Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26414 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.462
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    March 09, 2010
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP

Editors' Note: Avast Free Antivirus is free to use but requires e-mail registration before the end of the initial 60-day trial period. Following the registration you will receive by e-mail a license key valid for a period of 1 year.

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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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 338 votes

    • 5 star 226
    • 4 star 76
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 14
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3 stars

"Always reporting when scans and updates are complete."

August 01, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.462
Version 5.0.462 adds access keys--the program can now be easily controlled via keyboard. This version is now able to communicate with Avast WHS Edition.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date March 09, 2010
Date Added March 09, 2010
Version 5.0.462
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP
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
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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