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    Feb. 12, 2010
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Editors' Note: Avast Free Antivirus is free to use but requires e-mail registration before the end of the initial 60-day trial period. Following the registration you will receive by e-mail a license key valid for a period of 1 year.

Editors' Review


Avast Free 5, an A-list freeware antivirus app, provides the same steadfast protection of well-known, pricier antivirus programs. Avast is remarkable for both its effectiveness and arguably providing the most complete free antivirus on the market.

Avast Free 5, formerly known as the Home Edition, 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, 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 and an "intelligent scanner" that only looks at changed files after establishing a baseline. The biggest change in Avast 5, though, is the interface. Gone is the music player default look, which was skinnable but confusing. 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's recent independent third-party testing has been notably solid, able to hold its own against better-known programs from Symantec and Microsoft. Avast 5 Free lacks features in the paid upgrade including antispam measures, a testing sandbox, a Script shield, and a firewall. Even without those, Avast Free 5 is probably the strongest, free antivirus currently available.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.0.418
  • Antivirus and anti-spyware engine
  • Real time anti-rootkit protection
  • Potentially unwanted program detection
  • Code emulator
  • Heuristic engine
  • Wake-up for scan
  • Scheduled scanning
  • Fast application of updates
  • File System Shield
  • Mail Shield
  • Optimized for Intel's new Core i7 chip
  • Multi-threaded scanning optimization
  • Graphical user interface
Publisher Avast Software
Publisher web site
Release Date February 12, 2010
Date Added February 12, 2010
Version 5.0.418
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/7 32-bit/Vista 32-bit/Vista 64-bit/7 64-bit
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.35MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online_cnet_1.exe
Total Downloads 407,042,928
Downloads Last Week 217,124
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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