Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26400 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.545.100614
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    June 14, 2010
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • 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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User Reviews
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  • 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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    4.5

    out of 26400 votes

    • 5 star 19254
    • 4 star 4778
    • 3 star 824
    • 2 star 480
    • 1 star 1064
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5 stars

"I am trying now"

September 05, 2010  |  By kesavareddyv

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

Speed of scans. Automated daily updates for free. Runs in the background without slowing the system down too much.

Cons

I have been using free AntiVirus/malware software for a couple of years now. As a former Norton/Mcaffe customer, who got nasty viruses/trojans even with the two paid protection plans, I can honestly say the fre outperforms the purchased.

Summary

I do not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wishes to have a free and reliable antivirus program.

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5 stars

"Excellent product following prior great efforts"

July 08, 2010  |  By tomsueob

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

For Several years I have used the earlier Avast and with my new computer have converted to the new system without any problems and my trust has not been sorry. Keep upwith this great product

Cons

Have not been able, to date to find any problems at this time.

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5 stars

"great thanks"

June 29, 2010  |  By regidorces

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

its free/easy to use

Cons

none so far

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2 stars

"I'd rate it higher if "Free"meant FREE."

June 29, 2010

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

Good product, for the time you're allowed to use it.

Cons

It's titled "Avast Free Antivirus," however after 30 days, you're forced to either buy it or uninstall it. I find it VERY misleading advertising to call a product FREE when it's a "free to try" product.

Summary

Same as above. This software should legally be in the "free to TRY" category!

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5 stars

"this is awesome better than avast 4and so easy to use"

June 29, 2010  |  By kevin2436

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

everything

Cons

if it aint broke don't fix it

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3 stars

"1 virus av"

June 29, 2010  |  By vickeytj

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

stops only one viruses frm entering your system

Cons

i installed it on 3 diffrnt systms but the worst part was it detected the same virus on all the 3 pc just made me think that does avast know any other virus name or not slows down the system considerably inspite of using a latest 2 gb ram laptop

Summary

any ways good if its for free

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5 stars

"Superb Avast antivirus"

June 28, 2010  |  By iqhuh

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

Stops lots of malware/virus/trojans/worms i got into. Updates regular,interface look good and did not slow my laptop down.

Cons

maybe there is something i haven't find out yet

Summary

bottom line is this is an excellent free antivirus for me.

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4 stars

"works great !"

June 28, 2010  |  By wacozac45

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

i like that its free

Cons

none so far

Summary

very good . i ran scans with this and norton and they both came out clean. so i am very proud of this product.

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5 stars

"No inter conflict, always ready product"

June 28, 2010  |  By rajivindiachd

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

Works at its own no tension Hard Duty

Cons

Unregistered version cannot be customised

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4 stars

"Excellent!"

June 28, 2010  |  By GERRY RAINS

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.545.100614

Pros

Automatic Updates which you don't always get with freeware

Cons

No that I know of.

Summary

Better than my last anti--virus, Avira.

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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 XP, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 7
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

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