Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26124 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0.545.100614
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
June 14, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
316,898,962
Downloads Last Week:
869,959
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 26124 votes

    • 5 star: 19042
    • 4 star: 4737
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1053
  • Current Version:

    4.3

    out of 100 votes

    • 5 star: 61
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5 stars

    "Very good product!"

    September 02, 2014   |   By Mirjam13

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy and often very quick updates.

    Cons

    During the update, the Computer slows a bit down, but it's not a real Problem for me.

    Summary

    I'm using Avast for years now and feel safe with it and I'm very happy with it!

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  • 4 stars

    "Works good, but ther's room for improvement"

    September 02, 2014   |   By Surmak Ren

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Pro - can only be better as the you expect. Avast does it's job. That is good, but at all not better than good.

    Cons

    Some pop-ups aer simply annoying ecause they do not deliver any useful information.

    No full control, only remove (in fact, turn off) options via installing it is quite ugly.

    Menu structure is not strait through, too much steps to that you really need, and same number of steps to totally unimportant things.

    Option when found suspicios: «ignore it» / «ignrore it and put to a white list». Too often old apps like WinWord.exe (Office 97) or own compilations suffers from sequences in their code now is listed as viral. False positives - let me make them to exceptions.

    Summary

    A good scanner is the one, a tool with usability the other.

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  • 4 stars

    "I've used Avast for several years. It's great!"

    September 02, 2014   |   By jim.madison

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Like that it alerts me and stops me from going to a potential virus laden site, or download. It auto updates frequently with new virus definitions as well as lets me know when a new version of the program is available.
    I like having the ability to use a boot time scan, and have had it get rid of stuff that has gotten though.

    Cons

    It nags me to add paid features and upgrades.

    Summary

    Like I stated, I've used it for years. It has improved it's abilities to block viruses, trojans and all that stuff. I have not had to resort to using other means to clean things out since the early days of XP!

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  • 5 stars

    "Reliable Tool!"

    September 02, 2014   |   By Bella913

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Warns when trying to access shady sites

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

    Summary

    Only antivirus I would ever consider

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  • 5 stars

    "Works great as far as I can tell :-)"

    September 01, 2014   |   By buzzwah

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    nothing I'm aware of

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  • 5 stars

    "Does a great job. No complaints from me."

    September 01, 2014   |   By larrys1947

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Automatic updates. Works fast and runs quietly in background. Great vocalization advising of update.

    Cons

    Always asking me to update to paid version.

    Summary

    A computer repair person suggested this program to me after another program I was using failed to protect me. Ive never regretted going to this program.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good and simple"

    August 30, 2014   |   By zero298

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Let's me know whenever I'm doing something dumb with respect to malicious connections and files and doesn't PREVENT me from overriding it if I'm absolutely sure I want to do something dumb with respect to suspicious files unlike certain antivirus programs.

    Cons

    Some of the ads, while not cumbersome or intruding, can still be slightly bothersome.

    Summary

    The voice letting you know that your definitions are up to date is sexy.

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  • 5 stars

    "The only antivirus I'll ever use."

    August 29, 2014   |   By OMEGA352

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Automatic updates.
    Free to use on mobile phone.
    Gives you the option to bypass, if you desire.
    Quick scan, full scan or boot scan available.

    Cons

    None that I've found.

    Summary

    I downloaded avast! to my wife's laptop and it found over 100 viruses and corrupted files with one scan. I've been using it for almost 10 years and have no complaints. When I buy a new computer I delete the pre-installed antivirus and replace it with avast!

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  • 5 stars

    "I have been using the free version for over a year."

    August 29, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    When my old program was no longer available, I picked Avast to replace it based on reviews. It has done a great job at keeping my computer safe. That is what I was seeking!

    Cons

    Does not remove the "shopping tracker" nuisances. My only complaint.

    Summary

    I would recommend this program, and have. I appreciate that Avast offers a free version. It is a great service.

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  • 5 stars

    "effective light-weight free AV"

    August 28, 2014   |   By nft76

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Light-weight on system resources.
    Easy to use (once you turn off some unwanted features); useful "Update (other) Software" tool
    I can't say if it's good at finding viruses, as I'm very pro-active at avoiding their sources; but it's only had one false-positive in a year

    Cons

    the default toolbar is useless (though straight forward to remove)
    the highlight links for spoofing function obscures the page's text (e.g. SlashDot), but is easy to disable.

    Summary

    I dropped AVG when it got heavy and slow, scanned comparative reviews and picked Avast as recommended - been happy since

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