avast! Free Antivirus

avast! Free Antivirus

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26224 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 26224 votes

    • 5 star: 19122
    • 4 star: 4754
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1056
  • 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

    "Secure, The best and nothing less"

    September 23, 2014   |   By AJNT246

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Always quick to update and reliable.

    Cons

    Not really a con but...
    I am a Computer Science student who writes programs and everytime it pops up saying there is a suspicious program i.e. the code I write for class.

    Summary

    Anyways, Avast is one of the best antivirus software out there. It is the only one that I would highly recommend.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fully Loaded Free Antivirus"

    September 23, 2014   |   By mayankjoshi1979

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Best free to use basic version which can be later upgraded to pro version with tons of more features.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    Should be used once for it has more features to offer in the free version than any other antivirus.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good Anti Virus"

    September 23, 2014   |   By kurianmarattil

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Its a free version

    Cons

    Nothing noticed so far

    Summary

    overall I am satisfied

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  • 5 stars

    "Very beautiful for me"

    September 22, 2014   |   By GamblerZou

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Very beautiful for me

    Cons

    No cons from what I can see.

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  • 1 stars

    "Anti Virus Software that Installs Adware? No thanks!"

    September 22, 2014   |   By Disappointeddownload

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Well, it is free so at least they aren't charging you for the surreptitious adware.

    Cons

    It seems very lame and unethical that Avast installs adware on your computer. I highly recommend staying away--I wish I had. CNET should not recommend this.

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  • 5 stars

    "Avast is the fastest and most secure protection I found"

    September 22, 2014   |   By The Big Unit

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Avast monitors everything you do in real time which decreases the load on your computer, eliminates the need to scan your entire system and increases the chance of catching a virus before it has a chance to do any harm. What I mean is that Avast won't slow your computer down like others I've used and it works. It catches everything even if a download is only part way through and it's infected. Furthermore, avast won't pop up every 10 seconds with suspicious content. If Avast says it's a virus, there's a great chance it is.

    Cons

    I can't use it on my iphone. I'm not sure there is a need to, but I've been using Avast for at least 4 years now and have tested 14 other brands of protection without an equal.

    Summary

    I wouldn't trust my machine and my data with any other brand of protection and it's the only scanner I need to have installed on my machine. I do use surfright.nl from time to time on other peoples infected machines but that's because they used another product. I always install Avast, and delete their old protection, before I let them go.

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  • 5 stars

    "Always been kind to me."

    September 21, 2014   |   By emoney82

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Free. Works non stop and easy to use.

    Cons

    Only once I had a problem and I needed a special uninstaller program to remove in order to reinstall.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best anti-virus there is!"

    September 21, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Quickly installs and scans viruses
    Exceptional boot time scan that eliminates many difficult viruses
    Free version works perfectly well

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    I install Avast! on every PC I work on and never hear any issues about viruses again (or until they stop updating)
    I've been using Avast! for many years myself and have yet to be infected even once
    The Interface is great and the program itself is very non-intrusive on the desktop, even sporting a silent mode for gaming if the user would like
    I'll definitely be using Avast as long as I can

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  • 5 stars

    "You really do not have to be worried for virus anymore"

    September 21, 2014   |   By AbdulRButt

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    who ever uses it definitely refer and recommend to others and thats how the family grows

    Cons

    There cannot be a perfect service or should I say a complete service, there is a door for improvement and innovation always. I have never used their paid services that's why I cannot say much about them, but the FREE version works best for me and my family

    Summary

    Thank you for keep us safe from infection of deadly viruses :D

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent freeware!"

    September 21, 2014

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Everything about it :)

    Cons

    Don't like the advertisements of disk errors etc...

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