avast! Home Edition

avast! Home Edition

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26112 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.8.1229.80923
File Size:
4.64MB
Date Added:
September 24, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
316,898,962
Downloads Last Week:
869,959
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' review

This impressive software provides the same steadfast protection of well-known antivirus programs, yet it's surprisingly free.

Avast Home Edition guards your PC and the network with multiple shields that scan executables and files. You can select parameters for scanning, and even choose wildcards to exclude specific file types. You can adjust the sensitivity level for the program's detectors when it comes to scanning downloaded files, instant messages, e-mails, and a host of P2Ps. Its efficient interface opens up window after window to tweak its settings to your liking, for novice to advanced level protection.

Though it took quite some time to run, we're impressed with this application's boot-time antivirus scan. Fortunately, if you're in a pinch you can bypass it. If malicious contents are detected, Avast comes to the rescue with handy virus cleanup tools. Some decent PC controls are even handed out here. You can block certain URLs and file operations, such as writing to files or even renaming, deleting or formatting them.

With immediate real-time protection, clockwork updates, and much more, this free software is highly regarded in our book.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26112 votes

    • 5 star: 19033
    • 4 star: 4734
    • 3 star: 816
    • 2 star: 476
    • 1 star: 1053
  • Current Version:

    4.5

    out of 1125 votes

    • 5 star: 758
    • 4 star: 264
    • 3 star: 42
    • 2 star: 18
    • 1 star: 43
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  • 5 stars

    "There is none better!"

    August 26, 2014   |   By layanaicy

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Runs lite, keeps me safe.

    Cons

    None. Does all I need it to do.

    Summary

    I have been using for 7 years. Whenever I get a new computer, I do try the free trials that come with them for various virus protection programs....can never go all the way till he end of the trial though. I can't wait to get it out and get Avast in! Also, Avast's VPN service is very good!

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  • 4 stars

    "Good antivirus, but nags for paid version & add-ons"

    August 26, 2014   |   By CatherineMcClarey

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Has worked reliably for all of my family's computers for several years; plays nice with some other utility software (f.ex. Malwarebytes, Advanced System Care); Avast forums a more reliable troubleshooting resource than Googling error messages.

    Cons

    Nags for paid version and for some add-ons (f.ex. GrimeFighter); Software Updater doesn't always detect recently-installed new versions of other utility software (and nags for its paid version); must tweak default settings to avoid having boot-time scan start immediately (and to allow it to automatically delete infected/defective files instead of waiting to ask user's permission)

    Summary

    Still a good, solid free antivirus program -- if you can live with the nags and remember to modify default settings to what's convenient for you. Otherwise, you might be better advised to compare the paid version of this against other paid antivirus/security software programs.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent product"

    August 26, 2014   |   By sharat2000

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    free, excellent product, it has never let any virus or malaware through.

    Cons

    It has no cons

    Summary

    Excellent Anti-virus.

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  • 5 stars

    "Solid free antivirus product"

    August 26, 2014   |   By slurpje

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    -Easy to use interface at first glance
    -Sophisticated interface and lots of information and possible tweaks when you take your time to look more into it.
    -Not a system resource hog like some others
    -Some interesting extras like a browser plugin and update management of attack-prone 3rd party software.

    Cons

    -Make sure you only install the features you want. Some don't like the browser plugin for example and I have seen installers of Avast with adware placement in them.
    -Mandatory registration for continued use

    Summary

    Reasonably good protection (consistently above average, but not the best) against virii and malware. It has a nag every now and then to entice you to buy the 'Pro' version. I reckon I see them about once a month and whenever you have to upgrade to the next version (which is yearly). But I guess that's part of the 'Free' model. They have to actually get money from somewhere to keep developing this product ;)

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Anti-Virus software!"

    August 25, 2014   |   By Zboarda

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Does a fantastic job, has a rich set of features. Really easy to use.

    Cons

    It does nag you to upgrade to pro and the dialogs can be confusing. Only a few viruses have gone through unnoticed.

    Summary

    Fantastic virus checker! Has been my #1 choice for anti-virus for 7 years! I think I may upgrade to pro at some point.

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  • 5 stars

    "the best antivirus i ever used"

    August 25, 2014   |   By bhalot2004

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    easy and helpful antivirus i used to block spywares

    Cons

    some of my adds-on and software install makes avast blocked it and slowing down

    Summary

    even though it's definitely the best and helpful. i trust avast so much for this i will never change antivirus ever.

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  • 5 stars

    "Reliable and Efficient"

    August 25, 2014   |   By MrMicus

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Simple overlay
    Low Memory Usage
    Daily-Weekly Updates (with voice notification)
    Low Profile Browser protection/prevention

    Cons

    Does not have all the features as in the paid version.

    Summary

    Used Avast for many years since switching from AVG. Had no major virus problems if not any viruses at all. Try out Avast! and you will see the difference.

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  • 4 stars

    "used for many years, does what it says on the tin"

    August 24, 2014   |   By tableman1

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    easy interface, automatically updates every day, not had any problems with viruses etc, it also warns if you have come across a "bad" website or download.

    Would definitely recommend

    Cons

    bit naggy about upgrading to "pro", never had to but now you need to untick or tick boxes on install not to end up with "adware".

    Summary

    useful free utility if you ignore the nagging and adware, well worth downloading and using.

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  • 1 stars

    "Deserves 0 stars"

    August 23, 2014   |   By rtks828

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    ??? I don't know... It was easy to download? It wasn't on my computer very long.

    Cons

    This is bundled with what amounts to adware, "Safeprice". When shopping online a bar pops up at the top of the screen offering other websites and prices for various objects. I did not know that it was included and saw no clear option to reject it when downloading. The only way to turn it off was on the bar itself and then for only 24 hours, and that was unreliable as my continued shopping revealed.

    Summary

    Don't trust this software. The company has gone over to the greedy darkside.

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  • 3 stars

    "Free = Irritating and a bit ****"

    August 23, 2014   |   By slimhorner

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2014 2014.9.0.2021

    Pros

    Protects from some malware

    Cons

    Only protects from some malware. Can't find others like the ones that install search engine homepages on your system when you download software from pages like Cnet.

    Also likes to alert you with pop up messages on an hourly basis. Yes, I get it, it's free. But Jeez, shut the hell up about the full version!

    Summary

    If you want a placebo effect security system, this does the job.

    If you are a bit lazy in checking checkboxes when you download software and don't like to be nagged at from software that acts like a hungry child - avoid.

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