Avast Home Edition

Avast Home Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26348 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8.1335.90415
  • Total Downloads:
    332,102,078
  • Date Added:
    June 25, 2009
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,114,124
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7

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 22 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26348 votes

    • 5 star 19216
    • 4 star 4772
    • 3 star 822
    • 2 star 479
    • 1 star 1059
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5 stars

"Excellent product! Highly recommended!"

August 14, 2009  |  By Wolverine1971

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

Reliable protection for both my laptops and our home PC. I appreciate the automatic updates and the audio notification. It found problems my old antivirus program didn't find!

Cons

I have found nothing I do not like about this product.

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5 stars

"Fast, unobtrusive and accurate."

June 29, 2009  |  By TarzanaFred

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

Hasn't let any bad guys into my computing space since I started using it a year ago.
Updates at least once a day! Gives a pleasant voice announcement when it updates.
And, it's FREE!

Cons

None that I've found.

Summary

It sure beats the bloated, overpriced stuff the big boys are selling!

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5 stars

"Updates are easy and quick"

June 29, 2009  |  By Steffilane

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

It's free, easy to use and doesn't mess with other programs on my PC

Cons

Upgrading to Pro will give a lot more protection, but I'm not complaining about a free product

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5 stars

"Outstanding AV next to Avira"

June 29, 2009  |  By MrChuChu

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

Great real-time protection
Great for old computer
Ease to use
Easy to install
Boot-Time Scan
Great auto-updates
Great detection rate not so far behind Avira
Customizable interface
Great providers such as Network Shield,Standard Shield and Web Shield

Cons

Default interface may be ugly and difficult to many users
Requires user to register for a License key (some users don't have much time for it)
Male voice may be disturbing to some users (Go to settings and disable sound)

Summary

Read here to know good ways to keep yourself protected
Real time protection: Avast Home Edition
On Demand: A-Squared - Great detection rate & easy interface
Browser: Firefox with add-on such as WOT, NoScript, Adblock Plus with Easylist subscription
Firewall: Outpost Firewall Free or Online Armour considered 100% Anti-Leak
And overall Common Sense is important :]

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5 stars

"The free version have served me so well in the past."

June 28, 2009  |  By ahjac

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

It's free, and I'm told it works on Win 7

Cons

I don't like Microsoft isn't recognising it.

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4 stars

"Good antivirus"

June 28, 2009  |  By andyjah

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

Avast is great but avira has higher detection rates.

Cons

Horrible extremely ugly interface also irritating male robot voice saying virus database updated why can't they make it a sexy female like the french version lol!

Summary

I used avast for a couple of years until i tried avira and it found trojans and a couple of viruses that avast had missed.

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5 stars

"its a great virus killer"

June 28, 2009  |  By rompeljones

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

it detects any problem quickly and eradicates it just as fast

Cons

none i enjoy using the product

Summary

great product

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4 stars

"Works OK so far No nasty bugs have been detected"

June 27, 2009  |  By stonybroke

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

What I like about this product is that it is constantly updating the security

Cons

Well so far ihave no complaints but rest assured iwill let you know wwhen I find one

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5 stars

"THE BEST ANTIVIRUS!!!"

June 27, 2009  |  By manicbomb

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

Good comprehensive protection, good scan speed and interface.

Uses low profile and low disk consumption.

Cons

It nags you when an update is done, but that's OK.

Summary

It defended me from a browser hijacker last time. I highly recommend this product to antivirus hunters.

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5 stars

"Top notch program; easy and effective"

June 27, 2009  |  By brentrjones

 |  Version: Avast Home Edition 4.8.1335.90415

Pros

I have been using it for 2 years and it has caught more than 50 viruses. It stays in the background working until something is detected. Amazing that this program is free. Over the past 15 years I have used almost all the name brands.

Cons

None that I have noticed

Summary

Simple, elegant, effective, unobtrusive. Updates itself daily. You really should give Avast a try.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.8.1335.90415
Version 4.8.1335.90414 features: Universal installer brings improvements in the setup experience.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date June 19, 2009
Date Added June 25, 2009
Version 4.8.1335.90415
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 332,102,078
Downloads Last Week 1,114,124
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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