Avast Pro Antivirus

Avast Pro Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 911 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.594
  • Total Downloads:
    9,263,786
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 29, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $39.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    4.75MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,724
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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An A-list antivirus, Avast Professional 5 provides steadfast protection and a robust selection of features. This version is the paid upgrade of the better-known Avast Free, and includes several additional features. It doesn't have all of Avast's available features, and that last batch has been saved for another paid upgrade, Avast Internet Security.

Avast Professional protects you with multiple guards. The antivirus, antispyware, and heuristics engines form a security core that also includes multiple real-time shields. The adjustable mail and file system shields join the pre-existing behavior, network, instant messaging, peer-to-peer (P2P), script, and Web shields. The behavioral shield is a common-sense feature, as security software publishers leverage their large user bases to detect threats early and warn others. Other new features include a silent/gaming mode, a testing sandbox, a firewall, antispam measures, and an "intelligent scanner" that only looks at changed files after establishing a baseline. Users should note that Avast Internet Security is the higher-end version of Avast's two paid programs. Avast Professional 5 includes the sandbox and script shield, but not the firewall or antispam features.

The biggest change in Avast 5, though, is the interface. Gone is the music player default look, which was skinnable but confusing, and in its place is a sleek UI that new users should find far more manageable. It's also Aero-friendly, with Explorer-style navigation buttons in case you can't remember where you tweaked a particular setting.

Avast has been reliably effective, and recent independent efficacy tests indicate that it can hold its own against Symantec's Norton and other popular brands. The price of this version is comparable to those, too, albeit slightly cheaper in some cases. If you want the extra protection offered here and value the brand name, Avast Professional 5 is worth the cost if you're buying for just one computer.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.4

    out of 911 votes

    • 5 star 634
    • 4 star 159
    • 3 star 40
    • 2 star 34
    • 1 star 44
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2 stars

"Another Disappointment with Avast!"

September 21, 2010  |  By Gh0st_M4ster

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

What I liked was that it had all kinds of shields to protect you from Viruses and the new User Interface was well done.

Cons

It still cant recognize many Viruses like the Trojan Horse BackDoor which really stuffs up your OS.

Summary

What really got to me was: I did a clean XP install then installed AVAST(updated it fully), put in my 2nd HDD and did a Full Scan. And it did not find the Trojan Horse BackDoor I had which made my PC go crazy! But when I installed AVG, it immediately caught it. So in other words if you really got a bad virus don't even think about getting Avast because it will just make you completely disappointed!

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3 stars

"slows system down"

September 18, 2010  |  By badbad

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

It did protect

Cons

it made my computer hp with xp run very slow, everything loaded slow.
didnt like that at all

Summary

I would have kept it had it not made my system run so slow.

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5 stars

"It's free..and it works!"

September 17, 2010  |  By staceylgantt

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

It scans and deletes any virus if detected. It updates regularly, no need to do it manually. It also updates automatically. It's free...and it works very well for me. I'm a social web user i.e. shopping, read articles, Face Book etc. I love it.

Cons

At this time there is nothing negative to say about the software.

Summary

It's a product that I will use again and again, as long as it continues to produce the same results. It is a free product that works better than a previous anti-virus protection I purchased...(NORTON)...oops, did I say that?

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5 stars

"Unbeatable, Unsurpassed Performance!"

September 17, 2010  |  By cutiepie1234able

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

No need to manually update.

Cons

Will keep your system slow.

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5 stars

"avast free"

September 17, 2010  |  By saromines

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

good an protec my pc

Cons

before i try but now i try the new

Summary

for me ist nom.1 product.good good.

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4 stars

"Excellent upgraded home version"

September 15, 2010  |  By Elaine_Tin

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

More efficient than the previous versions

Cons

I have no dislike to highlight

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5 stars

"Very Impressed"

September 10, 2010  |  By ArizonaBrian

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

Fast updates, No Pop up messages

Cons

I'm not sure it works with Outlook 2010 hotmail sychronization.

Summary

I have used the free version for sometime now and decided I'd like to protect my Windows Home Server too. Avast offered the software but it was a little expensive - so I emailed them about a package for the server and my PC's, including virtual machines like Windows 7 XP Mode. Avast had a local distributor contact me within a day or so and they were wonderful to work with. Although I can get McAfee and Norton for free all my computers are protected by Avast.

One possible issue - I use Outlook 2010 to check my both my regular email and hotmail email. I went from the free Avast 4.8 version to Pro 5.0 and now Outlook occasionally freezes/errors when connecting to hotmail account. It might not be related to Avast but the timing is suspicious. After removing the hotmail account from Outlook everything works fine.

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1 stars

"VERY BAD PROGRAM!!!"

August 30, 2010  |  By colinh25

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

NOTHING!!!

Cons

IT INFECTED MY COMPUTER WITH A HUGE TROJAN AND THAN CRASHED MY COMPUTER FOR 34 HOURS!!

Summary

DON''T DOWNLOAD THIS EVIL PRODUCT IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR COMPUTER!!

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5 stars

"very sensetive"

August 29, 2010  |  By jham_1977

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

can detect alot of harmful Viruses

Cons

detecting some games as trojan

Summary

I like it because it really detects old and new harmful viruses. what I don't like about is that, it so sensitive. but all in all I really like it.

Updated on Sep 11, 2010

I love this product and want to have it with licence key

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1 stars

"Worst ever."

August 27, 2010  |  By ohnomofo

 |  Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.594

Pros

Not much. Ridiculous protection for such a popular antivirus

Cons

Shouldnt be called an antivirus, more like something that takes up the antivirus slot so windows security doesnt complain

Summary

Use Eset. Use Kaspersky. Anything but this.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.594
Version 5.0.594 improves interaction with Windows System Restore; namely, avast now auto-repairs itself when it detects a corrupted VPS due to a System Restore (or other reasons) - aswSP.sys.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date June 29, 2010
Date Added June 29, 2010
Version 5.0.594
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.75MB
File Name avast_pro_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,263,786
Downloads Last Week 3,724
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.95

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