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Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus

CNET Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 25,829 votes

    • 5 star: 18811
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 470
    • 1 star: 1035
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 602 votes

    • 5 star: 454
    • 4 star: 108
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple to use free antivirus"

    November 7, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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