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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 25,820 votes

    • 5 star: 18805
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 470
    • 1 star: 1032
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 151 votes

    • 5 star: 104
    • 4 star: 29
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does an excellent job at standing guard!"

    June 22, 2010  |   By nikkilee78

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    Avast! runs itself while you work, keeping your pc hassle-free with a strong defense against exploits. The new GUI is much desired over the past.

    Cons

    Nothing so far, I love this product far more than its predecessor.

    Summary

    Since opting out of the boxed-ware 'Big Brand' versions a couple of years ago, I have seen many free antivirus security apps come and go. By far I have to say that Avast! leads the pack and I have finally settled on my line of defense! No more trial-n-error, with an infected pc as the price, for me. . .solid and smart Avast@! has found its home on my pc. I especially love its new look and feel! Much better than previous versions and constantly updating its databases! Sweeeeeet!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Accurate, easy to use, fast."

    June 16, 2010  |   By jdhwrrrs

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    Haven't had any problems with it.

    Cons

    Can't find anything right now.

    Summary

    Don't have further comments.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it do the thing,they promis.protect my computer"

    June 15, 2010  |   By bonde_1

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    it warns me,when I am going in on sides whith mailwere.for one examel.it upgrade every day,so.the people,take there job seriucly

    Cons

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    Summary

    I have olready sad what I like.whith this prodact.so thank you,from me

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Sweet Antivirus"

    June 14, 2010  |   By TheVero

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    I like because it scans fast and it's free...

    Cons

    None I can say

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best I've found!"

    June 14, 2010  |   By jandsm5321

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    It runs so fast and does it's job well.

    Cons

    I had one false alarm in the year I've used it. That is more of a pro than a con though because I got weekly false alarms with other anti-virus programs.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "360 degree protection. Slow. Number of false positives."

    June 14, 2010  |   By RyanPN

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    Has all around coverage. Catches most viruses. No real holes in the security.

    Cons

    Catches some things that aren't viruses, a significant amount of those. Labels things such as mIRC as a PUP(which it is definitely not). Annoying sounds, though they can be turned off. Slows the computer down considerably.

    Summary

    I decided to download the program to test it out. I ran a scan, the quick scan took over an hour to finish. I wonder how long the full scan would have taken, glad I didn't try it. It found an "infection", being mIRC. And another of a program I wont mention as you would not have heard of it. Now, I believe that PUP-gen means generic potentially unwanted program; which mIRC is most definitely not. This prompted me to uninstall this ridiculous anti-virus. Overall, I give it 4 stars, although it is over sensitive, its protection is well rounded and complete.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Far superior to all free & most paid antivirus software"

    June 14, 2010  |   By tershirkats

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    works completely behind the scene with no effort to scan or get updtes

    Cons

    only one problem, when new version comes out, there is no notification from avast

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  • 4.0 stars

    "For a free antivirus program it is really good."

    June 14, 2010  |   By randyrpfs

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    That it runs in the background and doesn't keep popping up trying to get you to upgrade it.

    Cons

    None that I know of at this time.

    Summary

    Good free antivirus program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great all round protection, as good as Avira"

    June 14, 2010  |   By frank-turner

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    Feature rich, offers real time protection, includes web, email, IM, P2p, and network shields. Robust and reliable, no trouble with virus attacks since I started using it.

    Cons

    Nothing to dislike.

    Summary

    No problems in installation, no problems in using Avast with other products.
    It works quietly in the background, few false positives.
    Safe, reliable and consistent product, deserving of its growing reputation as the best freeware Anti Virus program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Muy bueno y práctico y mejor aún... gratis!"

    June 13, 2010  |   By sony-megan

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100524

    Pros

    Facil instalacion, facil registro, facil de configurar, escanea rapidamente, actualizaciones automaticas :)

    Cons

    El sonido cada vez que se actualiza la base de datos :( lamentablemente eso no se puede configurar.

    Summary

    Tenia la version anterior a esta antes en mi PC y mucho antes de salir publicada en esta web salia un mensaje de que habia una nueva version de este antivirus :)

    Recomendado!

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