avast! Home Edition


License: Freeware
Downloads: 17
Op. System: Win95,Win98,WinME,WinNT 4.x,WinXP,Windows2000
Last updated: 01-15-2003
File size: 5.99 MB
Publisher: ALWIL Software
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Publisher description for avast! Home Edition

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avast! 4 Home Edition is a free complete ICSA certified antivirus package for home noncommercial use. avast! obtained VB100% award in June 2002 Virus Bulletin comparative review under Windows XP Pro and in Novembe r 2002 issue under Windows 2000 Advanced Server. avast! Home Edition 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 A ccess 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 pr ovides heuristic analysis of mail content to protect against new Worms. 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 enables you t o scan it. Screen Saver Scanner - integrates with your Screen Saver to scan PC during your coffee breaks. Virus Chest - safety isolated folder to store infected, suspicious and even some system files - to restore them. Our true incre mental updates are based on iAVS technology and they are available for virus definition file update and for program upgrade. You can download and install updates by simple clicking on the iAVS icon, it can be checked and done automatically when you are On-line. The update files 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. They are automatically downloaded, installed and loaded to avast! without restart or logoff. Pro gram upgrades are available to incorporate new features time to time, they are incremental too (about 300 KB). You will download a 60 days fully functional demo. You will obtain the free license key by E-mail after the registration. Download, install, try, register, update and relax!

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Visitor: Malcolm Simpson
Avast is a FREE antivirus download. It beats every other antivirus I have ever used as it is very simple to use and updates itself regularly also for free. It picks up any infection within a system and also scans p2p files and email without any fuss. I cannnot speak highly enough of avast antivirus, I strongly recommend you try it out before spending money on an inferior product.
General rate: Positive
Visitor: UntouchableOne
I started having problems with AVG Free Edition updating for me, so I downloaded Avast Home Free Edition. It found some false virus's that I later determined on their website forums that were from Panda Antivirus scanner. It also indicated I had a Win95:SK virus, which is very serious from what I have read. However in reading their forum, I am not so certain I actually have that one either. I always loved AVG and it never failed me before now...always catching things others, including Norton and McAfee missed. The main thing I don't like about Avast, is that you have to get the PAY version, for it to automatically take care of the virus. In the free version, it stops when it locates something and waits until you tell it whether to heal it or put it in the Virus Chest. You also cannot schedule it to run automatically in the free version. AVG does this in it's free version. There are some other things in the free Avast that I don't think AVG offers. It DOES seem to scan EVERYTHING and more! It does automatically update, even more than once a day! And it "tells" you, in voice, that it has updated. The advanced user interface is not available in the free edition,even tho they imply it is. I am going to run it for a while and see how it goes. If it becomes too much of a hassle, I will try to reinstall AVG.
General rate: Positive
Visitor: Gertjan
Installed without trouble on two different Windows XP machines. Found three infected files on the first and about a thousand on the second (this was the kids machine). Used PANDA (www.panda.com) tool to cleanup the infected files (mostly Win32:Parite virus)
General rate: Positive
Visitor: tertullian
I tried it on Windows 2000 Pro (SP4). Before installation, my computer did not crash. But after the installation, it crashed. It conflicts with Diskeeper 7. So I went back to my good old AVG 6.0 Free Edition (www.grisoft.com), and it was fine. However, other users may find it very good. As for me, AVG 6.0 Free Edition has never failed me. I am happy with AVG 6.0
General rate: Negative