Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26062 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.1.889
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
January 13, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
316,898,962
Downloads Last Week:
869,959
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 26062 votes

    • 5 star: 18995
    • 4 star: 4729
    • 3 star: 815
    • 2 star: 475
    • 1 star: 1048
  • 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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  • 5 stars

    "I would highly recommend this software."

    July 22, 2014   |   By TornatoreEno

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Very good and efficient

    Cons

    Not yet, everything's great for me and my friends!

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  • 5 stars

    "Is a very efficient and non intrusive antivitus"

    July 22, 2014   |   By artvillagran

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Frecuent updates for new threats.

    Cons

    none I am using the free version

    Summary

    Is the best I know

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  • 5 stars

    "No fuss-No Viruses-No annoying intrusions"

    July 22, 2014   |   By trinitygirl007

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to install/use/update

    Cons

    The voice saying virus data base updated is a bit sing songy but really? If that's the only thing I think of that I don't like - happy days :)

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  • 5 stars

    "Its free,its effective ! No bundled add-ons or malware."

    July 22, 2014   |   By dbabuy

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    - Very effective in virus detection and elimination.
    - Friendly User interface, and good graphics representations.
    - Remote desktop/control is a very useful+unique feature.
    - Light ( less resource consuming).

    Cons

    - None i can think off

    Summary

    I have tried AVG,Avira,Norton antivirus. In my opinion Avast tops them all in many ways. The other are also good though.

    I can Recommend Avast without any hesitation.

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice and easy"

    July 21, 2014   |   By PidgeonBelka

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Fast, user-friendly design

    Cons

    Well, nothing to be said

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  • 1 stars

    "false positives scamming ALL software developers"

    July 21, 2014   |   By spreadthebutter

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/malware/automated-false-positives/

    Here is an article featuring over 300 comments from software developers and their hate for false positive:

    http://blog.nirsoft.net/2009/05/17/antivirus-companies-cause-a-big-headache-to-small-developers/

    Cons

    http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/malware/automated-false-positives/

    Here is an article featuring over 300 comments from software developers and their hate for false positive:

    http://blog.nirsoft.net/2009/05/17/antivirus-companies-cause-a-big-headache-to-small-developers/

    Summary

    http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/malware/automated-false-positives/

    Here is an article featuring over 300 comments from software developers and their hate for false positive:

    http://blog.nirsoft.net/2009/05/17/antivirus-companies-cause-a-big-headache-to-small-developers/

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice software"

    July 20, 2014   |   By vidicon2Daughtry

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Fast, user-friendly design

    Cons

    none. it works well

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  • 5 stars

    "A free antivirus for our busy environment"

    July 20, 2014   |   By mm006d0973

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Keeps your PC infection to a minimum with regular updates.

    Cons

    Well what can I say, well not a lot It works great with my PC.

    Summary

    I had trouble downloading a game the other day stopping me Installing It on my hard drive saying It was Infected, but knowing It was from a reliable source I Informed Avast via the false detection button and a day later was allowed to Install the same game..... It must have known ha ha the game was rubbish . Keep up the good fight.

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  • 4 stars

    "too good to be free!!"

    July 19, 2014   |   By ammumma

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    uses less memory, does not interfere with programs running....

    Cons

    none found so far...

    Summary

    suggested to many friends and colleagues who are also happy with Avast... :)

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  • 1 stars

    "Turned my old XP computer into a useless door stop."

    July 19, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Free to use

    Cons

    Purchased version for deep cleaning an old XP computer, and now the computer is worthless.

    Summary

    Have an old XP machine that was once my daughter's. She used Limewire on it in the old days of file sharing. The machine was very slow to boot and perform any tasks besides word processing. Purchased the $19.95 version to get it back to a healthy state, but it instead completely ruined the machine. It will not boot, all the lights are on but no beep.

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