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Avast 4 Home Edition

Avast 4 Home Edition 4.6
ALWIL Software
www.avast.com
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Avast Antivirus is one of the most feature rich among the free antivirus software. Avast monitors and protects many important, but often overlooked, virus entry points such as web traffic, mail, peer-to-peer programs and instant messengers. This free software is easily configurable and provides many nice extras like antivirus screensaver (runs virus scan when the regular screensaver is active) and Outlook Express archive unpacker (scans within Outlook Express archive files).

Features:
  • Real-time protection,
  • On-demand scanner,
  • Web Shield - real-time protection of all HTTP traffic coming from the Web,
  • E-mail real-time protection  (any SMTP/POP3/IMAP4  e-mail client),
  • P2P (Kazza, BitTorrent), IM (ICQ, Miranda) and NNTP (newsgroups) real-time protection,
  • Auto updater (virus definitions and program),
  • Log and log viewer,
  • "Virus Chest"  for quarantining infected files,
  • Boot Time Scanner - scans disks in the same time as Windows CHKDSK does,
  • Antivirus screensaver,
  • Various appearances - skin support.

License:
Free for home, non-commercial use. You will need to register and obtain your free license key by e-mail after the registration. The license key is valid for one year. After that you will need to re-register to obtain a new license key.
Support: Yes - e-mail support, support forum.
Platforms: Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP
Virus definition update file size: about 2M

Pros:
  • very feature rich,
  • regular updates,
  • multiple languages,
  • selectable skins,
  • good detection rates.

Cons:

  • scanner interface looks like media player (some users may not find it easy to use),
  • requires registration.


Overall rating: 5/5


Screenshots (click to enlarge):

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main window
tray menu
tray menu
config window 1
config window 2


 




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