Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus

Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26912 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8.1368
  • Total Downloads:
    361,202,325
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 25, 2009
  • Price:
    Free; requires e-mail registration after 60 days
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    800,228
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: Avast Antivirus Home Edition is free to use but requires e-mail registration before the end of the initial 60-day trial period. Following the registration you will receive by e-mail a license key valid for a period of 1 year.

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 439 votes

    • 5 star 299
    • 4 star 100
    • 3 star 15
    • 2 star 8
    • 1 star 17
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26912 votes

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    • 4 star 4844
    • 3 star 853
    • 2 star 491
    • 1 star 1088
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5 stars

"Splendid! I used it for few years with no problems."

December 17, 2009  |  By freakQNC

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

Free for home use
Most comprehensive free antivirus
Unobtrusive
Frequent updates
Works behind scenes
Fast on Xp/Win7
Easy interface
Reliable & constant monitoring
Protects while on P2P, Email, Webpages...
Reputable company
I'm past 250 characters!

Cons

None to date... I'll use this to list more PROs:
Multilanguage
Virus definition updates are free
Doesn't try to push their Pro product or partner company ones
Will do initial scan at boot after install
Quarantine option
I'm past 250 chars again :(

Summary

This is an outstanding program already in its free version.
Like mentioned above (Pros/Cons) has so many features protecting your computer that you are really getting a top notch software for free! I have used it for years, installed it for friends and family and they have had no problems with it. Also the internationalization is a great feature! I have a polish friend and she's not too tech savvy, so it was a real help to at least display all menus options,etc. in her native language... she feels more comfortable with that as her English (especially when it comes to computer terms) is not stellar, so it'll make it a bit easier for her to understand what a quarantine or malware are :)

I found the program to be quite unobtrusive. Although years ago I did have a couple instances where on old laptops it was slightly impacting performances in sporadic instances, that was several releases ago and I was running it on a XP SP2 machine which was loaded with programs and software being tested, plus it also was a bit underpowered with its dated P4 processor and 1 GB RAM :) Actually comes to think of it... it was amazing Avast was running at all with that configuration.

So I can say that in all honesty I think this is a fantastic antivirus and I am thankful to the Avast team for providing it free to home users like myself! :)

The features are too many to enumerate and comment on here... and I want to avoid turning a review into an eulogy of the program. My advice would be try it for yourself I happened to love it and you may too... and if you don't, then you can always uninstall it and switch to a different antivirus without spending a dime! A no-brainer if you ask me.

PS: The Avast team has made it a priority to speed up performances so not only you will not realize it's running (like now), but you'll end up even forgetting that you have an antivirus installed!

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5 stars

"Easy to download and takes little time"

June 27, 2011  |  By Prtyeyes

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

Like how it's been changed to using only one ball instead of 2 different balls that I think one was a acerelator which you had an option to combine the 2. The new upgraded version is 100% better.

Cons

Web rater I don't like it I think Avast should have something to tell you if it's a real site or a fake one like AVG offers. I would rather use all Avast.

Summary

I choose Avast out of any other anti-virus software out there. It's easy to read and operate all the different functions, takes little time to download,

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4 stars

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January 26, 2011  |  By 12345678qwertyui

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

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Cons

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5 stars

"best anti virus"

October 14, 2010  |  By deepthichennoju

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

easy to understand and install

Cons

everything is good

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5 stars

"im very like it"

September 14, 2010  |  By walidhasan

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

im very like it

Cons

im very like it

Summary

i like it becaouse it is exslant

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1 stars

"Customer Service--Descent into Lowest of Hell Realms"

September 02, 2010  |  By grrrrkitty

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

When working does the job.

Cons

When stops working only indicator is small x over icon in toolbar.
Conflicts with some programs
Slows system

Summary

Has stopped working on me twice in seven months.
Customer service is only accessible through email. Each time support took three days for initial response. They don't read through email and responded incorrectly to the problem. This last problem I am on day five without Avast working. Each response takes 24 hours for them to respond.

There instructions to remove software somehow effected Windows 7 and I had to reinstall and now W7 and dig up discs with key.

Not sure why I'm sticking this out, Stockholm Syndrome?

Updated on Sep 2, 2010

I had paid for mine---

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5 stars

"An excellent product. Very user friendly."

February 04, 2010  |  By nwhator32

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

I am delighted with voice database updates.

Cons

I think it's a great product.

Summary

Excellent product.

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4 stars

"In the short time I've had Avast it's been just great."

January 19, 2010  |  By ldg1013

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

It's been doing everything its required to do.

Cons

I have no dislikes about it so far.

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5 stars

"so far so good, no problems."

January 19, 2010  |  By ponyandfriends

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

mateince free

Cons

cant think of one.

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5 stars

"The product is good"

January 19, 2010  |  By lasaf

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

I have used other free anti virus sofware such as AVG , Avira,Comodor.But I have realised that Avast is the best.It consumes less memory space compaired to other software

Cons

Everything all right

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5 stars

"goed the best"

January 19, 2010  |  By nolishier

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition - Free Antivirus 4.8.1368

Pros

ik heb nog nooit zo'n goed en simpel mee te werken progamma gehad, als dat van Avast Home Edition.......echt , ik ben zeer tevreden

Cons

sorry voor jullie , maar ik kan echt niks bedenken , had een keer een trojaans paard, maar daar was Avast mijn progamma met een stem , geweldig , bedankt

Summary

ik zou zeggen , lees u a.u.b. wat ik hier boven heb geschreven, ik hoop dat ik u naar alle tevredenheid heb kunnen informeren

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.8.1368
Version 4.8.1367 includes improvements in the malware URL blockers and solved a vulnerability in aswRdr.sys.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date November 25, 2009
Date Added November 25, 2009
Version 4.8.1368
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.23MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 361,202,325
Downloads Last Week 800,228
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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