avast! Free Antivirus

avast! Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26214 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0.418
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
February 12, 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:
325,973,216
Downloads Last Week:
1,040,821
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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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  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26214 votes

    • 5 star: 19113
    • 4 star: 4754
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1055
  • Current Version:

    4.4

    out of 233 votes

    • 5 star: 147
    • 4 star: 59
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 5 stars

    "The BEST antivirus software available"

    September 20, 2014   |   By gmillwater

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I've been using Avast Free for since it was released and it's saved my butt many times over. I've been using PC's, workstations, and mini's since the beginning and was a die hard Norton guy. But the throughput was very slow even among the Symantec days. From the first time I used Avast I was like WOW. It does what it's supposed to do without all the overhead of the others. Download it now! You WILL NOT be disappointed. Take it from a "Platforms Developer".

    Cons

    Nothing to report.

    Summary

    Everything

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  • 4 stars

    "Really great overall!"

    September 20, 2014   |   By SusyQU2

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Really like that it communicates with you.
    Keeps you updated.

    Cons

    Seems to have slowed down the start up process considerably since initial install.
    I manually clear cookies out of my server.

    Summary

    Suggest that you offer a month free with full services. Communicate what processes you are providing during that month that aren't free and how you are employing them on my computer to make it more efficient. (So that I understand the value of what you want me to pay for.) I would like an antivirus software that was more interactive to end user's needs through clear, simple collaboration. Help me to understand how you are protecting my computer and educate me with tips to be online smart and savy.

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  • 1 stars

    "software from hell"

    September 19, 2014   |   By jtmann1943

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    surely, but could not deal with constant interruptions, and urgings to buy up

    Cons

    demonic -- cannot get it off my pc, and it interferes with many ordinary tasks.

    Summary

    sorry i ever tried it!

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  • 5 stars

    "great product!"

    September 19, 2014   |   By badassery510

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    free
    easy to use
    works
    easy on processing resources (good for older or slower computers)

    Cons

    annoying messages and daily suggestions to upgrade to a paid service

    Summary

    I have been using avast for 5 years. I put it on dozens of computers for myself, friends and a small business. It works and it doesn't get in the way. whenever I get a new computer I have a 3 step process 1) install a web browser (firefox), 2) uninstall McAfee or whatever anti-virus came pre-loaded and 3) install Avast.

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  • 5 stars

    "Trusting it for many years"

    September 19, 2014   |   By J81501

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    I've used Avast for many many years and have never had a virus. I've had warnings that were recognized by Avast but nothing has ever gotten into my computer.

    Cons

    It does more than just AV stuff and if you turn some of that off the warnings never dissapear.

    Summary

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it... I'll keep using it on my computer (and smart phone) so long as it works as well as it has to date.

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  • 4 stars

    "Been Using It For Long Time..."

    September 19, 2014   |   By saif_msn

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy To Use, Light-weight, Attractive UI, Good Protection...

    Cons

    You Can Only Use It For A Year...

    Summary

    I Really Wish I Could Use The Free Version Without Time Limit...

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  • 5 stars

    "Great Product,"

    September 19, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    best freebie I have found, works better than most of the pay antivirus programs. I use it in conjunction with Malwarebytes (also free) anti-malware/spyware and have had VERY few problems! My computer guy Rent-A-Geek frequently recommends this program to his customers as well.

    Cons

    Very few. using with a malware program usually fixes any problems

    Summary

    Defiantly would recommend, I use the free version, but would probably pay for the premium if I needed the extras they offer!

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  • 5 stars

    "Excelent product, speccially the free version!"

    September 19, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    It's free!

    Cons

    It has some issues finding spyware...

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  • 4 stars

    "Excellent and reliable"

    September 19, 2014   |   By haeg1691

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Easy to use, updates automatically, reliable (so far!)

    Cons

    Regular reminders to update to Pro (perfectly understandable, as its free, just a bit annoying)

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  • 5 stars

    "this is THE BEST antivirus software available.BAR NON"

    September 18, 2014   |   By CindyMAINE

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Everything about Avast is brilliant

    Cons

    no cons,PERIOD

    Summary

    Avast is essential for any user to keep your PC healthy and safe, :)

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