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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 versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 25,829 votes

    • 5 star: 18811
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 470
    • 1 star: 1035
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 112 votes

    • 5 star: 72
    • 4 star: 26
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good free antivirus"

    July 15, 2010  |   By aehsen

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    Free and regularly updated.

    Cons

    Some annoying features are installed sneakily.

    Summary

    Overall it is a good free antivirus.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's always been a Spectacular Product!"

    July 15, 2010  |   By Ellie Doster

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    I appreciate the constant updates to the software database, and the broad base of converage in virus protection.

    Cons

    Although Avast is making the program easier to use for first time users, I feel that that could still be improved upon, as I had to "set-up" the particulars on both of my sisters' computers.

    Summary

    The product is rock solid and does its job tremendously well. I much prefer it to most of the ones I have purchased in years past, as I feel the protection is far superior. I'm very happy the company provides such a service for the public!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Avast has not failed me yet I have used it for years"

    July 14, 2010  |   By urbabysnugglez

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    I like all features about avast. It has yet to fail me.

    Cons

    Thus far I haven't found any features of avast I do not like.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it was easy and does a better job than my other one"

    July 14, 2010  |   By dawndeer

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    Its easy to use and i like the free part alot...i was paying 100.00 a year for a product that constantly gave me issues.

    Cons

    There is nothing i dont like about it!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best of the Best... for free that is!"

    July 14, 2010  |   By g6rox

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    Accuracy is what it's all about with Avast! This removed viruses (not false positives) that Avira and AVG couldn't handle (AVG by the way is a total waste of hard drive space). I've been doing PC support for over 25 years and know!

    Cons

    Not a single con considering it's free!

    Summary

    Avast will keep your system cleaner than ANY of the other freebies available and does a better job than Norton or McAfee will ever think to do (no shock there). If you want the best AV there is.. get NOD32, if you want the best that's free... get this!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent anti-virus software"

    July 14, 2010  |   By ThomasJThomas

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    Updates regularly....... no issues or conflicts with my other software programs, Works well with AVG anti virus. ( I know 2 anti virus software is not recommended but I know what I am doing)

    Cons

    I preferred the blue colour design of the previous version (Not the layout just the Blue colour with the A in the center of the icon). lol its the only con I can find

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  • 5.0 stars

    "User friendly and light on resource use = A+"

    July 14, 2010  |   By Barb_NH

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    Light use of my older pc's resources

    Cons

    Not sure I like the talking update lady

    Summary

    Have used free anti virus programs in the past but since my IP had offered Nortons for free I thought I'd give it a try. It really bogged down my pc no matter how I try to jigger the settings and was way too much of a hog for my laptop. A user forum I belong to recommended avast. Now I have good protection and my pc speed back.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Going strong for the past year!"

    July 14, 2010  |   By Will_NY

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    All it has to offer in a free program.

    Cons

    The best part of it is that there is no CONS!

    Summary

    If you are looking for a great anti-virus program with your new or old computer, this one is the best one. I have a Sony Vaio laptop from 2005 and it performs very smooth. Doesn't slow down at all. I have tried AVG in the past and all I can say it's terrible. It cut off my internet connection. (had to restore) Look at AVG's review now! All one-star rated. Just look at it for yourself. Download Avast and don't look back.
    It's free and highly recommended by other users like me!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good freeware antivirus."

    July 13, 2010  |   By fdthornton62

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    Easy to use, especially this latest version.

    Cons

    Simply put, was a little hard to use at first. But this latest version is way better.

    Summary

    When I was first recommended this freeware it was a little difficult to use. But newer versions like this one have become easier and easier to us. Updates itself with ease and makes me feel safe. Would recommend for home use and if needed, would purchase the business version if I had one.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing protection, easy to use, just... Great! :D"

    July 13, 2010  |   By metaljonas

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.594

    Pros

    1. Good with handling system resources, it's not a hog.
    2. Catches everything as it happens, if not when you do a scan of any type.
    3. Updates all the time, more than I seen with any product except Norton.
    4. Easy to use interface.
    5. Tons of options

    Cons

    1. Nothing.
    2. Nothing.
    3. Nothing.
    4. NOTHING.

    Summary

    This is the best anti-malware you can possibly get. If you experience a problem, its either your crappy computer, or a bad install. More likely your crappy computer though. I have been using Avast! for 2 years, no hitches at all. 5/5, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!!!

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