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avast! Free Antivirus

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Quick specs
Version:
2014 9.0.2013
Release Date:
20 Jan 2014
License:
Freeware
Operating System:
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Editor's Review
rating

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Avast Free Antivirus is a potent security tool, protecting your desktop free of charge as good as any other paid application, some product testers say that Avast offers a better protection against viruses and malicious software than the expensive products that are currently on the market.

Avast Antivirus has more features than other antiviruses, it is faster and safer, so worry less about your PC getting infected, and take the time off from scanning your registry too often. After you install Avast, it will automatically update your virus definitions so you won’t have any issues with new viruses that can bypass outdated versions of Avast.

 Anti-rootkit protection service is included for sweeping out malicious stealthy software that can’t be detected with an ordinary Anti-rootkit scan.

The scans are very customizable, there are four scanning modes: “Quick Scan”, “Full System Scan”, “Removable Media Scan” and “Select folder to scan”.

Overall, Avast Free Antivirus is one of the most reliable security tools, it has more protection features than many expensive products on the market, some people brag about the scans that are slow but in my opinion they are natural. It has a unique design which is very user-friendly and includes desktop gadgets.

GetNow.com Editors Choice Award

This program has gained an Editors' Choice award from the GetNow editorial staff, making it one of the best software programs in its category.

 

A little known secret: Avast Free Antivirus software performs better in independent testing than its competitors, preventing more viruses than the expensive packages already installed on many computers. AV-Comparatives.org named Avast the fastest program on the market, faster than 20 competitors! Worry less about PC security and spend less time waiting for scans to complete!

Main features The fastest antivirus, anti-spyware engine on the market – Constantly updated with new definitions, Avast scans and eliminates viruses, spyware and other dangerous programs with ease.

Ever-vigilant “anti-rootkit” protection This innovative feature stops stealthy malware dead in its tracks! Most other scanners cannot detect rootkits, but Avast prevents them from slowing down your operating system before they start.

Avast WebRep and Community IQ A new community feature, Webrep, contains ratings shared by other Avast users. Community IQ employs a worldwide network of viral sensors that detect problems encountered by other Avast users, to prevent the spread of viruses with the most up to date information available.

To contribute to CommunityIQ, the user must opt in, so no worries about privacy concerns. The more contributors join the service, the faster it will be able to react to threats. For example, over the last 30 days alone, CommunityIQ blocked 2,379 infected websites and protected 24,339,312 users from visiting them.

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