avast! Free Antivirus

avast! Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26521 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.418
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 12, 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 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

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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

    4.4

    out of 233 votes

    • 5 star 147
    • 4 star 59
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 12
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    out of 26521 votes

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    • 4 star 4793
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 484
    • 1 star 1069
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4 stars

"Very Slick"

March 14, 2010  |  By Buskieboy

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

New look and very much easier to work with and understand.

Cons

Nothing yet.

Summary

Not a bad virus protection app for free! Very professional look and feel.

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5 stars

"It works and is free"

March 13, 2010  |  By Jig-

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

Have yet to get a virus with this program and have used AVAST for over two years.

Cons

Updates a lot .

Summary

Works and seems to very light compared to Norton.

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4 stars

"Step Up from last version"

March 12, 2010  |  By AliGunners

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

Sleek Interface
Simple to use
Not Dull like previous version
Better choice of colours

Cons

Sometimes takes a bit too much resources(VERY VERY RARELY)
Virus Scanning a bit slow

Summary

If you want protection, then this is the software for you. Of course softwares such as Kaspersky, McAfee etc are in a different league but this is great as well.

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5 stars

"easy to use"

March 10, 2010  |  By SHIRLEYALICE54

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

easy to install, easy to understand and it doesn't use much space when running

Cons

the first time had to uninstall the previous version before installing the new version other wise it was fine

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4 stars

"Great antivirus program, deceptive freeware advertising"

March 09, 2010  |  By tbryson92110

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

Great anti-virus program, I love it!!, but deceptive freeware advertising, actually 80% is "try before you buy"

Cons

Great anti-virus program, I love it!!, but deceptive freeware advertising, actually 80% is "try before you buy"

Summary

Great anti-virus program, I love it!!, but deceptive freeware advertising, actually 80% is "try before you buy"

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4 stars

"very effective for a free av suite"

March 09, 2010  |  By mathisona

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

scans boot sectors pre-windows

Cons

a bit bulky

Summary

I would recommend

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5 stars

"is a excellent Antivirus!!!"

March 09, 2010  |  By thetrueangel

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

Es rapido, liviano, una excelente opcion para gente con muchos priocesos

Cons

nada en absoluto, todo me gusta

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5 stars

"Does what it's supposed to do. no more. no less."

March 09, 2010  |  By sf_kevin

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

Works quietly, does the job, isn't a resource hog, and is FREE. Lots of improvements over v.4.x, including easier registration (no more email keys being mailed).

Cons

No cons on this product.

Summary

Somebody please explain to me why you'd spend upwards of $100/year to keep a PC free from the bad stuff - when there's this lovely, FREE product out there that does exactly the same thing?

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5 stars

"excellant, easy to use, download and update"

March 08, 2010  |  By jclkmm

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

updates in background without interfering with other tasks

Cons

I haven't found any cons yet.

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5 stars

"Consistently reliable, updated daily, Avast is superb !"

March 08, 2010  |  By donmonty

 |  Version: avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418

Pros

It's automatic: when your computer goes on, Avast goes to work. Also, updating is quick and automatic. I like being informed of the updates when they occur.

Cons

There's nothing I don't like about Avast. I feel it's the best antivirus software available.

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Full Specifications

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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
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date February 12, 2010
Date Added February 12, 2010
Version 5.0.418
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows XP, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 2000
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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