Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus

Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26405 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8.1356
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    September 25, 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

    4.5

    out of 464 votes

    • 5 star 327
    • 4 star 84
    • 3 star 17
    • 2 star 13
    • 1 star 23
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26405 votes

    • 5 star 19256
    • 4 star 4780
    • 3 star 825
    • 2 star 480
    • 1 star 1064
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5 stars

"AWESOME!!!"

January 14, 2010  |  By Lauri_L

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

User Friendly!! Updates daily! Lightweight (doesn't hog resources).

Cons

I've found nothing wrong with this program.

Summary

I've been using Avast for about a year. Never been infected with a virus (and I spend a LOT of time online and downloading software, music, videos and eBooks).

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4 stars

"good to use"

December 03, 2009  |  By raghuvenkat111

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

automatic scan during copy

Cons

slow scanning

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5 stars

"Excellent and, so far trouble free."

December 03, 2009  |  By jean-morton17

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

Easy to install.

Cons

No cons so far.

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5 stars

"I only trust Avast! No One Else!"

November 26, 2009  |  By jordanLBottoms

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

Great protection for being free. Being free it is hard to believe they give you protection that compares to the paid versions such as norton etc. I've been using this for awhile and it has done a great job in providing me protection.

Cons

I love this program and has done a great job with no problems what soever.

Summary

I have tried many other free products such as avira, comodo anti-virus etc and always go back to Avast!. It has always stood by me and protected my system from infections and I wouldn't give this up for anything else. With Avast!, Comodo Firewall, Malwarebyte's Pro, Superantispyware Pro and WinPatrol Plus you will have the best protection you can get. With all this you won't have to worry about renewals for Norton or any other paid product. Great price for the economy at this time.

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4 stars

"efficient and dependable protection 24/7"

November 26, 2009  |  By j_matura

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

comprehensive and dependable protection

Cons

none, so far

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5 stars

"Excellent software"

November 26, 2009  |  By HuwWE

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

Perfectly simple, 100% effective.

Cons

What's not to like?

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5 stars

"Avast: The best free antivirus I've used"

November 26, 2009  |  By pkalog

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

1. Security. 2. Stability. 3. Flexibility. 4. Automatic update

Cons

Does not offer automatic ignore the repetition of the same file referred as infected.

Summary

As a computerholic I am managing a lot of software to many computers (belonging to more than 5 persons) for more than 20 years. In the time I was trying for months to clear a heavy infected laptop with reader_s.exe (thousands of virut virus infectioned files), I cleaned up with the aid of 2 utilities. After that I installed Avast free edition to all our computers and for months now I feel safe!

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5 stars

"Great Anti-Virus"

November 26, 2009  |  By Jack_Smith56

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

Very nice anti-virus with lots of nice features. One of the best I've used!

Cons

I Found the interface very confusing, but i managed to get used to it!

Summary

If you can get used to the interface this will be the perfect anti-virus for you! =)

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5 stars

"A silent hero behind the battle line."

November 25, 2009  |  By bibocampo

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

Never thought a free product could protect me for two and a half years without my knowing.

Cons

Got nothing negative to say on AVAST Anti-Virus on this matter.

Summary

What can you say to a free product that delivers 100% protection from Virus for almost three years I used it when saying: 'It's great,' is an understament..

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4 stars

"It works and updates and has saved me twice"

November 25, 2009  |  By warpsix

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

Pros

It is Free and it works .

Cons

Being it is free i will not complain about speed of scan

Summary

it works better then other free offers and you can merge the icons into 1 . User interface could be made easier but if you wanted easier you should have bought a apple .

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.8.1356
Version 4.8.1356 has solved a memory leak in the GZIP unpacker and solved vulnerabilities in AavmKer4.sys, aswMon2.sys and ashWsFtr.dll.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date September 25, 2009
Date Added September 25, 2009
Version 4.8.1356
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT
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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