avast! Free Antivirus

avast! Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26503 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.377
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 19, 2010
  • Price:
    Free; requires e-mail registration after 60 days
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: Avast Antivirus Home Edition 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

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 301 votes

    • 5 star 189
    • 4 star 70
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 8
    • 1 star 28
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    • 4 star 4792
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 483
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4 stars

"THE BEST FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE!"

September 20, 2010  |  By 14121950

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

I've experimented with programs to protect a lot like Kaspersky did not continue with
With Alavast you'll find the simplicity and ease of use is working in secret but powerful
And feel safe with him, however it's free ---

Cons

I want to protect more if possible

Summary

A simple program and we are dealing with for the first time and try to respond with

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5 stars

"awesome product"

February 10, 2010  |  By tcup88

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

i think it is a really great product and i would recommend it to anyone

Cons

i don't like how it doesn't do automatic virus scans...or maybe i've never set it up properly

Summary

it's a great product!

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5 stars

"THE BEST FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE!"

February 06, 2010  |  By mikecarnes

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

Four years and never had a virus/malware installed on my computer. And I use multiple locations to access the internet. And visit many sites.

Cons

None in four years.

Summary

My only complaint ever with Avast was the user interface and they improved it! The new interface is WAY BETTER LOOKING and even the pleasant voice announcing the database update is improved:) I highly recommend Avast for anyone looking for free protection.

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4 stars

"it is good to use"

February 06, 2010  |  By samri35

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

free use antivirus and one year registration

Cons

required more protection

Summary

it is free download and easy to use and 1 year protection,

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5 stars

"Much easier to use than the older version."

February 05, 2010  |  By ncc1701e18201

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

I like the boot scan. It saved me from the blue screen of death. Ran the boot scan once and have had no problems since.

Cons

I really can't say anything against the product. In fact it's a great improvement from the older version.

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1 stars

"Locks up my computers on reboot of Windows XP SP3"

February 03, 2010  |  By donsmythe0

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

It works well and has good features, but it locks up the computer when trying to reboot after the installation.

Cons

After the initial install, the computer freezes up when rebooting Windows XP SP3.

Summary

The reboot problem occurs both on my desktop and my laptop. Thus, I cannot use avast Antivirus.

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5 stars

"Great antivirus"

February 02, 2010  |  By drrks

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

Great product, very light on system & unobstrusive

Cons

Creates error messages while checking Gmail through POP3 clients

Summary

Must Have. Price can't be beaten.

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5 stars

"Always there to "watch my back"."

February 02, 2010  |  By Gale Stroh

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

Has saved me from a few trojans and many malware items. Great product.

Cons

Haven't had time to check out all the extras.

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4 stars

"Always catching something"

February 01, 2010  |  By novasciamg

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

Always updating

Cons

I like this product

Summary

Constant detection

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4 stars

"It's great to have an automatic notifier with it."

February 01, 2010  |  By Tazwwoman

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Not sure what some of the extras are

Summary

Totally easy for those of us who are not techies....

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.377
  • 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
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date January 19, 2010
Date Added January 19, 2010
Version 5.0.377
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 333,735,609
Downloads Last Week 1,155,403
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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