avast! Free Antivirus 7 is the latest version of the world’s most popular free antivirus product. It is completely free for personal and non-commercial use, and has over 150 million users.
Avast! is popular for many reasons: it provides much more than basic protection. In independent lab tests it often outperforms competing paid-for antivirus suites. Referrals from satisfied avast! users have increased the number of the “free” users.
Beyond essential features like transparent background scanning and automatic updates, avast! Free Antivirus version 7 offers features other security software companies make you buy:
- File-reputation warnings and real-time updates powered by hybrid cloud technology
- Remote assistance so you get help from a friend
- Web-based management portal
According to the CEO of AVAST Software:
“avast! Free Antivirus is our flagship product. This means that for every new generation of avast!, we provide more features in the free product than we had in the previous premium versions… avast! 7 is no exception to this rule.” (Vince Steckler, CEO of AVAST Software)
CNET’s Download.com awarded avast! Free Antivirus with its Editors’ Choice award for top free security in 2012.
“avast! Free’s feature set is by far the best out there in a free suite… We’ve got three key reasons for enthusiastically recommending avast! Free Antivirus 2012 as an Editors’ Choice for free security suite.” (Seth Rosenblatt, senior editor CNET Download.com)
- avast! Free Antivirus has advanced tools like FileRep and AutoSandbox
- avast! Free Antivirus is very good at protecting you – It does its job!
- avast! Free Antivirus protects you without slowing you down.
New features in new avast! Free Antivirus 7
Hybrid Cloud Technologies
Streaming, Real-Time Virus Database Updates – With the ever-changing threat landscape on the Internet, you don’t want wait for a traditional database updates for your virus definitions. Avast’s new virus signatures are sent to you in real-time via the AVAST Virus Lab cloud. Your avast! 7 Free Antivirus will be continuously updated with the latest definitions.
File Reputation System – The new FileRep feature 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. FileRep sorts new, possibly malicious files from recognized safe files. Avast has millions of executable files cataloged in the cloud-based database, and the goal of FileRep is to categorize all files on the web. Avast’s CommunityIQ sensor network helps your system know which questionable files should be placed in the AutoSandbox.
New Protective Features
Improved! Autosandbox - 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.
Webrep – The version 7 WebRep browser plugins provide greater protection against phishing sites, including heuristics detection of new phishing sites. It can also detect fake/ planted SSL certificates, preventing man-in-the-middle attacks against https sites. Browser support has been extended to Apple™ Safari™.
Avast Management Portal – The 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. And it’s multiplatform, allowing you to manage you avast! installations on both Windows and Mac computers, as well as Android devices. “With the avast! Account, we’ve made a one-place setting for the family IT geek to take care of their family’s security needs,” stated Mr. Ondrej Vlcek, CTO of AVAST Software. Account users can see information on the avast! installed in each listed computer, its operational status, and the health of each individual machine.
Remote Assistance – A new Remote Assistance tool lets you initiate remote support from any ‘geek’ among your friends or family who is also an AVAST user. Once you initiate the session, it is carried through AVAST’s servers, enabling it to bypass firewalls. You can terminate the session any time. You’ll never have to ask for help through email or the telephone again.
New Customizable Installation – 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 just the components you really need.
Of course avast! Free Antivirus 7 includes all the protection that has made it #1 with users worldwide.
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.
Boot-Time Scanner – Scans your computer for infections before the OS can start to activate any viruses beneath it (now applies to Windows 7 and Windows Vista).
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avast! Free Antivirus 7 is from AVAST Software, a company that has provided free antivirus protection since 2001. Today AVAST protects over 150 million active and 205 million registered users. Other products include avast! Free Mobile Security for Android, and the premium avast! Internet Security with SafeZoneTM virtualized desktop. With multiple protective shields, avast! performance is certified by VB100, ICSA Labs, and West Coast Labs.
“avast! Free Antivirus is our flagship product. This means that for every new generation of avast!, we provide more features in the free product than we had in the previous premium versions… avast! 7 is no exception to this rule, even though the last product refresh was only a year ago.” (Vince Steckler, CEO of AVAST Software)