Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26415 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.677
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    September 22, 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

    4.2

    out of 612 votes

    • 5 star 353
    • 4 star 151
    • 3 star 39
    • 2 star 26
    • 1 star 43
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    out of 26415 votes

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    • 4 star 4782
    • 3 star 825
    • 2 star 480
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2 stars

"Installed chrome, messup up my Firefox"

November 15, 2014  |  By cnetjantje

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

it works as a virusscanner

Cons

installed google chrome without opt in or out or saying/asking.
It took out my carefully installed firefox addons and user interface adjustments.
It is extremely annoying with popups and even a voice.

Summary

Because they do things without asking, see above, I dont trust them anymore. What else will they do in the background? Never Avast for me ever again.

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5 stars

"best free anti-virus!"

November 28, 2011  |  By marysneatdesk

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

free, easy to use, auto-updates, trustworthy, fast

Cons

none none none

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5 stars

"Just the Perfect antivirus yet!!!!!"

January 11, 2011  |  By InzamX

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

Ease of use,Good looking User Interface,Doesn't slow your PC down,and highly reliable.I used many other antiviruses,like MacAfee etc.Avast is the Best!The Best antivirus I've seen.....Incredible,I never thought an antivirus could be so good.....

Cons

Nothing at all....

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4 stars

"Excellant free anti-virus program."

January 11, 2011  |  By sp73smith

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

Loads quickly. Notifies you when updates are completed.

Cons

Lack of firewall protection.

Summary

I had Norton 360 prior to Avast, after installing Avast, instantly noticed a major difference in loading, starting and shutdown times. Easy to configure the program.

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4 stars

"Does everything I want it to do."

January 10, 2011  |  By corlett17

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

Reads my mind, reads my emails and keeps me safe from cyber terrorism

Cons

All is fine!

Summary

User friendly and free!

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5 stars

"I am very pleased with the protection I have."

January 10, 2011  |  By tguanche

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

I really appreciate the updates and being able to look at my computer to see it is activated.

Cons

I have had to get help downloading it because I am unclear about the process. Each time I download a new version, I seem to have trouble because I think the directions are unclear. My son, on the other hand, gets it done every time!

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5 stars

"By far the best Free ANTI Virus on the net"

January 10, 2011  |  By carlcornforth

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

Easy to use interface, Anti Virus doesn't slow my computer when in use, automatic updates which can be adjusted with ease.

Cons

Its a trial version and not totally 100% free sadly

Summary

Top rated product 5 stars, enough said !!

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4 stars

"Decent product for free software"

January 10, 2011  |  By wolfmo

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

I have used Avast! for 4 years now, and I have never had to remove a virus/trojan that Avast! didn't catch. This new version seems faster than the previous one, which took a while to do a boot-up scan.

Cons

Performance. It's not bad, but it could be faster, still. Old user interface was atrocious, new one is better, but still could use improvements.

Summary

I have used the free version for more than 4 years now, and I have never felt the need to keep one the commercial versions that came with my lappy and desktop, i.e. Symantec and McAfee. It's a little on the slow side and the user interface was horrible in previous versions, but the new one has addressed some of this. Overall, I like it and use it and have no problem recommending it to others. If you really want to be on the safe side, complement Avast! antivirus with a free firewall product, like ZoneAlarm, security for zero $.

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5 stars

"best product I have tried so far"

January 10, 2011  |  By kenafrost

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

since installing it I have never had any Trojans to remove so it does an excellent job

Cons

nothing that comes to mind

Summary

A very sexy voice tells me that the latest updates are downloaded, when I commence the scan it runs smoothly and efficiently and tells me that the scan is complete.
It states no threats on the lap top and I feel secure in the knowledge that nothing has been loaded onto my hard drive that will harm it

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4 stars

"good hassle free"

January 10, 2011  |  By trsix

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.677

Pros

easy to use for a beginer

Cons

nothing up to now

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.677
Version 5.0.677.100921 solves a problem that could lead to disappearing of the avast service and minor stability issue (aswSP.sys).
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date September 07, 2010
Date Added September 22, 2010
Version 5.0.677
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
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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