Avast Home Edition

Avast Home Edition

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26219 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.8.1335.90415
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
June 25, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
325,973,216
Downloads Last Week:
1,040,821
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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

    out of 26219 votes

    • 5 star: 19118
    • 4 star: 4754
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1055
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5 stars

    "Avast is the fastest and most secure protection I found"

    September 22, 2014   |   By The Big Unit

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Avast monitors everything you do in real time which decreases the load on your computer, eliminates the need to scan your entire system and increases the chance of catching a virus before it has a chance to do any harm. What I mean is that Avast won't slow your computer down like others I've used and it works. It catches everything even if a download is only part way through and it's infected. Furthermore, avast won't pop up every 10 seconds with suspicious content. If Avast says it's a virus, there's a great chance it is.

    Cons

    I can't use it on my iphone. I'm not sure there is a need to, but I've been using Avast for at least 4 years now and have tested 14 other brands of protection without an equal.

    Summary

    I wouldn't trust my machine and my data with any other brand of protection and it's the only scanner I need to have installed on my machine. I do use surfright.nl from time to time on other peoples infected machines but that's because they used another product. I always install Avast, and delete their old protection, before I let them go.

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  • 5 stars

    "Always been kind to me."

    September 21, 2014   |   By emoney82

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Free. Works non stop and easy to use.

    Cons

    Only once I had a problem and I needed a special uninstaller program to remove in order to reinstall.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best anti-virus there is!"

    September 21, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Quickly installs and scans viruses
    Exceptional boot time scan that eliminates many difficult viruses
    Free version works perfectly well

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    I install Avast! on every PC I work on and never hear any issues about viruses again (or until they stop updating)
    I've been using Avast! for many years myself and have yet to be infected even once
    The Interface is great and the program itself is very non-intrusive on the desktop, even sporting a silent mode for gaming if the user would like
    I'll definitely be using Avast as long as I can

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  • 5 stars

    "You really do not have to be worried for virus anymore"

    September 21, 2014   |   By AbdulRButt

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    who ever uses it definitely refer and recommend to others and thats how the family grows

    Cons

    There cannot be a perfect service or should I say a complete service, there is a door for improvement and innovation always. I have never used their paid services that's why I cannot say much about them, but the FREE version works best for me and my family

    Summary

    Thank you for keep us safe from infection of deadly viruses :D

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent freeware!"

    September 21, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Everything about it :)

    Cons

    Don't like the advertisements of disk errors etc...

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  • 5 stars

    "The BEST antivirus software available"

    September 20, 2014   |   By gmillwater

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I've been using Avast Free for since it was released and it's saved my butt many times over. I've been using PC's, workstations, and mini's since the beginning and was a die hard Norton guy. But the throughput was very slow even among the Symantec days. From the first time I used Avast I was like WOW. It does what it's supposed to do without all the overhead of the others. Download it now! You WILL NOT be disappointed. Take it from a "Platforms Developer".

    Cons

    Nothing to report.

    Summary

    Everything

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  • 4 stars

    "Really great overall!"

    September 20, 2014   |   By SusyQU2

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Really like that it communicates with you.
    Keeps you updated.

    Cons

    Seems to have slowed down the start up process considerably since initial install.
    I manually clear cookies out of my server.

    Summary

    Suggest that you offer a month free with full services. Communicate what processes you are providing during that month that aren't free and how you are employing them on my computer to make it more efficient. (So that I understand the value of what you want me to pay for.) I would like an antivirus software that was more interactive to end user's needs through clear, simple collaboration. Help me to understand how you are protecting my computer and educate me with tips to be online smart and savy.

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  • 1 stars

    "software from hell"

    September 19, 2014   |   By jtmann1943

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    surely, but could not deal with constant interruptions, and urgings to buy up

    Cons

    demonic -- cannot get it off my pc, and it interferes with many ordinary tasks.

    Summary

    sorry i ever tried it!

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  • 5 stars

    "great product!"

    September 19, 2014   |   By badassery510

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    free
    easy to use
    works
    easy on processing resources (good for older or slower computers)

    Cons

    annoying messages and daily suggestions to upgrade to a paid service

    Summary

    I have been using avast for 5 years. I put it on dozens of computers for myself, friends and a small business. It works and it doesn't get in the way. whenever I get a new computer I have a 3 step process 1) install a web browser (firefox), 2) uninstall McAfee or whatever anti-virus came pre-loaded and 3) install Avast.

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  • 5 stars

    "Trusting it for many years"

    September 19, 2014   |   By J81501

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I've used Avast for many many years and have never had a virus. I've had warnings that were recognized by Avast but nothing has ever gotten into my computer.

    Cons

    It does more than just AV stuff and if you turn some of that off the warnings never dissapear.

    Summary

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it... I'll keep using it on my computer (and smart phone) so long as it works as well as it has to date.

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