avast! 4 Home Edition


License: Freeware
Downloads: 202
Op. System: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinVista, WinVista x64, WinXP
Last updated: 01-19-2010
File size: 61.23 MB
Publisher: ALWIL Software
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Editor's review avast! 4 Home Edition

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avast! 4 Home Editions a light weight, feature-each Antivirus package, proofed by ICSA and was also awarded with a prize by the Secure Computing Magazine. This is free Antivirus- Software for no commercial use, to be used though mainly at home. 'avast! 4 Home Edition shows a trendy user interface comparable to the style of the Media Player and it Antivirus- Kernel but with a higher performance and extremely good detection features. The users profit a lot from it?s built in features to detect virus which can be hidden on NTFS - drives, viruses, which expand among users and even Trojans. It?s paramount unpack support is another advantage. In fact it can scan in nearly all popular file formats. Additionally avast! 4 Home Edition supports a number of executable packing programs (PKLite, Diet, UPX, ASPack, PeShield, FSG, MEW and so on). It?s efficient memory- resident module is able to recognize a virus before it will infect your Computer. Another interesting feature of this software is the Virus Chest, a save, isolated file for storing infected, suspicions or even file- systems to restore it later on. You can even work with these files in the Chest, even though it is labeled with some security limitations. The installation of avast! 4 Home Edition is done in two minutes time, in spite of the fact that you will be asked to reboot your system to install all it?s features. Be prepared when you start your computer next time after having installed the software to a slower start, because it will scan all your files. Pros avast! 4 Home Edition is a user- friendly software It?s simple 'On Demand Scanner'-user interface makes it easy to choose the files which have to be scanned, the scan can be started simply activating the plat button. avast! 4 Home Edition offers also an 'On-Access Scanner' protection for popular e mail clients as also for over 30 different types of popular IM (Instant- Messaging) and P2P (peer-to- peer) programs, wherein it?s Screen Saver Scanner scans your computer during the coffee breaks, it?s web shield supervises and filters al entering HTTP- data traffic, hence offering effective countermeasures against Malware, Adware, Spyware and Dialer. The Web Shield functions as a transparent HTTP- proxy and is compatible with all the better knowing Web Browsers as for example MS Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla and Opera. Cons At odd times the performance of avast does not reach it?s promoted features. It shows bad results with heuristic text (e-mail scans), a part of that the program is slow. It seems that there are existing bolt- holes. Also I would like to see a reduction in time that needs the Antivirus - package to check the files on my PC. Summary This highly recommended Antivirus- program is worth a try. It profits from the build in automatic Online- Updates which are downloaded fast, without an irritating system reboot. If your internet connection is stable this updates are executed automatically - means without prompts- and at fixed time intervals. If you have a current virus database this is a clever way to protect your computer.

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