Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26270 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0.545.100524
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
May 07, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/7 32-bit/XP 32-bit/7 64-bit/Vista 64-bit/Vista 32-bit/XP 64-bit
Total Downloads:
325,973,216
Downloads Last Week:
1,040,821
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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 Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26270 votes

    • 5 star: 19158
    • 4 star: 4764
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1056
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 155 votes

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

    "Not bad, could be better though."

    October 01, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It is constantly active and often blocks dangerous sites. Never had any clear indication that I have a virus in my computer.

    Cons

    Slows down my computer a lot. Sometimes updates at times when I need the full bandwidth of the connection which can damage work I'm doing. Sometimes computer bugs slightly and wondering if there is any virus that got past the protection.

    Summary

    Protection seems good. Would be better if the load on the processor could be lessened and if it detected when the connection was already being used by another program. I also do have to understand that in a free version the quality wouldn't be as good as for the payed version so generally quite good. Thumbs up from me.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great protection! :)"

    September 30, 2014   |   By Wapenshaw

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It's free and doesn't use up your computer's resources that much.

    Cons

    Haven't seen any yet.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Best, free or not!"

    September 30, 2014   |   By jerryseymour

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Excellent protection, fast at normal security settings, never had any virus in over 12 years, auto updates

    Cons

    no cons that I have found

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  • 5 stars

    "Better than many paid programs. Tell Your Friends"

    September 30, 2014   |   By demous

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Excellent anti-malware solution, especially for a free program. Highly customizable for the more savvy, but the default settings work very well without any fiddling for the basic user. Efficient resource use, won't bog down your system. User-friendly UI while still being full-featured, including offering more options that can be obtained by upgrading to the paid version.
    Convenient auto update for both the program and definitions; including the ability to have it connected to a streaming service that automatically checks for and installs the latest versions. Has extra features already built in, such as the software updater, browser cleanup, and rescue disk; features that are quite commonly only available in the paid versions of other programs, if at all.

    Cons

    Occasional popups that are not directly related to the program operation or status can be a minor nuisance. However, if you find the comparatively rare feature popups more annoying than the informative and operation ones, popups can easily be turned off by enabling silent gaming mode.

    Summary

    Overall, one of the best protections against malware out there, especially for free.

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  • 4 stars

    "Like this app - very useful"

    September 30, 2014   |   By download.net.pl

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Great interface, simple design, simple options.

    Cons

    little bit too slow for me.

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  • 4 stars

    "You get literally infinitely more than what you paid!"

    September 29, 2014   |   By tessseractheart

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It's free. It works. And it's free.

    Cons

    There are some nagging popups.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Virus Protection by far"

    September 29, 2014   |   By Donald_M

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I have been using Avast for years on everything from my Phones to my Desk top computers and I Can't remember the last time I had a virus of any type on any of my systems. From Android to Windows, Avast simply works!!!! When I work on computers for others that is the First thing I recommend they install. I have had great support when needed and the program has never failed me. It will Always have a 5 star rating from me.

    Cons

    I have yet to find a complaint with any part of the program

    Summary

    see above

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  • 5 stars

    "A very nice app to have."

    September 29, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Simple interface. Frequent updates to ensure the latest definitions are present. Detects potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

    Cons

    The frequent pop ups for other program updates.

    Summary

    Overall this is an excellent antivirus. And I like that it tags PUPs, which have, so far, always been unwanted ;)

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  • 4 stars

    "Works very well"

    September 29, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to install
    Easy to understand (you don't have to be a computer genius)
    Free!!

    Cons

    Occasional publicity

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  • 5 stars

    "In my opinion the best free antivirus.."

    September 29, 2014   |   By peter.fraxis

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    very simple to use, reliable, 'intelligent' software..

    Cons

    I haven't noticed any so far..

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