avast! Home Edition

avast! Home Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26519 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8.1229.80923
  • Total Downloads:
    333,735,609
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 24, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,155,403
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • 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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    out of 26519 votes

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    • 2 star 484
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5 stars

"Very Good Program"

March 28, 2009  |  By kd6dm

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

Pros

Was using AVG for years, but lately it has become somewhat bloated and intrusive, not to mention the frequent failure to update. Avast! has a smaller footprint, runs when the screensaver comes on, and found a couple of Trojans that AVG missed.

Cons

Necessity to renew license annually.

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5 stars

"It is excellent tool to protect your computer."

March 06, 2009  |  By sureshdatt

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

Pros

Updation of the package with new virus database, everytime you login to Net. Besides it is free for home users.

Cons

Reregistration after every 14 months. Once a member continues to use it for 2 terms, he should be permanently registered

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4 stars

"understandable and safe antivirus"

March 05, 2009  |  By botanical3

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

Pros

Free and has good protection for my computer

Cons

Desn't know good sites from bad especially sites that I trust

Summary

it has a good blocking system. It is free and esay to use and follow.

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5 stars

"Easy to use"

February 18, 2009  |  By lajuanadorris

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

Pros

I really like the voice announcement when it updates and the fact I don't have to do anything for the update.

Cons

Couldn't find any cons.

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5 stars

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February 16, 2009  |  By riyad2020

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

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4 stars

"An antivirus program that does what it's supposed to"

February 16, 2009  |  By MaxwellSmart27536

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

Pros

I really like the verbal alerts and it has not missed an update since it was installed, I also like the programs ability to scan "Lime Wire" files.

Cons

I don't like the programs inability to schedule regular scans of my computer. The scanning interface is a little clumsy to get used to, but it does the job.

Summary

While this program could utilize some additional tweaks, especially in the scheduling area, as well as the interface that is used to do it's job, it is heads above my previous anti-virus program AVG, which had given me many problems since their last update.

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5 stars

"Excellent Product"

February 16, 2009  |  By JeanneTherese

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

Pros

Easy to run....Alot of help in catching viruses.

Cons

difficult in the begining to run but after was great. Had AVG and Comodore before they became difficult and stopped many my programs to stop running. Had uninstall / reinstall them to get computer up and running again. So far so good with Avast.

Summary

Too early to justly give them total credit..just downloaded 2 weeks ago, Will let you know in about anoher month. :)

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1 stars

"slow and slower"

February 15, 2009  |  By douglas247

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

Pros

starts out looking good but thats it

Cons

slow and tabs can't be opened auto after clickinng on link.

Summary

much better and faster- even the world browser is better

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5 stars

"As good and reliable as anything I've seen or used"

February 15, 2009  |  By Billgreeves

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

Pros

Timeliness

Cons

nothing to report

Summary

functions very well.

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5 stars

"i like that it always is on and working"

February 14, 2009  |  By 1stgrade4ever

 |  Version: avast! Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923

Pros

don't know what to say

Cons

dohn't know what to say

Summary

don't knwo what to say

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.8.1229.80923
Version 4.8.1229.80923 improves detection of Trojans, backdoors and rootkits.
General
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
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 95, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows, 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
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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