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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 25,829 votes

    • 5 star: 18811
    • 4 star: 4707
    • 3 star: 806
    • 2 star: 470
    • 1 star: 1035
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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