Avast Home Edition

Avast Home Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26412 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8.1201.80611
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    June 12, 2008
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

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 347 votes

    • 5 star 245
    • 4 star 64
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 23
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26412 votes

    • 5 star 19261
    • 4 star 4781
    • 3 star 825
    • 2 star 480
    • 1 star 1065
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4 stars

"Works as promised. Very satisfied with it."

February 25, 2009  |  By Jrambridge

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

Pros

Does what it says that it will do. Keeps most of those pesky viruses off my system.

Cons

Just the update reminders. (like all the others)

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5 stars

"Great, easy software"

July 23, 2008  |  By Suanough

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

Pros

easy to use

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5 stars

"I like it a lot!"

July 23, 2008  |  By JoyceNgo

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

Pros

Fast, easy, customizable, can be skinned, doesn't hog resources, comes with updates all the time.

Cons

None as of now.

Summary

I've always used this anti-virus. It has added many features the past years and makes me like it even more. What I like most about this antivirus is that it doesn't hog resources. It works very light on Windows XP and Vista Home Premium, and it scans very fast (at least for me)

I don't believe that it is the BEST antivirus because I don't think there is a definite perfect one. A lot have its pros and cons, but this one, I haven't found any cons yet, It's been very easy to use and very light. I feel like it's not even running. But anyway, overall it's a great antivirus and it's free too, which makes it even better. It was hard to believe at first!

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1 stars

"didn't work. hard to remove"

July 23, 2008  |  By scouter1st

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

Cons

it was confusing. identified some problems but didn't say what to do with them in easy fashion. slowed down computer until some programs wouldn't run until i was able to track all it's parts down to uninstall.

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5 stars

"Superb, quick and effective, still supports Win98."

July 23, 2008  |  By shep0_13

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

Pros

Quick and effective. Trapped trojan immediately after installation. Still supports Windows 98.

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4 stars

"Effective, Easy to Work With Anti-Virus For Free!"

July 23, 2008  |  By SFGrrl

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

Pros

What's not to like?

Avast Home Edition provides effective virus protection in a basic format that is easy to work with. It takes up less space than many similar software programs and upgrades regularly and quietly. Oh, and it's Free!

Thanks Avast!

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5 stars

"One of the best free av's"

July 23, 2008  |  By Mitza 003

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

Pros

Works fast, updates as fast as well.

Cons

The free license limited to one year only.

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4 stars

"It Finds Stored stuff of 3-4 yrs ago."

July 23, 2008  |  By afd0

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

Pros

Simple - the the point

Cons

Nothing so far. DOES NOT CLASH with AVG 8.0 Package!!!

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4 stars

"good"

July 22, 2008  |  By darrenrob

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

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5 stars

"One of the better anti-virus programs available."

July 22, 2008  |  By rbslack

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80611

Pros

The user interface is very intuitave and easy to setup and get used to. I also like the fact that it is highly configurable according to your personal needs.

Cons

haven't found anything...yet.rating=5

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.8.1201.80611
Version 4.8.1201.80611 contains improvements in spyware and rootkit detection.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date June 12, 2008
Date Added June 12, 2008
Version 4.8.1201.80611
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
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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