Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26398 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.545.100524
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    May 07, 2010
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/7 32-bit/XP 32-bit/7 64-bit/Vista 64-bit/Vista 32-bit/XP 64-bit

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.

 
read more +

Publisher's Description

+
 
read more +
User Reviews
+
  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 155 votes

    • 5 star 116
    • 4 star 29
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26398 votes

    • 5 star 19252
    • 4 star 4778
    • 3 star 824
    • 2 star 480
    • 1 star 1064
  • My rating

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1–10 of 155

5 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.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 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

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 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

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 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

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 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.............

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 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.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 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.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 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

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 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

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 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)

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Results 1–10 of 155

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Avast Free Antivirus
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

 
see all reviews +

Full Specifications

+
What's new in version 5.0.545.100524
Version 5.0.545..100524 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date March 09, 2010
Date Added May 07, 2010
Version 5.0.545.100524
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista 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

Previous Versions:

Add to my list Report a problem
 
read more +

More Products to Consider

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for Avast Free Antivirus

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK