Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26516 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.594
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 29, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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

    4.4

    out of 112 votes

    • 5 star 72
    • 4 star 26
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26516 votes

    • 5 star 19343
    • 4 star 4793
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 484
    • 1 star 1069
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4 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.594
  • improved interaction with Windows System Restore; namely, avast now auto repairs itself when it detects a corrupted VPS due to a System Restore (or other reasons)
  • aswSP.sys: solved a minor stability issue
  • solved a problem related to inserting of the license files
  • added the activation code feature
  • solved a problem when avast was progressively slowing down (especially in conjunction with the screensaver)
  • performance improvements in the Behavior Shield
  • avast Screen saver now accessible even in 64 bit Windows Vista
  • stability improvement in aswTdi.sys (solved a compatibility problem with AVG)
  • IS firewall: solved a potential BSOD condition
  • various improvements in the avast! sandbox module
  • minor fixes in the GUI
  • added Catalan and Belarusian language packs
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date June 29, 2010
Date Added June 29, 2010
Version 5.0.594
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000
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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