy to use."

    April 16, 2010  |   By penpen57

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    Easy to use and easy to understand.

    Cons

    I don't like the limited registration, I'd like it free for life.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Top notch! Best free anti virus software available."

    April 16, 2010  |   By tonytenor

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    Product itself. Compatibility. Update frequency. User friendly.

    Cons

    None really.

    Summary

    As I said above, top notch.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really, really easy to install and use...."

    April 15, 2010  |   By billeedale

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    User friendly

    Cons

    Have only been using a few days, so haven't found any problems yet.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is the best version so far."

    April 15, 2010  |   By traxman57

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    The UI is much improved over previous renditions of this software and between it and a few other programs installed I have managed to remove and maintain my system pest free. The program is set and forget, but has plenty of options to allow tweaking.

    Cons

    I have been running this version since it first became available on cnet and I haven't found any cons to report.

    Summary

    If you are looking for a solid performer that you don't have to nurse maid, that has a professional look and feel, then this is the security system to install in the "free" category. In addition it doesn't nag you to death to upgrade to a paid version! This program is a must have compared to others in this class.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Execellant piece of antivirus software for easy use"

    April 15, 2010  |   By starzhunter

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    Lightweight
    Mutiple shields, It helps to block malicious websites too
    Fast Autoupdate

    Cons

    Currently none

    Summary

    Have been using it for 1 year and will still continue to use it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "dropping like a stone"

    April 15, 2010  |   By flyerdog

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    dropping like a stone

    Cons

    all the above and more

    Summary

    dropping like a stone ... love it ...piece of noob crap ..didn't take long for the newness to wear off did it .......yeah

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely love it"

    April 15, 2010  |   By sterghe

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    Very easy for even novice users
    Does its job well (catches and stops more threats than most)
    Doesn't hog resources at all
    Updates aren't intrusive

    Cons

    Can't think of anything significant

    Summary

    I teach classes and supervise an open computer lab, and I've started recommending Avast! to people who ask me about antivirus protection. It's easy to install and incredibly simple to use. It stops threats well and hasn't let anything though in the couple months since I started using it. (I haven't intentionally challenged it, but do use the internet heavily.) It doesn't tie up my laptop's resources. It's easy to turn off the voiced-by-default update notifications, after which it's not intrusive at all. Even if you don't do that, it won't interrupt any full-screen application.

    Avast! beats any other current antivirus hands down in my opinion. I'm running the free version, as both my work and personal email are protected separately, and I love it. I owe a nod of appreciation to K, the great volunteer in my lab who told me about it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THE BEST THERE IS !"

    April 14, 2010  |   By Bhaskar1992

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.462

    Pros

    IT'S SIMPLE, EASY TO MANAGE AND MAKES U FEEL SAFE.I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE OUT THERE THAT PROVIDES MORE SAFTY THAN AVAST.ITS REAL TIME SHIELD FEATURE IS AMAZING.IT RUNS IN THE BACKGROUND WITHOUT INTERFERING USER'S WORK.

    Cons

    THERE IS A BIG SNAG THOUGH. IT DOESN'T PROVIDES FIREWALL; WHICH IS OF UTMOST NECESSITY NOW-A-DAYS. IT DOESN'T FIT WITH THE STANDARD OF SAFTY IT PROVIDES OTHERWISE.

    Summary

    AVAST IS NOT BULKY WHICH MAKES IT MORE COMFORTABLE.IT OCCUPIES A VERY LITTLE MEMORY OF YOUR HARD DISK.ITS UPDATES ARE VERY PRECISE AND ACCURATE AND INTERFACE IS VERY SIMPLE.THE SPEED OF SCANNING IS A BIT SLOW BUT I'M CONTENTED WITH IT.I HAVE USING IT FOR 2 YEARS NOW.I ACTUALLY THOUGHT OF GIVING IT A 4 STARS RATING BUT RECONSIDERING ITS STRENGTH AS AN ANTIVIRUS WHICH COSTS NOTHING BUT A REGISTRATION VIA E-MAIL,I DECIDED TO GO FOR 5 STARS RATING.

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