Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26337 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.545.100614
  • Total Downloads:
    330,784,384
  • Date Added:
    June 14, 2010
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    991,546
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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

    4.3

    out of 100 votes

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1 stars

"DISAPPOINTED by AVAST 2015, BLOCKED ALL INTERNET ACCESS"

October 24, 2014  |  By TechnicalSupport972

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Previous versions of AVAST were excellent, however... cannot support using this convoluted and conflicted software update from 2014 version to 2015 version.

Cons

AVAST! 2015 BLOCKED ALL INTERNET CONNECTIONS!!! The older version was nearly flawless but 2015 is a trainwreck. I've suggested AVAST to hundreds of customers but NOT NOW - the 2015 version has PROBLEMS galore!

I had to completely UNINSTALL AVAST 2015 to gain control of browsers and software.

Summary

Do NOT download/upgrade to AVAST! 2015 yet, wait for major corrections and improvements.
HORRIBLY disappointed in trusting AVAST! to perform platform compatibility tests before unleashing this complicated monstrosity on the public.

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5 stars

"The best keeps getting better."

October 24, 2014  |  By bob3160

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

For a simple and successful install of Avast take a look at this video: http://youtu.be/1kTqm7P1KtU

Cons

I'm still looking.

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5 stars

"Best ever in my book ! <br /> <br />The absolute best ever in my"

October 24, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Simple - easy & very effective !

Cons

None what so ever -

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1 stars

"Used to be good - now, not so much."

October 23, 2014  |  By Basuto9

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I found it's easy to uninstall, anyway.

Cons

I've been an Avast user for years and was happy with it, at least until recent versions. It constantly interrupts me on the Internet and tells me it has saved me - it "saves" me from sites like AT&T.net, Walmart, Walgreen's and similar others. I've been reporting these false positives for at least one year, but nothing seems to have been done at Avast. I finally gave up (tired of reporting "False Positives"), uninstalled Avast and downloaded AVG instead. At least AVG lets me go to my regular safe sites without stopping me and trumpeting it just saved me from Amazon or B&H Photo.

Summary

If Avast ever does anything about their faulty algorithms/sensitivities I would be happy to use it again, but the way it is now? No.

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5 stars

"The best and easiest to use"

October 23, 2014  |  By cjdj

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I've used Avast Free Antivirus and I feel it is the best of any antivirus.

Cons

I don't have any "cons".

Summary

It's free, easy to use and does a great job of protecting my computer. It updates automatically and just keeps improving with new features. I wouldn't use anything else!

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5 stars

"Good free product"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free and does a good job at protecting

Cons

Pop ups can be annoying. Writing a review to get rid of a pop up now

Summary

Great free option for protecting your computer.

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5 stars

"Protects more then enough!"

October 23, 2014  |  By leftylaska

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free version catches bad sites. Does more then most anti virus programs but does not make it difficult for you to uninstall.

Cons

Have had for a few years now and can not find any.

Summary

Best for the money (-;

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4 stars

"Works well, spams too many adverts."

October 23, 2014  |  By Zognorf

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Seems to do its job without slowing down my system.

Cons

Keeps telling me I have "dangerous search engines" or some-such, by which it means Google, and wants to replace it with another one nobody uses.

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5 stars

"Simple and super fast to sort those Nasty Gremlins"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Boot scan is a weapon, finds 90% of the issues
Software updater is super useful
Easy use interface
Self updates with a vocal notification

Cons

Doesn't always get new virus's occurring,or at least straight away.
Some older virus have been over sited and not found
The bad tool bar remover cleans great but will keep adjusting your web browser search to BING OR YAHOO .? really i do understand its a free protections and these simply seem to be sponsors but very annoying

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5 stars

"My PC's personal bodyguard and protector.....!!!!!"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free
Real time scans (Online & offline)
Best thing I like is the boot time scan feature
Very nice UI

Cons

Have been using avast since last 4-5 years and didnt face any issue as of now

Summary

Reliable and surf without any worries coz avast gonna take care of everything else.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.545.100614
Version 5.0.545.100614 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 June 14, 2010
Version 5.0.545.100614
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 330,784,384
Downloads Last Week 991,546
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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