avast! Home Edition

avast! Home Edition

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26214 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:
325,973,216
Downloads Last Week:
1,040,821
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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 Versions:

    4.5

    out of 26214 votes

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

    4.5

    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

    "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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