Avast Home Edition Free

Avast Home Edition Free

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26116 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:
316,898,962
Downloads Last Week:
869,959
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 26116 votes

    • 5 star: 19037
    • 4 star: 4734
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1053
  • 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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  • 5 stars

    "The only antivirus I'll ever use."

    August 29, 2014   |   By OMEGA352

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Automatic updates.
    Free to use on mobile phone.
    Gives you the option to bypass, if you desire.
    Quick scan, full scan or boot scan available.

    Cons

    None that I've found.

    Summary

    I downloaded avast! to my wife's laptop and it found over 100 viruses and corrupted files with one scan. I've been using it for almost 10 years and have no complaints. When I buy a new computer I delete the pre-installed antivirus and replace it with avast!

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  • 5 stars

    "I have been using the free version for over a year."

    August 29, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    When my old program was no longer available, I picked Avast to replace it based on reviews. It has done a great job at keeping my computer safe. That is what I was seeking!

    Cons

    Does not remove the "shopping tracker" nuisances. My only complaint.

    Summary

    I would recommend this program, and have. I appreciate that Avast offers a free version. It is a great service.

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  • 5 stars

    "effective light-weight free AV"

    August 28, 2014   |   By nft76

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Light-weight on system resources.
    Easy to use (once you turn off some unwanted features); useful "Update (other) Software" tool
    I can't say if it's good at finding viruses, as I'm very pro-active at avoiding their sources; but it's only had one false-positive in a year

    Cons

    the default toolbar is useless (though straight forward to remove)
    the highlight links for spoofing function obscures the page's text (e.g. SlashDot), but is easy to disable.

    Summary

    I dropped AVG when it got heavy and slow, scanned comparative reviews and picked Avast as recommended - been happy since

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  • 5 stars

    "Wouldn't be without it."

    August 28, 2014   |   By viettrav

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Very easy to download. Updates frequently to keep up to date with new threats.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

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  • 5 stars

    "There is none better!"

    August 26, 2014   |   By layanaicy

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Runs lite, keeps me safe.

    Cons

    None. Does all I need it to do.

    Summary

    I have been using for 7 years. Whenever I get a new computer, I do try the free trials that come with them for various virus protection programs....can never go all the way till he end of the trial though. I can't wait to get it out and get Avast in! Also, Avast's VPN service is very good!

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  • 4 stars

    "Good antivirus, but nags for paid version & add-ons"

    August 26, 2014   |   By CatherineMcClarey

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Has worked reliably for all of my family's computers for several years; plays nice with some other utility software (f.ex. Malwarebytes, Advanced System Care); Avast forums a more reliable troubleshooting resource than Googling error messages.

    Cons

    Nags for paid version and for some add-ons (f.ex. GrimeFighter); Software Updater doesn't always detect recently-installed new versions of other utility software (and nags for its paid version); must tweak default settings to avoid having boot-time scan start immediately (and to allow it to automatically delete infected/defective files instead of waiting to ask user's permission)

    Summary

    Still a good, solid free antivirus program -- if you can live with the nags and remember to modify default settings to what's convenient for you. Otherwise, you might be better advised to compare the paid version of this against other paid antivirus/security software programs.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent product"

    August 26, 2014   |   By sharat2000

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    free, excellent product, it has never let any virus or malaware through.

    Cons

    It has no cons

    Summary

    Excellent Anti-virus.

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  • 5 stars

    "Solid free antivirus product"

    August 26, 2014   |   By slurpje

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    -Easy to use interface at first glance
    -Sophisticated interface and lots of information and possible tweaks when you take your time to look more into it.
    -Not a system resource hog like some others
    -Some interesting extras like a browser plugin and update management of attack-prone 3rd party software.

    Cons

    -Make sure you only install the features you want. Some don't like the browser plugin for example and I have seen installers of Avast with adware placement in them.
    -Mandatory registration for continued use

    Summary

    Reasonably good protection (consistently above average, but not the best) against virii and malware. It has a nag every now and then to entice you to buy the 'Pro' version. I reckon I see them about once a month and whenever you have to upgrade to the next version (which is yearly). But I guess that's part of the 'Free' model. They have to actually get money from somewhere to keep developing this product ;)

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Anti-Virus software!"

    August 25, 2014   |   By Zboarda

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Does a fantastic job, has a rich set of features. Really easy to use.

    Cons

    It does nag you to upgrade to pro and the dialogs can be confusing. Only a few viruses have gone through unnoticed.

    Summary

    Fantastic virus checker! Has been my #1 choice for anti-virus for 7 years! I think I may upgrade to pro at some point.

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  • 5 stars

    "the best antivirus i ever used"

    August 25, 2014   |   By bhalot2004

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    easy and helpful antivirus i used to block spywares

    Cons

    some of my adds-on and software install makes avast blocked it and slowing down

    Summary

    even though it's definitely the best and helpful. i trust avast so much for this i will never change antivirus ever.

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