avast! Free Antivirus

avast! Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26075 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0.377
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
January 19, 2010
Price:
Free; requires e-mail registration after 60 days
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/7 32-bit/Vista 32-bit/Vista 64-bit/7 64-bit
Total Downloads:
316,898,962
Downloads Last Week:
869,959
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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

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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  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26075 votes

    • 5 star: 19007
    • 4 star: 4731
    • 3 star: 815
    • 2 star: 475
    • 1 star: 1047
  • 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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  • 5 stars

    "Does everything that I want in an anti-virus"

    July 28, 2014   |   By hrh24

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Fast, efficient, traps nasties and deals with them.
    Also checks the state of installed software and advises on updates which is very useful.

    Cons

    Keeps asking me to upgrade to the paid version which ain't necessary!

    Summary

    Download it yesterday and forget all about the "McKaper" and all the rest of the big money players.

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  • 5 stars

    "I recommend this download."

    July 27, 2014   |   By ChurchesWeymouth

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Fabulous solution for me

    Cons

    None that I found

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing and trusted product"

    July 27, 2014   |   By nitinsawhney100

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Extremely reliable have been using it since 2005. Even the free version comes with regular updates and upgrades.

    Cons

    I yet have to find cons.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fast, Light weight and reliable."

    July 26, 2014   |   By ssingh36

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Had been using avast since my college days and it's been over 10 years now. Have tried many different antivirus and keep coming to avast every-time I land in trouble or my system is infected badly. Love the boot-scan feature. It's very light on resources and never has any conflicts with apps. I can always rely on avast to keep things clean for me.

    Cons

    Occasional pop-ups cold be annoying. Hope it had a firewall in the basic version as well :-P

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  • 5 stars

    "Easy to use free antivirus software"

    July 26, 2014   |   By beechtree19

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It is free and it works well

    Cons

    Sometimes an ad will pop up, then disappear.

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  • 5 stars

    "ALL XP users: The Avast FREE Antivirus 2014 is THE one!"

    July 26, 2014   |   By JRam9364

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Honestly, even this FREE version is miles better than the paid versions of most top rated Antivirus software' programs to date!!! I still feel embarrassed for having stuck with the utterly useless Microsoft Security Essentials all these years! Only when they removed support for XP did I start hunting around for an alternative - with Avast FREE Antivirus 2014 I struck gold... they have promised to continue to support XP for at least another 2 to 3 years. By then... well... I might have moved on due to poor support by other essential programs etc..

    Cons

    None, really... though the Browser Cleanup is not particularly to my liking..As a Firefox user my precious Extensions can get interfered with... depending - easy enough to restore them. So for time being that free service is not for me. Also. still not brave enough to allow Avast to to do preliminary scanning at Startup - I'm sure it's ok!

    Summary

    Have a friend who has a Pro version of Kapersky (given to her by her Bank) along with Avast Free Antivirus 2014... first of all, they don't interfere with each other (can't promise that to Norton users) & secondly she found Avast protecting her from time to time from malicious websites ahead of Kapersky!!! So wonderful... it just works silently in the background - never ever hogs resources. Try it out, if you haven't before - you can always uninstall it if you prefer another...

    Updated on Jul 26, 2014

    One big con, I recall now, is that the Browser Cleanup is set up to change your browser home page to Yahoo and search engine to Yahoo and Bing without providing user an option to opt out! This is the one behaviour they must stop!

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  • 4 stars

    "Solid but can be obtrusive with false positives"

    July 26, 2014   |   By jkirk1626

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Runs in background. Automatically updates itself. Brief popup alerts go away automatically and approach the right balance between informing and staying out of the way.

    Cons

    False positives can be obtrusive. It flags and prevents updates to common programs like Google Chrome and Firefox. Avast offers a link to create exceptions for them, but the exceptions never work, and Avast flags and prevents future updates when Avast is on. Disabling then re-enabling Avast is an easy workaround for upgrading other progs like browsers, but Avast's "add an exception" links ought to work; they don't.

    Summary

    The main characteristics recommending Avast are its abilities to do most of its functions in the background so users can be free to do other things. Too many antivirus programs bog users down with incessant choices that the programs ought to handle on their own. Avast will let you get into the nitpicky OCD customization weeds if you want, but grownup advanced users who actually want to get work done will appreciate Avast's hands free automation.

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  • 5 stars

    "one of the best free antivirus"

    July 25, 2014   |   By Petrac64

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    works on Linuks and Windows, It's free and does not slow down computer

    Cons

    none for now

    Summary

    I used it for three years now figured it best till now.

    Updated on Jul 25, 2014

    I used it for three years now figured it best till now.

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  • 5 stars

    "Free, light, reliable"

    July 25, 2014   |   By debussyravel

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Free; seems to use very few resources; has been a stable and reliable performer for me for many years (not like some competitors I have occasionally tried or been forced to use); slick (in a good way) interface and bedside manner. Seems to get the job done (knock wood).

    Cons

    Cant think of any. Free version could be cheaper ;)

    Summary

    Highly recommended.

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  • 5 stars

    "Nothing can make me picky."

    July 25, 2014   |   By LeaBia

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Appearance is very beautiful, I love it

    Cons

    Still searching for any!

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