Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26516 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.507
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 15, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: Avast Free Antivirus is free to use for home, non-commercial use. It only requires user registration before the end of the initial 30-day trial period

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 186 votes

    • 5 star 129
    • 4 star 43
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 5
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4 stars

"Full scan is very fast. used AVG FREE for years,went so"

May 12, 2010  |  By jtatt22

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

easy to use.neat clean appearance. seems to catch bugs ,where AVG FREE never found ANYTHING! very fast full scans. the audible update notice is nice too. I may try the pro version when I get some major bills paid.....

Cons

Takes a few minutes to update after reboot, but exclamation point lets you know if all is not right or working.

Summary

I would recommend this product to all my family ,friends,& peers.

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4 stars

"impressive, powerful detection"

May 08, 2010  |  By apocrypha_101

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

doesn't slow your system, it's fast, webshields really works.

Cons

so far so good

Summary

it works. the shields running all the time and doesn't crash down. does'nt affect system performance. loads of features and costumizable

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5 stars

"Does great job in protecting my pc"

May 08, 2010  |  By juneann22

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

Everything is working very well

Cons

None so far

Summary

Must have in everyone's pc

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4 stars

"For a free product, it cannot get any better."

May 07, 2010  |  By julien louis

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

It updates quietly and has many user friendly features.

Cons

Have found nothing

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5 stars

"cel mai tare antivirus"

May 07, 2010  |  By mariusshh

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

l-am incercat si esuper antivirusul asta!

Cons

In primul rand este free! si e si super

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5 stars

"Best Antivirus I've ever used!"

May 07, 2010  |  By SquishyCandy

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

-Does not take up a lot of RAM.
-Sleek new design compared to a few years ago, they've changed for the better.
-Actually blocks malware/viruses/trojans.
- Easy to understand, if there's a false positive it's easy to remove. I haven't had any though.

Cons

Haven't had a problem, I've heard of false positives, but you can even just reverse that in 1-2 steps. You can delete whatever it has caught and add it to exceptions if it's something you need, like for gaming. Again, hasn't happened.

Summary

I have tried EVERY antivirus. Some, just plain do not pick up anything, and lets viruses through. Some, just take up a bunch of RAM and are useless. You wonder, with so much RAM an antivirus takes up, what is it doing yet it doesn't even pick up malware/trojans?

For some reason Fake-AV's get to me. Usually they are names FakeAV-(name), and even the so called best did not stop them from coming in. Comodo, Avira, Microsoft Security Essentials (useless do not download this, it is a RAM eater). I've tried others but they are not worthy of mentioning.

avast! currently takes up 30MB (two processes, the program and the UI together!) in my RAM while I'm doing stuff. That's unheard of for me, and yet it actually blocked what all the others couldn't. I remember when I had Comodo (didn't take up a lot of RAM either BUT avast! takes up less), a virus tried to get in (FakeAV) it would give me the option to block it and I kept blocking, but it STILL went through. I was disappointed because I did like Comodo. I had to do system restore. After that I just gave up on it.

I use to have AVG for awhile, but it didn't save me either, just because it deletes cookies on the spot doesn't mean anything. Every site gives cookies and AVG deletes them (you have the option to but most people let it do it cause they think it does something significant), and people who don't know anything about computers think that actually does something worthy of not getting a virus...

The other day, for the first time, I saw an antivirus actually block a FakeAV before it got to me, and it was avast! . All of a sudden my page was being redirected, and BAM! avast! blocked it, and the page froze before it can do it's fake scan, and I was able to close the tab, and not be infected. I was so happy, finally a program that does what it's suppose to do.

I recommend avast! because it's small, sleek design and you can be safe with it. It scans every page and file without slowing down your computer and it's fast, I don't even feel it scanning pages and programs. When you first install avast! it takes a few minutes to analyze the computer but that's okay, that's what it's suppose to do. People complain of false positives, but you can remove it from it being quarantined, and then just add it to exceptions in a few clicks, it's not hard and I don't think it should be ridiculed just for a problem that can be fixed.

I haven't had any false positives yet however I don't think I will either, it seems to have changed. Actually it might have changed and I play a LOT of online MMORPG games, and sometimes gameguard for HackWatch would get caught up in it, but I haven't had any problems.

So yeah, get avast! because it is the best out there. I've seriously tried probably 90% of all the other antiviruses, I've gone through the download list here and avast! has been the best.

Don't have the scan before reboot checked, because it will take you 10-20 minutes before you can just get to your computer. Just disable that feature.

A long time ago, I have avast! when it had the blue theme, at that time I didn't like it though, it was bulky and slow, but now it's sleek and very straight forward.

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4 stars

"no compatibilty problems"

May 07, 2010  |  By heaftyman

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

It vocaly tells you up-dates have been done

Cons

nothing I didn't like

Summary

I like the product because it is easy to use,it keeps you up-dated to give you the extra protection you need. This is the frest time i have ever used your product. I have used more expensive anti-virus, like trend, mcafee and norton and they cannot compair to Avast.

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5 stars

"Excellent software"

May 07, 2010  |  By willpeavydotcom

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

Fast. Easy to manage.

Cons

None yet discovered.

Summary

I'm a professional developer. I have Avast Free installed on all three of my Windows machines at home. It's awesome.

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4 stars

"Good product, No problems so far....."

May 07, 2010  |  By The_Sentinal

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

Free download and unlike some of the others I have tried like AVG, Panda, Norton, Macafee, I like this because its user friendly and pretty simple to use.

Cons

No cons yet.

Summary

I reccomend it to any one who would like to download it and try the free version. Cant beat a company who has solid reputation and has been in buisness for years now.

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5 stars

"It's a best AV I ever use"

May 07, 2010  |  By dasklney

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.507

Pros

Nothing to say.

Cons

Nothing to say.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.507
  • Scanning and virus chest features now accessible even from Windows Safe Mode;
  • Enhanced compatibility with various Winsock LSPs;
  • Various improvements in the avast! sandbox;
  • Improved cleaning of file infecting viruses;
  • Added compatibility with screen readers;
  • avast! should now be reasonably accessible to visually impaired users;
  • Minor improvements in the installer, especially when upgrading from avast v4.8;
  • avast! Screen saver can be now configured via the screensaver properties dialog;
  • Added Dutch, Portuguese (Portugal), Norwegian, Finnish, Slovenian, Turkish and Vietnamese language packs.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date April 15, 2010
Date Added April 15, 2010
Version 5.0.507
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows, Windows XP 32-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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