Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus

Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26327 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8.1351
  • Total Downloads:
    330,616,138
  • Date Added:
    June 29, 2009
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    991,546
  • 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 26327 votes

    • 5 star 19201
    • 4 star 4770
    • 3 star 820
    • 2 star 479
    • 1 star 1057
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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 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 XP, Windows 7, Windows 98, Windows, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Me, 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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