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Avast Pro Antivirus

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 906 votes

    • 5 star: 632
    • 4 star: 158
    • 3 star: 39
    • 2 star: 33
    • 1 star: 44
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "ease of use"

    January 13, 2011  |   By mncdwc

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    Ease of use and effective.

    Cons

    I'm not always sure about how to follow through with problems

    Summary

    If a problem shows up - I'm dont' always understand what to do about it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Only good Karma here !"

    December 7, 2010  |   By Tonynio

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    Only the best for my PC that's why i slammed out USD39.95 because it looks and runs like a Mercedes Benz. And the layers of protection is second only to Air Force One,I'm in stealth and fighter mode 24/7 365 . Avast , when it needs to seeks and kills

    Cons

    There are none or it wouldn't be on my computer. Right ?

    Summary

    The baby is a Diva. She looks great and knows her job like a CEO of a future 500 business. She knows how to protect and do whats in the best interest and kill what ever tries to bring harm to it. Avast is the best like a yogi calm cool and collective ,but like a dobbe, when time to protect it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "do not download this software, nothing but problems"

    December 5, 2010  |   By samson101557

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    there's nothing i like about this newer version

    Cons

    i ran the free version 4 for a year without problems, as soon as my supposed free version expired and had to download version 5 problem after problem.there is no uninstall program with this software and it cant be uninstalled manually either.

    Summary

    i truly belive avast has made this impossible to remove so the upgrade version is your only choice , also planted small viruses on my hard drive that only the upgraded version will mysteriously detect and remove, what a scam

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it is good product."

    November 29, 2010  |   By lalitendupattanaik

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    it's detecting virus well.

    Cons

    nothing found.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Unobtrusive Yet Thorough and Effective"

    November 19, 2010  |   By ChiponMonster

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    Installed easily, is highly configurable, and doesn't hog resources as some antivirus apps have. Is extremely effective at preventing malware from taking hold by terminating a connection before the malware even reaches your computer.

    Cons

    Avast was caught sleeping on the job and my desktop was infected by a nasty java exploit that nested in my MBR, toasted my Win7 install during the removal process. After running AvastPro for a year, this has been it's only miss that I am aware of.

    Summary

    Avast Pro gets the job done without making much fuss. I feel confident that my computer is protected.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great value, Great protection!"

    November 17, 2010  |   By lauraglover

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    Great value, Great protection!

    Cons

    No cons found at this time

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good, but a ***** to install"

    November 6, 2010  |   By jacksatx

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    Once installed, seems to work Ok.

    Cons

    The install system needs to be reworked. I repeatedly got msg: :the license for this product is invalid" Yes, right! my friend finally uninstalled the sucker and reinstalled. Finally working.

    Summary

    I bought the two-year, three computer version. Installation was a *****! Finally went to a friend (PC nerd) and he uninstalled and reinstalled program; finally working.
    Do not recommend unless fairly computer savy as I do not view this software very user friendly.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "it is good for my pc"

    October 24, 2010  |   By Aryan_kunal

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    this is good softwear which is scan my pc solve the problem in my pc

    Cons

    it is good

    Summary

    this was perfect

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crashed my compueter"

    October 23, 2010  |   By mohairsilkie

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    Rave reviews of editors

    Cons

    Paid & downloaded. Problem with code from elements 5 pay window to open software. Rebooted as instructed. Black screen crash requesting recover disc. Required Computer Expert recovery. Google Avast Crashed Computer.

    Still don't have money back.

    Summary

    Not as advertised. Either software bug or incompatibility with Win 7.

    No U.S. phone number. Elements 5 is a third party payments center.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Strange Bedfellows"

    October 9, 2010  |   By txtech

    Version: Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.677.100921

    Pros

    Avast is great -- easy interface good product, but there help desk kicks you to the Iyugi sales pitch (very bad)

    Cons

    iyugi is a call center support group - it is cheap but it is no more than ccleaner and avast with someone else clicking the buttons. So it is not cheap it is expensive

    Summary

    do not call Avast tech support - or beware of the odd cross selling agreement with iyugi

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