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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 25,826 votes

    • 5 star: 18810
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 470
    • 1 star: 1033
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 464 votes

    • 5 star: 327
    • 4 star: 84
    • 3 star: 17
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 23
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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "good to use"

    December 3, 2009  |   By raghuvenkat111

    Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1356

    Pros

    automatic scan during copy

    Cons

    slow scanning

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent and, so far trouble free."

    December 3, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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