Avast Home Edition Free

Avast Home Edition Free

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26202 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.8.1335.90414
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
May 27, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
324,335,444
Downloads Last Week:
1,069,513
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: The program requires free registration on developer's Web site.

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 Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26202 votes

    • 5 star: 19105
    • 4 star: 4751
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1054
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 226 votes

    • 5 star: 167
    • 4 star: 45
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 4
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    Results 1-10 of 183

  • 4 stars

    "Highly recommended."

    September 17, 2014   |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Realtime protection (optional).
    Webprotection (optional)
    Mailprotection (optional)
    Easy to understand and configure settings.

    Cons

    Occational pop-up offers.

    Summary

    I really like the fact you can customize the anti-virus during the installation. In my case I've opted out the filesystem protection because I use Avira free as my anti-virus which doesn't have web or mail protection. Avast filled this gap in my free protection apps and performs as a second opinion scanner.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Best antivirus for free... Out preforms Norton's."

    September 17, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Scans executable's before you install or run. Does boot time scans. Web scans, and e-mail scans. Yearly protection for free, there is not any better one that I have found yet and been doing this for 12 years. Avast is not a system hog like Nortons, AVG, or McAfee. "I work in the computer repair business and have not found a better one yet and I've tried them all and nothing comes close" I can only imagine what the pro version would do. It will scan removable drives, and cd/dvd's. Avast keep up the great work and you'll have a customer for life and I recommend this to everyone that is looking for a antivirus that works.

    Cons

    Will not scan computers on the network. (free version).

    Summary

    Try it and you will not be disappointed. Use this along side of another antivirus and you will see the difference. Hope this helps your decision into trying this great product.

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  • 4 stars

    "Block pop up windows from suspicious sites."

    September 17, 2014   |   By motonanai

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Enough updates for virus database.

    Cons

    None-it's all over good

    Summary

    Very good for free product

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  • 5 stars

    "Quick and easy download, easy to use."

    September 17, 2014   |   By RavaMoun

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Quick and easy download, easy to use.

    Cons

    Thanks a lot. it is good.

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  • 5 stars

    "Get's the job done!"

    September 16, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Get's rid of those niggling Malwares and blocks potentially harmful sites.

    Cons

    None thus far.

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  • 5 stars

    "excellent product"

    September 16, 2014   |   By pradeepk79

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    have been using it for last five years and my system has neber had a problem

    Cons

    Of late lot of unwanted popups from avast is seen

    Summary

    on the whole a very efficient and updated product.

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  • 5 stars

    "Been using it for at least 10 years now."

    September 16, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It's free.
    And it will just get better.
    Use it forever.
    Lightweight on your computer and super effective.
    It's free.
    Browser Clean-Up add-on is a huge plus.
    Use it forever.
    Simple and easy to use.
    It's free.
    It will not pop-up any weird errors.
    Use it forever.
    It's free.

    Cons

    Haven't encountered any problems with the Avast software, ever.

    Summary

    If you encountered ridiculous errors, weird pop-ups and slow computer performance from other paid/subscription based AV products, then you should give Avast Free Antivirus 2014 a try.

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  • 4 stars

    "This is the best choice for free user."

    September 16, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to use with a cool user interface, Easy to register for free user who want a good anti-virus without cracking, Can run a boot scan

    Cons

    Avast usually move a target to chest without a confirm.

    Summary

    This is good for free user who want a good anti-virus

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  • 5 stars

    "Just works"

    September 16, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Simple GUI
    Rather discreet

    Cons

    As a standard there is a lot of software "pre-marked" under the installation process, allthough this is not a huge deal.

    Summary

    It's free. Most people like it, but if you don't just uninstall it

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  • 5 stars

    "wonderful piece of software"

    September 15, 2014   |   By ShinkoMoura

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Very suitable for me to use, really

    Cons

    I have no cons on this program

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