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Avast Home Edition

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 versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 25,824 votes

    • 5 star: 18808
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 470
    • 1 star: 1033
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 387 votes

    • 5 star: 277
    • 4 star: 71
    • 3 star: 18
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 17
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  • 5.0 stars

    "avast home 4.8"

    November 6, 2010  |   By albert_gee2

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

    Pros

    avast is perfectly great ,it works better,ilke alarms and update talk,thanks you very much

    Cons

    avast works better than avg and run my computer smoothly

    Summary

    thats why i love avast to protect my computer thank you very much

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Avast Free Antivirus 4.8.1229.80723"

    September 2, 2010  |   By vinit_

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

    Pros

    Avast Free Antivirus 4.8.1229.80723

    Cons

    Avast Free Antivirus 4.8.1229.80723

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  • 1.0 stars

    "i cant download any software what happen"

    May 8, 2010  |   By davidbala

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

    Pros

    not downloading what happen

    Cons

    not downloading what happen

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not free as described"

    March 19, 2009  |   By diacad

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

    Pros

    One of the few antivirus programs offered for Windows 98

    Cons

    Free version seems to be only a trial - apparently one must switch to paid version in 60 days

    Summary

    no long-time experience with product, but other reviews are positive.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Happy!"

    January 18, 2009  |   By cnt21

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

    Pros

    It just seems to work great. Easy and free.

    Cons

    I don't see any right now.

    Summary

    I had AVG Anti-virus on my last computer, but I wanted to try Avast on my new 32-bit laptop. I have Vista Home Premium. I use real-time Windows Defender currently, Windows Firewall (came with Vista), SpywareBlaster, and SuperAntispyware free editon. It all seems to work good together. I liked AVG, but I like Avast a little better. I was impressed how Avast found Malware before other programs, and had me delete it. I am considering ending real-time Windows Defender and trying the paid version real-time SuperAntispyware. Anyway, I think Avast is awesome.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This Anti-Virus Solution ROCKS! and it's free!!!"

    October 15, 2008  |   By val/Kyrie

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

    Pros

    Why spending so much money on commercial products If avast! is one of the best? But if sometime they ask you to make a donation, please contribute to the good causes, just to keep excellent software like this evoluting and being available for free

    Cons

    I have nothing to say against avast!

    Summary

    It works just fine. It won't slow down your rig, protects in real time, makes automatically data base actualization on a daily basis, offers P2P, IM, Outlook/Exchange etc. protection. Forget all other options including AVG

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent job Avast found infections others left behind"

    September 12, 2008  |   By fastjack01

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

    Pros

    Avast immediately got to work & requested permission to check Hard Drives during start-up before I logged on. On a blue screen I was able to watch as Avast found & repaired one infection after another. I was surprised by the # of infections found

    Cons

    To this date I have no negative comments of any kind. Avast is just an exceptional product in every way. And on top of that it is FREE!

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  • 5.0 stars

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    September 11, 2008  |   By ybzybq

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply superb"

    September 8, 2008  |   By peterfgray

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

    Pros

    It does the job, and does it very well, with minimal intervention.

    Cons

    There are no cons.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The Greatest Free Antivirus out there!"

    September 4, 2008  |   By PA2982

    Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80723

    Pros

    It provides a wider range of protection compared to AVG and Avira. It prevented me from downloading infected files with windows messenger and Bitcomet. It's not a memory hog like AVG and the boot-time antivirus scan didn't take that long.

    Cons

    Despite the availability of skins, the interfaces of the different scan modules need to be updated and unified.

    Summary

    Worth trying!!! Much better than AVG

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