Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26058 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.1.889.110120
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
January 20, 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 26058 votes

    • 5 star: 18991
    • 4 star: 4729
    • 3 star: 815
    • 2 star: 475
    • 1 star: 1048
  • Current Version:

    4.2

    out of 296 votes

    • 5 star: 174
    • 4 star: 73
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 31
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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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  • 5 stars

    "one of best free product"

    July 18, 2014   |   By maheshkodit1

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    easy to use and powerful tool

    Cons

    popup unwanted ads

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  • 5 stars

    "This is an awesome program."

    July 17, 2014   |   By NicolaEricson

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Works as advertised.

    Cons

    none. it works well

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  • 3 stars

    "Good, but Aggressive & Intrustive Advertising"

    July 17, 2014   |   By flavouride

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Have been using for a few months (from 9.0.2018) in place of Windows 8 Defender, even a full system scan is quicker than WD's quick scan. Subsequent quickscans are even speedier thanks to the auto-whitelisting mechanism.

    The avast! Online Security browser extension is a great tool in showing coupons in online-shopping sites like Pizza Hut, which are otherwise difficult to navigate from the shopping sites themselves.

    Cons

    Ever since updating to this 2014 R4 version 9.0.2021, I am no longer allowed to disable avast! own promotional popups. Nearly thought my laptop has been spyware infested. In turn I need to enable auto actions and game mode, and then check my virus chest regularly to see if anything has been quarantined.

    Summary

    Apart from my OS itself, all programmes installed are open-source (yes MS Office 2003 was the last MS Office I used at home which came preinstalled on the laptop I sold before getting my previous one and I had been using OpenOffice since Ubuntu 9.04 in my previous laptop and then LibreOffice later on) so I am not able to comment about the effectiveness of the antimalware side.

    But the promotional pop-ups from avast! are highly unwelcomed and resemble those got filtered by Ad-block Plus in my internet browser.

    Even free users should be allowed to opt-out from this adverts because we are not using your product entirely gratuitous. When you have done a good job people appreciate it and will spread all the good words about. Then people will do their own research and if they have decided they really need extra protection then they will upgrade. I receive spams by emails on a daily basis promoting Viagra. So what? When I don't need it then I don't need it. Why do you want to annoy your users? Because Avira do the same? Shall I switch to someone you are copying from then?

    You don't get any fundings by promoting only your products anyway so it's really a no win strategy which only tends to put users off and to attract negative feedbacks.

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  • 5 stars

    "A necessity on my computer."

    July 16, 2014   |   By BootPinkham

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Fast, user-friendly design

    Cons

    None, it's really good.

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