avast! Home Edition

avast! Home Edition

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  • Date Added:
    September 24, 2008
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  • Operating Systems:
    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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  • 2 stars

    "Protects too much."

    October 22, 2014   |   By fraterphoenix

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206


    None. Sorry about that. Just about all 3rd party security software is just too much for everyday use online or off.


    I have recently found out that 3rd party security software is too much for the average user. Gamers and even other software can be blocked to some degree if not completely by these type software. Unless you are a spy working for the government, I see no real reason to use 3rd party security software (free or otherwise). M.S. Essentials is enough.

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    "Does a good job without much fuss or system resources"

    October 21, 2014   |   By AussiePete

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206


    Simple to use when you get used to it the interface.
    Uses little resources compared to some other virus programs.


    Takes a while to find your way around the modern style settings and interface. I prefer a "classic" type user interface.

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    Full Specifications

    What's new in version 4.8.1229.80923
    Version 4.8.1229.80923 improves detection of Trojans, backdoors and rootkits.
    Publisher AVAST Software
    Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
    Release Date September 24, 2008
    Date Added September 24, 2008
    Version 4.8.1229.80923
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Antivirus Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 98
    Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
    Download Information
    File Size 4.77MB
    File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
    Total Downloads 330,470,041
    Downloads Last Week 991,546
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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