Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26506 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.889.110120
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 20, 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 296 votes

    • 5 star 174
    • 4 star 73
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 31
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26506 votes

    • 5 star 19334
    • 4 star 4793
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 483
    • 1 star 1069
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5 stars

"In my opinion good, faster,and reliable"

August 27, 2011  |  By Emasa

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

Has improved standard, faster, and reliable

Cons

comfortable and reliable

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5 stars

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March 18, 2011  |  By yazan_jouhari

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

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Cons

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Summary

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5 stars

"Great AV program"

February 23, 2011  |  By hayesfave

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

Intuitive GUI
Real time protection

Cons

None that I am aware of.It's better than TrenMicro AV program.

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5 stars

"A great and efficient program for the masses."

February 23, 2011  |  By jackjr12

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

This a great program, easy to use, maintain. Can be set for dummies or nerds. Oh, I'm somewhere In between. Most important it works!

Cons

None as far as I can tell, I have recommended it to all friends who will hear.

Summary

I can only reiterate What I've said in the pros.

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2 stars

"Great, but..."

February 23, 2011  |  By fradzz

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

Great product, no slow down.

Cons

Supposed to be free? After a trial I started getting a nonstop stream of popups telling me to buy!!
I hate that crap. I would buy this product if they hadn't pissed me off.

Summary

Why can't software companies be straight? Why is it so hard to find a product worth installing?

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5 stars

"excellent program, the best"

February 23, 2011  |  By bartonsteven

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

fully protects your computer, mointers all downloads and activiites

Cons

i have not detected any cons

Summary

the best anti virus program i have seen

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5 stars

"Reliable for years and doesn't slow down ANY computer"

February 23, 2011  |  By my oh my

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

Works on ancient PCs (ie running Win 2K even)
FREE but NOT cheap or incomplete
Smooth performance, defaults to update every 4 hours
Engine is top notch, not even bested by expensive pay-for software

Cons

Having a backup ad/spyware service is smart--viruses are where this really shines
Likewise, have a separate firewall (simple ones are fine)

Summary

I've used this for years now... have had it on raging fast game machines and old clunkers alike--right now am typing from the latter, and you can't even tell Avast is there, it's so unintrusive... that's even when (on a decade old beast with a mere 1Ghz speed and more critically half a gig RAM) I'm maxing out the computer's function, which doesn't take much when you have to "virtual memory" the fool out of it to run modern programs (my laptop got stolen, so this--which had, as its video card and sound card are still solid, pretty much been retired to a media machine--suddenly became the core performer for a while, at least til the recession stops making money a constant nervewrecker). In short, whether you've got several terabytes of drive space to supplement a solid state drive and a gig of DDR3 video memory (which I did, sigh) or... a modest netbook or worse, something that you can call old reliable while worrying every hour that name will be gone... Avast WILL deliver reliable, steady results that will not kill your machine or even upset it. It has very good manners. I wish all of them did. I've used--on work machines--Trend Micro (good but not free), all the Norton and McAfee stuff (ugh, talk about bloating and cramping!), and more, and I've also used Avira, AVG (which takes little room but even on a pretty little Thinkpad made it hang up often), and others... I'm glad there are lots of options, don't get me wrong, just like I'm glad Windows and Google and Apple all exist, but it doesn't mean I don't have a clear favorite and thankfully it doesn't mean I have to worry about such basic protection while I'm connected.

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4 stars

"Very Effective with pretty interface."

February 22, 2011  |  By Apoorv325

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

Include all those features which are available in paid antivirus softwares.

Cons

Not found.

Summary

There are number solid reasons which make it a best antivirus for home users:
1. Very nice User Interface.
2. Include all those features which are available in paid antivirus softwares.
3. It do not consume much computer resources & has fast scanning speed.
4. Detection rate is very high.
5. Various types of shields which provide advance protection.
6. Low false positive rate.
7. Its updates are small & quick & so update its virus definitions several times in a day which is good for protection.
All these reasons make avast the WINNER of my trust.

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3 stars

"Good program in general"

February 22, 2011  |  By Me-Uzik

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

Seems like a very good anti-virus program in general but...

Cons

Since I installed this program it often makes Windows XP either freeze, get the blue screen of death (which is very rare with XP) or restart the computer by itself all at startup... My cousin had the same problem and now I can see it is true.

Summary

Very good program but may need to be checked for startup errors as they can be damaging to the computer.

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4 stars

"more excellent than others"

February 22, 2011  |  By alimokhtaari

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 5.1.889.110120

Pros

Avast alerts users to updates and potentially harmful sites

Cons

it takes long time to do full scan

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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 2000, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows
    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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