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Avast Free Antivirus 2016

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Latest version:
2016.11.1.2241 03/11/15
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4.8 MB

Avast Free Antivirus 2016 is fully compatible with:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1

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One of the best antiviruses for Windows

Alan Le Bihan

Review last updated: 03/11/15

  • Versatile antivirus
  • Accessible and user friendly interface
  • Several tools and settings
  • Excellent detection of threats
  • The new Smart Scan feature
  • High memory consumption

The latest version of avast! antivirus kernel features outstanding detection abilities, together with high performance. You can expect 100% detection of In-the-Wild viruses (viruses already spreading between users) and excellent detection of Trojan horses.

The avast! engine also features outstanding unpacking support. It can scan inside the following archives: ARJ, ZIP, MIME (+ all associated formats), MAPI (Outlook pst files), DBX (Outlook Express archives), RAR, TAR, GZIP, CAB, BZIP2, ZOO, ACE, ARC, LHA/LHX, TNEF (winmail.dat), CPIO, CHM, RPM, ISO, 7ZIP and SIS. It also supports a number of executable packers (such as PKLite, Diet, UPX, ASPack, PeShield, FSG, MEW etc.).

Resident protection (the real-time protection of the operating system), is one of the most important parts of an antivirus program today. avast! features a powerful resident module that is able to detect a virus before it has any chance to infect your computer. avast! Home Edition contains resident protection of the computer file system and a resident module for e-mails and news.

Avast features a module for the protection of IM (Instant Messaging, "chat") programs, and a module for the protection of P2P (peer-to-peer) programs. The list of supported IM and P2P programs is extensive with more than 30 programs currently supported.

"Bloatware and extremely hard to turn on PUP/Adware/Browser HiJackers detect"

Lots of weird issues -- breaks downloads sometimes (even when there is no virus), by default it doesn't detect PUP/Adware/Broswer Hijackers (had to clean way too many computers full of spyware/hijacking programs despite Avast saying all is good)... way too much garbage is being added to this once very amazing program. I'm looking for alternatives...

  • Easy to install
  • Runs smooth, not very intrusive
  • PUP is turned off by default on all shields
  • Too much bloat/added garbage

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29 Nov 2014

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