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Avast Home Edition Free

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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:

    4.6 stars

    out of 226 votes

    • 5 star: 167
    • 4 star: 45
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

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

    August 4, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 5.0 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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