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Avast Free Antivirus 2016

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Latest version:
2016.11.1.2245 18/12/15
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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
  • Windows 10

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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

Avast Free Antivirus 2016

World-trusted protection for your home, phone, or business. Avast Free Antivirus 2016, rated as ‘excellent’ by PC Magazine’s editors in a best of its category comparison, offers the best antivirus and anti-malware available, along with features you’re most likely to need, but would rather not think about - like one-click system checks, and unwanted toolbar removal. The first ever free home network scanner now detects 12 more types of router vulnerabilities, and a new password manager feature means your antivirus can now save, and encrypt, all your passwords.


New! Avast Passwords

Change bad habits like storing passwords on your browser, or reusing the same password. Avast’s new password manager creates unique, unbreakable passwords for all your accounts - yet only asks you to remember one.

Improved! Home Network Security

Even better protection, for everything on your home network. Avast 2016 detects 12 more types of router vulnerabilities so you can keep your printers, network drives and routers fully secured – in just a click.


Improved! Antivirus and anti-malware

We continue to improve the world’s most-trusted antivirus and anti-malware engines to keep you better protected. Using security updates the size of a text message, we distribute updates several times an hour to keep you completely up-to-date.


Browser Cleanup

Why let anyone track your searches, or change your search provider without your permission? Browser Cleanup gets rid of any bad add-ons and unwanted toolbars, so you can restore the settings you like.


Improved! Secure HTTPS Scanning

Improved WebShield technology allows your Avast to scan all HTTPS sites for malware and threats. And, it whitelists your banking sites and bank certificates too, so that scanning doesn’t slow your access one bit.


Smart Scan technology

An all-in-one scan, all in one go. Check your computer’s operating status, make sure there are no network threats, malware or viruses, and search for outdated software in just one click. It’s the easiest way to stay safe.

Innovation is Our Business

With more than 25 years of innovation, we’re the most-trusted security in the world, protecting more PCs, Macs, and Androids than anyone else.


Core Protective Features and Technologies

New Features and Technologies

New features: Avast Passwords, redesigned user interface; Home Network Security, HTTPS scanning.

Improvements: Anti-malware protection, home network security.

"Avast has corrupted Windows 8 files during OS update. No trust anymore"

Avast has corrupted some of my Windows 8 files during Windows update process. As a result Windows started to show registration request watermark and I obviously couldn't register an already registered copy. I am professional systems administrator and had to spent 3 days to try all possible ways to fix it and had to re-install the OS at the end. As a result I've switched to native Windows Defender. I believe its protection is a bit lower then the avast's one (while Avast itself doesn't find some viruses Avira does) but I choose stability and integrity over extra 5-10% of protection. It's a first time Avast did that to me after 5 years of usage but it's a critical case so bye-bye Avast.

  • decent though not perfect protection level
  • poor OS integration caused huge trouble, performance could be better
  • Protection could be better - tested Avira and it has found some viruses Avast didn't detect

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