Free, easy to use
If you're looking for an antivirus program that is as good as any paid antivirus
software, but available free to download, then you will find Avast Antivirus Home Edition just what you're looking
I have been a Norton user for many years and have become comfortable with its
stealth-like reliability. But from time to time I like to try new antivirus software to see what's the fuss all
about. As you might find for yourself, no antivirus program is 100% reliable and sometime you will need a different
program to get rid off some nasty or annoying virus. So it's good to check other antivirus software and see what
they offer in terms of protecting your computer.
Avast Antivirus Home Edition
Although I knew there were a lot of free antivirus software out there, I wanted to
be on the safe side and use something tried and true. With the increase of spyware and virus attacks, my computer
was not always spared and there were times I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it. That’s when I thought that
it was time to try something new – and free.
Installation of Avast Antivirus is very easy. Just download the software from the
Avast website, free of charge. The only catch – if you can consider it that – is that it is for personal,
non-commercial use only. The installation process is mostly automatic. You can choose to register it after
installation in order to access free updates for one year. If you do not choose to register it then you can use it
for 60 days free. Since the registration is free as well, there is no reason not to do that.
The Avast's user interface is simple and easy to use. Some people might not find
that it doesn’t suit their taste as it looks something like Winamp – it looks fun, not very serious. However, that
doesn’t take away its functionality. It actually adds to the experience as you can change the skin if you want
Avast Antivirus Shields
It gives you the option to run 7 providers. You can choose which ones you want to
run. I use the following shields: Instant Messaging, Internet Mail, Network Shield, P2P Shield, Standard Shield,
and Web Shield. If you use Outlook then you can opt to use that provider as well.
The above-mentioned shields pretty much cover everything you do on your computer,
providing extensive protection. The Web Shield is by far the latest impressive addition to this release. It
monitors all internet traffic including spyware. It is also compatible with most internet browsers. If you are
worried about the effect on speed, your worries are unfounded.
Avast Loading Time
A drawback of this software is that it takes too much time to load up when you
first turn your computer on. It may take several minutes. In the meantime, it would be difficult for you to run
I think that is a minor inconvenience you can put up with. For something that is
free and works effectively, I wouldn’t mind waiting for a couple of minutes.
However, there's an added benefit here. Avast Antivirus can check your computer
files prior to loading up Windows, or whatever operating system you use on your computer. This antivirus check is
done safely in blue screen mode, before any other files are loaded. That way, Avast can easily and safely remove
any viruses that might have infected your files.
Overall, apart from the slow loading up time, if you're looking for a free
antivirus software, you will find Avast Antivirus Home Edition good protector of your computer.
Tips - When choosing antivirus software
for your new or old computer, there are some basics that you should know before you decide on
what antivirus program to download and install on your computer
Computer Virus Prevention - Simple and
practical steps will help you protect your computer against viruses by preventing your system from
being infected by a virus.
Computer Virus Protection - What is a computer virus
and how to best protect your computer system from viruses and other online
Computer Viruses and Worms - While many computer viruses are just
designed to annoy us, some can cause serious computer damage. This particularly applies to worms, which
are usually amongst most destructive viruses. See the list of more destructive worms and trojans, and
what they can do to your computer.
Fighting Computer Viruses - Antivirus programs generally keep pace
with current virus threats. But instead of only relying on those programs doing their job, take some
simple steps to protect your computer and avoid getting infected by a virus.
Antivirus Program - One of the best free antivirus programs is Avast Antivirus. If
you're not already familiar with this program, read our review of this easy to use antivirus program
and how to use it.
Norton Antivirus Program - Who hasn't yeat heard of Symantec's
Norton Antivirus!? One of the most reliable, paid antivirus programs is easy to use and provides a good
all-round protection for your computer.
Horse - Even if you're an occasional computer user, no doubt you know about trojan
horses and the threat they can pose to your computer. Often masquerading as a harmless application,
trojan horse can be a destructive program.
Zone Alarm - One of the
internet security programs that should be on your computer as part of online protection.
Available both in free and paid version, Zone Alarm monitors your online traffic and acts as a
firewall, to protect your computer against malware threats.