Avast Home Edition Free

Avast Home Edition Free

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26415 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8.1335.90414
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    May 27, 2009
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7

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

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

    4.6

    out of 226 votes

    • 5 star 167
    • 4 star 45
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26415 votes

    • 5 star 19263
    • 4 star 4782
    • 3 star 825
    • 2 star 480
    • 1 star 1065
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1 stars

"could not down load"

February 22, 2010  |  By irrigationiswet2

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

could not download

Cons

could not download

Summary

i have me system need avast 4.8 please

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5 stars

"Doesn't bug you with useless crap"

September 21, 2009  |  By Oshodi_2009212

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

automatic updates, It scans fast.
Thia program keeps updated and is valuable for thoughs with no money and a need for a good anti-vires. I recomend it to all the people i do computer work for.

Cons

I don't think their is much negative characteristcs about this program.

Summary

I don't think their is much negative characteristcs about this program.

Updated on Sep 21, 2009

I don't think their is much negative characteristcs about this program.

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5 stars

"AVAST SKINS! and you thought there were only 2"

August 04, 2009  |  By Spazdancer

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

Heaps of Skins!!

Cons

Absolutely none, nada, zip

Summary

There's been a bit of talk about the boring Avast skins in some reviews. Well go to their website at www.avast.com and choose from about 40 different skins from 'downloads' or download the lot and they will automatically store into the interface:)

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5 stars

"Fantastic well built and can keep you safe."

July 22, 2009  |  By eatingtheproverbialcat

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

Thia program keeps updated and is valuable for thoughs with no money and a need for a good anti-vires. I recomend it to all the people i do computer work for.

Cons

I hate when the pro version runs out and wont leave you alone to buy a new licence. Every ten minuts it's telling you.

Summary

Get this it will make you happy. If you have nortan or macafee ditch them and get this you will fall in love.

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3 stars

"It's a great program!"

June 26, 2009  |  By PATHSTRUCK

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

It scans fast.

Cons

I don't think their is much negative characteristcs about this program.

Summary

It's a great program!

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5 stars

"Thumbs up jocko"

June 24, 2009  |  By JimmyTrout

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

Just flat works

Cons

None, the update audible is a little intrusive

Summary

Doesn't bug you with useless crap, the pay antiviruses could learn something here

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5 stars

"good program"

June 24, 2009  |  By ddyoder

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

automatic updates

Cons

unable to find any

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5 stars

"Replaced Kapersky 2009 and am very happy."

June 24, 2009  |  By Najmuddin Pervez

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

very easy to install and works smoothly in the background

Cons

I don't much care for voice announcement that the database has been updated

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3 stars

"Finally driven away by the annual re-licensing hassle."

June 24, 2009  |  By downdown

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

It updates itself whenever you are networked. This works fine even on a slow dial-up connection.

Cons

You must annually reapply for a new (free) licence. If you install this for friends, you'll have to "fix" it for them all annually. The licence renewal process is a proper hassle and often fails.

The interface is a bit tricksy. Far from intuitive.

Summary

I've been using this for years, but now I've finally had enough of the licensing problems, and have switched to AVG. Which is not so quick at updating (a problem for dial-up users) but at least it doesn't pester you for a new licence every year. You have to wonder: What is the point of making users jump through hoops to reapply for a new licence annually, when it is free anyway?

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5 stars

"Does its job well, unobtrusively, and inexpensively"

June 23, 2009  |  By Tree Doctor

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition Free 4.8.1335.90414

Pros

I got ample time to test it out before purchasing. Reasonable multi-user pricing. Not a huge burden on memory & disk space like some other antivirus apps that begin with "N...". After 3+ years, we've never had a problem.

Cons

I have no cons.

Summary

Some antivirus applications seem to want to add a very prominent front end... perhaps intended to remind the user it's there. Avast goes about its business quietly, with frequent virus pattern & system updates. I tried it because it was free, then purchased a VERY affordable multiuser license, which provided enough installations to actually serve my family. (I abandoned PC-Cillin some years ago because their multi-user license covered only 3 computers. Hah! Our family of 5 have 6 computers. Avast covers them all. No software conflicts as I often read about with other antivirus apps that begin with "N....".

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.8.1335.90414
Version 4.8.1335.90414 features: Uni brings improvements in the malware and rootkit scanners and an enhanced setup experience.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date June 19, 2009
Date Added May 27, 2009
Version 4.8.1335.90414
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 95, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, 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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