Avast free antivirus 7.0 is the best free antivirus available. The free version lacks firewall, antispam, parental filter and antiphising. For a free antivirus it has a lot of features. Its malware detection and removal capabilities are good. Its system repair feature is not that good. The slowing of computer because of avast is low and acceptable.
The program’s new interface is clean and simple. Your system status is just a click away, and the real-time shields you get with this free edition – File System, Mail, Web filtering, P2P and Instant Message scanning, Network checks, Scripts and Behavioural Monitoring – can also be checked and reconfigured (if appropriate) in a moment.
Avast! 7 introduces new cloud-based services, too. Reputation Services connect to the cloud to establish the safety of websites and individual files, while new streaming updates help you stay more quickly protected against the latest threats.
One of the more unusual additions here is a Remote Assistance option, which allows you to connect to and share the desktop of another avast! user.
Hybrid Cloud Technologies
Streaming, real-time virus database updates
Now you get each virus signature sent to you in real-time via connection to the AVAST Virus Lab cloud, rather than needing to wait for a traditional database update. Your database will be continuously updated with latest definitions.
File reputation system
FileRep lets you know whether a file is safe before you open it – determined in part by how many people have the file and how new the file is. The technology is also used internally, to help the scanning engine make more intelligent decisions.
New Protective Features
Suspicious programs are now automatically placed inside the avast! Sandbox. When the program finishes, a comprehensive report is generated and, based on the program’s behavior, you are given a recommendation on how to treat it in the future.
Enabled by a single click of the mouse, it allows you to completely isolate the browser from the rest of the system – even if the browser gets hijacked, your system stays clean.
The version 7 WebRep browser plugins provide greater protection against phishing sites, including heuristics detection of new phishing sites. Additionally, we have extended browser support to Apple™ Safari™.
avast! Account portal
Your web-based avast! Account portal is your personal directory for all your avast! related data. It allows you to track all your avast! installations, complete with their health data, status information, and useful statistics.
Our new Remote Assistance tool lets you initiate remote support from any ‘geek’ among your friends or family who agrees to help. Initiated by you, it routes through AVAST’s servers, bypasses firewalls, and can be terminated by you at any time. You will never have to ask for help over the phone again.
Easy-to-use user interface
The avast! user interface has been optimized to be more intuitive. Novices will find it easy to use, while experts are still able to customize every aspect of the software to their individual needs.
Your avast! software can now be installed in Compatibility Mode, meaning that it will run perfectly along with your other antivirus software to act as a second line of defense. And even if you install avast! in normal mode, you are given the possibility to install the components you really need.
Windows 8 compatible
avast! 7 runs great on Windows 8 and even has some cool new Windows 8 specific features, such as the Early-Load Antimalware Driver (ELAM), which snaps into the Windows 8 Secure Boot process to provide additional protection against system-level rootkits and bootkits.
Antivirus and anti-spyware engine
Innovative scanning engine protects against viruses, spyware, and other malicious agents.
Real-time anti-rootkit protection
Prevents stealth malware (‘rootkits’) that, when loaded by the computer’s OS, are invisible to ordinary scanners.
Provides website reliability and reputation ratings according to community-provided feedback.
Our technology uses a global network of sensors to provide us with data taken (anonymously) from the actual web-browsing experiences of an opt-in group of avast! users. This info is then used to protect all avast! users with the most up-to-date information on viruses and infected websites.
Because of avast! CommunityIQ, avast! has discovered 251,844 infected websites and protected 33,924,256 people from visiting them in the last 30 days.
Scans your computer for infections before the OS can start to activate any viruses beneath it (now applies to Windows 7 and Windows Vista).
Prompts users to run suspicious applications in the virtual Sandbox environment.
- Windows XP SP2+ 32-bit
- Windows Server 2003, Vista, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) only RTM versions are supported (Windows 7 SP1 RC is currently also supported)
OS not supported:
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP 64-bit (with any SP installed)
- Windows Server 2003 64-bit
Reduces the number of required file scans up to 80% through a white list of safe applications. Files identified as safe are not rescanned unless they change.
Automatically detects full-screen applications and disables pop-ups and other notifications without compromising security.
Leaves a minimal “footprint” due to its efficient and effective technology.
avast! Real-time Shields – a team of 24/7 guards
File System Shield
Real-time scanning of opened/executed files.
Scans all incoming/outgoing email for malware (a special plug-in is used for MS Outlook).
Scans all visited web pages, downloaded files, and java scripts. Thanks to the intelligent stream scanning feature, the Web Shield doesn’t slow your web browsing.
P2P Shield/IM Shield
Checks files downloaded via P2P programs and while using IM or “chat” programs.
Protects against network-based viruses with two main components: a URL blocker for malicious URLs, and a lightweight intrusion-detection system.
Detects malicious scripts hidden in web pages and prevents them from hijacking and potentially damaging your computer.
Stops ‘zero-day’ threats and unknown malware before virus definitions have been obtained.
Supports the 64-bit architecture platforms of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Proactively finds malware undetectable with normal definitions and virus signatures.
Uses dynamic translation (a method much faster than traditional emulation) for both generic unpacking and within the heuristics engine.
Infected files are processed automatically, without requiring user instructions.
Smart virus definition updates
Incremental updating minimizes the size of regular update files.
Fast application of updates
New format for the virus definition file means faster updates and reduces demand on CPU/memory, for uninterrupted computing.
Multi-threaded scanning optimization
Allows the splitting of large files between cores, which accelerates the scanning process on new multi-core CPUs and makes avast! run even faster.
Schedule scanning at night or whenever you don’t need to use your PC.
- INSTALLATION – During installation you can select features, components and language you want to install. You need internet connection to register account and update the avast.
- Avast scans your PC for active viruses before installing.
- For installing free antivirus you need to register online which will give you one year licence. Or else you will be stuck with only one month trial of avast.
- Registering is easy and fast.
- After registering click on “stay with basic protection” .
- This is main interface of Avast.
- You can choose here to stay connected to cloud.
- Avast allows scheduling scanning of your computer at boot time.
- Real time protection provides various shields.
- Sandbox feature protects your computer from suspicious files by running it in a closed environment so that it cannot damage your computer files.
- Browser protection installs addons on each web browser on your computer. If it unable to install addon then click install as shown below.
- With site blocking feature you can block access to any website.
- In setting you can put a password protection so that no one but you can change the settings of avast.
- File exclusion setting can be done so that specified files and folders can be excluded from antivirus scan.
- Silent/game mode setting can be done so that no messages/popups/alerts are displayed when playing games or in fullscreen mode.