Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus

Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26412 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8.1351
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    June 29, 2009
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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This impressive software provides the same steadfast protection of well-known antivirus programs, yet it's surprisingly free.

Avast Home Edition guards your PC and the network with multiple shields that scan executables and files. You can select parameters for scanning, and even choose wildcards to exclude specific file types. You can adjust the sensitivity level for the program's detectors when it comes to scanning downloaded files, instant messages, e-mails, and a host of P2Ps. Its efficient interface opens up window after window to tweak its settings to your liking, for novice to advanced level protection.

Though it took quite some time to run, we're impressed with this application's boot-time antivirus scan. Fortunately, if you're in a pinch you can bypass it. If malicious contents are detected, Avast comes to the rescue with handy virus cleanup tools. Some decent PC controls are even handed out here. You can block certain URLs and file operations, such as writing to files or even renaming, deleting or formatting them.

With immediate real-time protection, clockwork updates, and much more, this free software is highly regarded in our book.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 601 votes

    • 5 star 453
    • 4 star 108
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 12
    • 1 star 12
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26412 votes

    • 5 star 19261
    • 4 star 4781
    • 3 star 825
    • 2 star 480
    • 1 star 1065
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4 stars

"Simple to use free antivirus"

November 07, 2013  |  By siva_c_n

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

Doesn't slowdown the system, reliable free protection

Cons

No cons found

Summary

Very good to use

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5 stars

"simple to use, automatic updates and it's free!"

October 10, 2009  |  By timcherry

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

It does not slow the computer down, like Norton or Macafee. Furthermore, it is free of charge, whereas the competition charge a lot for a mediocre service.

Cons

There is really nothing to dislike - other than perhaps greater peace of mind that the product actually does protect my computer.

Summary

I really like the simplicity and usability of the product. It is free of charge and much better that the competition. I would like some confidence-building measure that assures me the product really does protect my computer- I don't mind paying a small fee for this. Just knowing thhere's nothing wrong with my PC isn't enough - I need to know how it works and what it's doing to keep the PC safe from virus attacks.

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5 stars

"i think is a very good program"

September 29, 2009  |  By Papoconga

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

first is good becouse it is free and works better than other expensive antivirus

Cons

i like every thing about this product

Summary

i dont think there is something that i do not like about this product

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4 stars

"Its free and apparently all the security I need."

September 28, 2009  |  By mjrkenyon

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

Its free and I think it is all the security I need. I am rather computer illiterate so do not have an opinion of my own as to whether Avast is good or not but I have been told it is all I need whcih is good for me.

Cons

Don't know enough about it not to like it!

Summary

I have ben told it is all the security I need so its good for me.

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5 stars

"Going out in cyberspace naked is bound to get you F...d"

September 26, 2009  |  By D2cNow

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

This software is absolutely on the J.O.B.!!! We all know what a cruel world cyberspace is for the unsuspecting. I appreciate so much the security that the folks at Avast have provided for me in this package.

Cons

There are "NO" cons!!! These are folks with the utmost integrity and in this world, well, that's a god send.

Summary

I can't wait to upgrade to the full version!!! They've given me a "freebie" that I should be paying for. Already they've saved me money by securing my computer from so many threats....

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5 stars

"Seems to work very well"

September 26, 2009  |  By valerielacey

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

Tells me when it's updated each time I log on

Cons

Nothing.............

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4 stars

"excellent AV but not the best, overrated!"

September 25, 2009  |  By hjlm

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

fast
free
good AV
many features

Cons

not the highest detection rate
bad GUI

Summary

for better options check g-data, avira antivir premium, bdis2010, kis2010.. check
http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report23.pdf
http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02

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5 stars

"My 3rd year with Avast. NEVER any troubles."

September 25, 2009  |  By bjmcentire

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

Reliable in real time.

Cons

What Cons??

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4 stars

"I trust Avast to be constant and thorough."

September 25, 2009  |  By leokus

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

Works well and smoothly with other programs.

Cons

No cons that I have noticed. What more could you ask for in a free anti-virus program.

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5 stars

"exelent antivirus product"

September 25, 2009  |  By dimhat

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1351

Pros

easy to use

Cons

brilliant protecion

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.8.1351
Version 4.8.1351 features: Improvements in some unpackers, improved stability of Standard Shield. Name changed to avast! Home Edition - Free Antivirus.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date August 18, 2009
Date Added June 29, 2009
Version 4.8.1351
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows 95, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 98
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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