Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26492 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.889
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 13, 2011
  • 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

    4.2

    out of 65 votes

    • 5 star 37
    • 4 star 19
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 4
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    4.5

    out of 26492 votes

    • 5 star 19325
    • 4 star 4791
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 482
    • 1 star 1067
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5 stars

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June 04, 2011  |  By uttamnalawade567

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

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Cons

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Summary

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4 stars

"ho hoooo and botle rum"

March 15, 2011  |  By miator

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

avast free antivirus very best antivirus program greated for smartly
people not for stupid evretieng stupid people writing bool schit
that normal dies nothing uderstand.

Cons

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5 stars

"Great protection"

January 20, 2011  |  By sys-eng

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

Keeps your computer safe. The Internet Security program also includes a good firewall which is needed for XP and Vista users.

Cons

The activation process for the professional version is a real pain because they send an activation file but do NOT give you the activation code.

Summary

Getting the 3-computer license is the best deal but activating them is a pain because you must copy the activation file to a CD or DVD or flash drive for use on each computer because Avast does not give you the activation code.

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4 stars

"Too soon to tell"

January 20, 2011  |  By travelerbob1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

Doesn't seem to slow the computer down

Cons

The one thing I don't like is the extended boot time.
When you want to reboot fast you might as well take a smoke break

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2 stars

"Problem with reinstalling and updates"

January 20, 2011  |  By Keefer3

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

Avast Free antivirus has been pretty good in the past, now there seems to have some problems.

Cons

I uninstalled and reinstalled twice, and still get the same results. When I've already set the settings to auto it want download new definitions and it repeats cannot connect to server.

Summary

I'm dissappointed in this program. If someone can advise on this matter , I would appreciate it.

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4 stars

"unobtrusive lean and mean"

January 20, 2011  |  By fatmat8

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

all done quietly and unseen until it detects a problem , then it jumps into action

Cons

none decernable to me

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4 stars

"EXCELLENT SOFTWARE"

January 20, 2011  |  By PATC690

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

EASY TO USE

Cons

A WEE BIT SLOW

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4 stars

"very good easy to use"

January 19, 2011  |  By vanessapr

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

easy to down loaded

Cons

none didn"t fine any cons

Summary

help keep my pc safe

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5 stars

"The best of the free anti-virus."

January 19, 2011  |  By mpkjb

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

Fast scanning, excellent detection rate, light on resources and easy to use UI.

Cons

Can't think of any at the moment.

Summary

Non intrusive anti-virus that is on par or better than most paid versions.

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1 stars

"Previous versions worked great, latest not so great."

January 19, 2011  |  By eurbny

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889

Pros

Been using Avast for a couple years without a problem. I never had a virus and it didn't bog my PC down like anti-virus programs I have used.

Cons

After upgrading to latest version on one PC and a fresh install on another, both with Windows 7, programs would refuse to load or would hang after loading. After several frustrating hours I finally removed Avast from both PC's.

Summary

Both PC's are now working fine and I will continue to use my current anti-virus and stay away from Avast.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.889
Version 5.1.889 includes following updates:
  • boot-time scanner now available even in 64-bit Windows
  • big improvements in the Behavior Shield
  • improvements in the antirootkit engine
  • improvements in the cleaning module
  • stability/performance improvements in the Web Shield
  • CommunityIQ improvements
  • added support for sound packs
  • minor improvements in the user interface
  • General
    Publisher AVAST Software
    Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
    Release Date January 11, 2011
    Date Added January 13, 2011
    Version 5.1.889
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Antivirus Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, 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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