Download Avast Free 5 Antivirus Full Version
If you are looking for an antivirus suite that you can download and use for free, Avast Free 5 (formerly known as Avast Home Edition) is definitely an antivirus you should download and try for yourself. Read on to get more info about Avast Free 5, or skip to the download link below to get it now, 100% free.
Avast Free 5 uses multiple engines (or layers) to protect your computer against viruses, spyware and other threats with an additional heuristic engine. This way, you make sure each file’s behavior is closely observed and appropriate action taken when unusual actions detected.
Despite the fact that Avast Free 5 is a free Antivirus (thus the name), this antivirus does not take half steps when it comes to protecting your computer. In fact, features such as instant messaging and p2p protection, Web shields and the game mode are often available only in commercial (and sometimes quite expensive) alternatives.
The intelligent scanner is a new feature that should definitely be noted: once the user establishes a starting point, the Avast Home Edition will only examine changed or new files. However, it is my personal recommendation that you use this feature with caution.
The new user interface takes a step towards functionality: it is not necessarily ugly, but it is not as “pretty” as the skinnable UI in Avast Free 5. It is however easier to navigate through (especially if you are not an experienced user).
If you choose to go for the paid upgrade, you will get antispam and anti-script shields, as well as a firewall and a test sandbox, so the paid version is not bad either, but we will talk more later about that.
Overall, Avast Free 5 is my personal recommendation when it comes to free Antivirus software, although AVG 9 Antivirus is not such a bad software neither. However, if you are looking into commercial software, you might as well go for one of the top guns, where Kaspersky Internet Security 2010, ESET’s NOD32 and Norton Antivirus 2010 seem to be your best alternatives.
What’s new in Avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418 Final:
Improved stability of Behavior Shield.
Improved reliability which reduces BSODs.
· The main goal of this new version is to improve stability of the Behavior Shield and Firewall components. It would be great if it could be tested especially by those who have had problems with the previous betas (e.g. bsods etc).