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Avast Free Antivirus

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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 25,818 votes

    • 5 star: 18804
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 469
    • 1 star: 1032
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 155 votes

    • 5 star: 116
    • 4 star: 29
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 5.0 stars

    "I'm comfortable"

    September 29, 2010  |   By acropora

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    constantly automatically updated and gives good warnings of potential problems. I prefer it and have more confidence in this anti-virus software than I did with the pay-software I've used before it.

    Cons

    I haven't seen anything I don't like.

    Summary

    I prefer it and have more confidence in this anti-virus software than I did with the pay-software I've used before it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good for home use."

    May 25, 2010  |   By koble

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    Maybe it's not so professional like Norton or Kaspersky,but for home use is perfect.

    Cons

    Not recommanded for sites as Warez

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can't beat free, and it works great."

    May 24, 2010  |   By wisegal23

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    Seems to catch any unwanted invaders, does not slow the computer down when scanning.....just love it!

    Cons

    Nada, I like it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "better than Norton"

    May 24, 2010  |   By cmdrofadf

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    Can be protected with a password. Runs faster than Norton.

    Cons

    Runs slow when internet is active

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Used it for a few weeks now, so far its excellent !!"

    May 24, 2010  |   By timmyadu

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    So far, it's delivered the goods. Faster scans, does not hog memory......
    Not bad at all....

    Cons

    Haven't seen any, YET.............

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  • 5.0 stars

    "By far the best freeware antivirus I have used!"

    May 24, 2010  |   By DumpyPantZ

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    1)Fast scan! Even in lowest priority setting runs faster than any other security program I have had.
    2) So many options in just the freeware version.
    3) Several realtime scans and heuristic functions that actually do not lag your other functions.

    Cons

    None so far!

    Summary

    Recommend to anyone! More features than some premium packages and so easy to use. Leaves a small footprint as it hasn't slowed down my system at all... in background or otherwise. I have only had it for a week but so far so over-impressed! Don't buy anything before you try this version of Avast. Then, maybe if you want to spend some money, get the pro. Free version does all I need plus so much more.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best free AV app out there right now."

    May 24, 2010  |   By tweaker_101

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    Former AVG user converted to Avast and no looking back. Small foot print on resources. Does it's job well. No false positives yet but has been good at picking up threats.

    Cons

    Performance hit and slow down when I temporarily disable any of it's shileds. It takes over full screen with a black background and asks for confirmation. This is overkill, pop up would be fine. Also a noticeable slow down during SOME scanning.

    Summary

    I like it becasue there is no nagging, does it's job well and quietly in background. Best AV I've used so far due to high accuracy and no false positives. The free version provides anti-virus and related "behavior" shield. For first 30days you have full suite available which includes monitoring: E-Mail, IM, P2P, Network etc... I personally find these to be overkill and web monitoring seems to affect network performance a bit. I use windows 7 with defender built in and I feel my PC is well secured with this free AV & MS defender built in defenses.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best free -and not only free- AV"

    May 24, 2010  |   By maxuelll

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    It´s complete, fast, secure, has a lot of options, a good detection rate, a low impact on the system, Avast suport in forums...

    Cons

    mmm any that y could take note

    Summary

    Download it and you will be amazed

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it is very good"

    May 24, 2010  |   By jeffrey_morgan

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    it is very good

    Cons

    none that i can see

    Summary

    i like it because it is free

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My choice #1"

    May 24, 2010  |   By Pleyer3

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    It`s free, fast, light weight, detects 98% viruses, what else can you want?

    Cons

    Still the 2%, but combine it with a firewall, and don`t worry about a thing....

    Summary

    Great active defense type for your computer,
    If you still feel like you could be attacked by a virus, combine it with a firewall and feel safe! :)
    I like the 7 active shields and some features (boot-time scan, etc) this thing offers, and it `s not attracted by viruses pretending to be it (unlike avg)

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