Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26188 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0.677
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
September 22, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
324,335,444
Downloads Last Week:
1,069,513
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 26188 votes

    • 5 star: 19095
    • 4 star: 4747
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1054
  • Current Version:

    4.2

    out of 611 votes

    • 5 star: 353
    • 4 star: 151
    • 3 star: 39
    • 2 star: 25
    • 1 star: 43
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  • 5 stars

    "Top quality antivirus"

    September 14, 2014   |   By pontanan

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Lots of features (including a specific 'gaming mode' so you don't need to hear the antivirus when it has updated etc.), High quality & pretty simple

    Cons

    Might be a bit too safe at times. (It might tell you that something is a virus and remove the file/folder etc. even though it itsn't a virus. So you need to exclude the specific file or path in Avast.)

    Summary

    Out of every antivirus i've used and most i've read about i can say that Avast is the best. Even if you don't have the money to pay for it (or don't want to) you will get enough out of the antivirus to keep your computer safe forever. (re-register every 365 days)

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  • 5 stars

    "better than avg"

    September 14, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    haven't had a virus yet

    Cons

    none that i have found

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  • 5 stars

    "A brilliant free anti-virus program."

    September 14, 2014   |   By gomez510

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It's a free program and nothing has ever penetrated it's defence in over two years of me using it to protect my computer.

    Cons

    There are no cons as far as I'm concerned.

    Summary

    Why are you reading this review??? Download the free Avast program now.

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  • 5 stars

    "saved my butt several times"

    September 13, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    catches the beastys before they hurt me

    Cons

    cant think of any

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  • 5 stars

    "Good program"

    September 13, 2014   |   By winstonebook

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Good detection rates
    Good performance
    Works on XP
    Set it and forget it

    Cons

    UI is a little clunky but it is OK.
    Avast's voice can be creepy

    Summary

    Good all around Avast can protect you all around

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  • 5 stars

    "Great product"

    September 13, 2014   |   By Firestorm420

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Timely updates on both definitions, and engine. I feel safe and have had many years of using the product.

    Cons

    Would be nice to be able to see what files and programs it wanting to delete, block, or quarantine and let the user decide what to do.

    Summary

    I like the product enough to have turned down free Norton protection from my internet provider and use Avast. I have also installed it on almost every PC I have repaired or built for others as well, unless asked not to do so. It is also fantastic that the company offers the free version. I know people, and have done work for people that just can not afford an antivirus product in today's economy. Avast is there for them to have internet safety and I highly recommend it to all. Thanks Avast.

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  • 5 stars

    "SIMPLY THE BEST !"

    September 13, 2014   |   By IICEMAN

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    WORKS AS THEY SAY

    Cons

    NON , USED IT FOR 3 YEARS ON AT LEAST 20 W/S

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  • 5 stars

    ""FINDS THAT" ONE IN A MILLION AND LIKE NO OTHER"

    September 13, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    CATCHES VIRUSES BEFORE THEY HAVE DUMPED ONTO MY COMPUTER.
    DAILY FREQUENT UPDATES
    INTUITIVE
    PROTECTS EXTREMELY WELL
    USED TO HAVE A CONFLICT WITH SYSTEM RESTORE, NO LONGER

    Cons

    NONE WHATSOEVER.

    AS LONG AS AVAST KEEPS SUPPORTING THEIR SOFTWARE, I WILL FOREVER BE A USER OF AVAST.

    Summary

    I HAVE TESTED AND USED APPROXIMATELY 10 AV'S AND NONE OF THEM WORK AS WELL AS AVAST.
    OVER 20 YEARS COMPUTER TESTING AND TROUBLESHOOTING.

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  • 5 stars

    "You never forget your 1st"

    September 12, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Avast is the first antivirus software I've ever downloaded and It's the best. It's intuitive to the end user's eyes. So easy, I've installed it on my father's CPU and he still barely navigates e-mail. It is reliable.

    Cons

    Really can't think of any.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Product 2014"

    September 12, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I hope use this antivirus forever.

    Cons

    Avast free is the best solution for windows 8 or 8.1

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