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Software Product Description

avast! Free Antivirus is a free complete ICSA certified antivirus software for home noncommercial use. avast! obtained VB100% awards in 2002/4 Virus Bulletin comparative reviews under Windows.

avast! Free Antivirus includes the following components:

  • On Demand Scanner - with Skinnable Simple Interface - just select what do you want to scan in which way and press the Play button.
  • On Access Scanner - resident scanning of all files being opened, read and written and behavior blocker monitoring dangerous actions of viruses.
  • E-mail scanner easily integrates with most mail clients and it checks both incoming and outgoing mails, it provides heuristic analysis of mail content to protect against new Worms.
  • Network Shield - scans traffic for malicious content - lightweight Firewall.
  • Resident protection for IM programs (e.g. MSN Messenger, ICQ) and P2P programs (e.g. Kazaa, DirectConnect).
  • Boot Time Scanner - scans disks in the same way and in the same time as Windows CHKDSK does (on NT/2000/XP only).
  • Explorer Scanner - right click on the object allows you to scan it.
  • Screen Saver Scanner - scans PC during your coffee breaks.
  • Virus Chest - safety isolated folder to store infected, suspicious and even some system files - to restore them.
True incremental updates of size under 100 KB are available at least twice a week and within couple of hours in the case of emergency of new virus. avast! automatically checks for new updates - downloads, installs and loads them without restart or logoff. Program upgrades are available time to time, they are incremental too (about 300 KB).

avast! Free Antivirus is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japaneese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and other languages - check to download avast! in your language.

Note: FREE registration is required after 30 days. A FREE license key is easily obtained from the convenient registration form within the program interface.

FreewareFiles Clean Award FreewareFiles tested avast! Free Antivirus 10.2.2214 on 2015-03-03 using leading antivirus scanners and found it 100% Clean.

User Reviews

Reviewer: -dominosdad    Review Date: 2014-03-25
Average Rating (7348 Votes )
Pros:  As far as I can tell it is working well on three of my 4 pcs, usually without any noticeable overhead.

Cons:  On just one of my 4 PCs (a Win 7 64bit one)there have been considerable problems. Main ones are that it fails to update, saying it can't reach the server, and it seems to slow the system down to a crawl each time a browser window is opened.

Other Thoughts:  There seems to be very poor diagnostics - it gives no clue why it can't connect to the update server, or what's happening when it's slowing the system down. Since this isn't a general system load I assume that something is being done, but have no idea what.
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