Avast Free Antivirus is a complete anti-virus package that offers full protection. Your PC, Mac or Android device is continuously protected against viruses, spyware and rootkits. In addition, Avast also has a separate mail scanner, behavior shield and a web shield for when you are surfing. Avast Free is a great anti-virus program, but more and more unnecessary extras are being offered.
Avast Free Antivirus is one of the most complete free virus scanners with extensive options and free automatic updates. The free version offers protection against all types of malware: viruses, rootkits, Trojans and spyware.
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Avast has a file system shield, mail shield, behavior shield (which also protects against ransomware) and web shield to protect your PC when you mail - incoming and outgoing mail is scanned - or on the internet. Virus protection includes a reputation service and CyberCapture technology to review files via the cloud and a hardened mode for extra protection.
Avast Free Antivirus also has a browser extension, called Online Security, for the protection of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox. With Avast Online Security, phishing is prevented and certain advertisements and trackers of social networks and advertising companies can be blocked. Furthermore, ansoftware updaterto keep important software on your PC up-to-date andbrowser cleanuptool for removing unwanted toolbars are present. There is also Avast Secure Browser for internet banking, WiFi Inspector to test your home network for vulnerabilities, a Rescue Disk and various paid components.
These are all extra parts that we believe are optional. For less experienced users it may be useful, but not really for advanced users. Therefore read:
Installation instructions and recommended settings for Avast Free Antivirus 17 and 18: no unnecessary extras and pay attention to your privacy!
A free activation is required after thirty days. You can upgrade to the paid Pro version, but the free Avast Free Antivirus offers more than enough protection for the average PC user. Read our instructions for activating the free version of Avast here
Following the example of other anti-virus producers, the Czech Avast Software has also released a free anti-virus app for Android. Avast Mobile Security offers protection against malware, has a web shield for while surfing the internet, has a firewall and has an anti-theft function that allows you to sound a siren if your phone is stolen, delete all data remotely and the device can locate.
Furthermore, Avast Mobile Security has an SMS and call filter, an app manager to stop memory-consuming apps and a privacy advisor. Avast also offers protection against harmful websites if you surf with the standard Android browser.
You can free download Avast Free Antivirus and safe install the latest trial or new full version for Windows 10 (x32, 64 bit, 86) from the official site.
Devices: Desktop PC, Laptop (ASUS, HP, DELL, Acer, Lenovo, MSI), Ultrabook
OS: Professional, Enterprise, Education, Home Edition, versions: 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809