Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26329 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.889.110120
  • Total Downloads:
    330,616,138
  • Date Added:
    January 20, 2011
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    991,546
  • 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 296 votes

    • 5 star 174
    • 4 star 73
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 31
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    4.5

    out of 26329 votes

    • 5 star 19203
    • 4 star 4770
    • 3 star 820
    • 2 star 479
    • 1 star 1057
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5 stars

"Simple and super fast to sort those Nasty Gremlins"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Boot scan is a weapon, finds 90% of the issues
Software updater is super useful
Easy use interface
Self updates with a vocal notification

Cons

Doesn't always get new virus's occurring,or at least straight away.
Some older virus have been over sited and not found
The bad tool bar remover cleans great but will keep adjusting your web browser search to BING OR YAHOO .? really i do understand its a free protections and these simply seem to be sponsors but very annoying

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5 stars

"My PC's personal bodyguard and protector.....!!!!!"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free
Real time scans (Online & offline)
Best thing I like is the boot time scan feature
Very nice UI

Cons

Have been using avast since last 4-5 years and didnt face any issue as of now

Summary

Reliable and surf without any worries coz avast gonna take care of everything else.

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5 stars

"Safe, Fast."

October 22, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Not CPU consuming, block suspicious sites quick.

Cons

Cannot solve the Java update problem.

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5 stars

""Great product, old & new versions.""

October 22, 2014  |  By PurPanda

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I have used Avast for years without a single problem. It has stopped a number of "PROBLEMS," and I recommend it to all my friends and family & they have been using it for years too & love it. Thanks for a great product, Avast, & stopping all my problems trying to come in! :-)

Cons

None that I have came across.

Summary

Wouldn't it be nice if all downloads were as efficient and trustworthy as Avast? We have been using Avast for 10 + years! :-)

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5 stars

"The best I have used"

October 22, 2014  |  By oxfordmo1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

It is there looking after your computer even when you think it is not there

Cons

Asks to remove programmes I have used for years with no proper explanation why

Summary

overal the best I have used and I have tried a few

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4 stars

"Best free anti-virus software I've found."

October 22, 2014  |  By SJHH

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Extremely thorough, runs very quietly in background and does a great job.

Cons

Not very keen on more intrusive nature of newer versions but still does the main task very well indeed.

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5 stars

"Great product, old AND new versions."

October 22, 2014  |  By gritchie1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I have used Avast for years without a single hiccup. It's stopped a number of "nasties," and I recommend it to all my friends and family. Thanks for a great product, Avast. :-)

Cons

None that I've come across.

Summary

Wouldn't it be nice if all downloads were as efficient and trustworthy as Avast?!

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2 stars

"Protects too much."

October 22, 2014  |  By fraterphoenix

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

None. Sorry about that. Just about all 3rd party security software is just too much for everyday use online or off.

Cons

I have recently found out that 3rd party security software is too much for the average user. Gamers and even other software can be blocked to some degree if not completely by these type software. Unless you are a spy working for the government, I see no real reason to use 3rd party security software (free or otherwise). M.S. Essentials is enough.

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5 stars

"Does a good job without much fuss or system resources"

October 21, 2014  |  By AussiePete

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Simple to use when you get used to it the interface.
Uses little resources compared to some other virus programs.

Cons

Takes a while to find your way around the modern style settings and interface. I prefer a "classic" type user interface.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.889.110120
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 20, 2011
    Date Added January 20, 2011
    Version 5.1.889.110120
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Antivirus Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 4.77MB
    File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 330,616,138
    Downloads Last Week 991,546
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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