Avast Antivirus Program
Free, easy to use
Avast Internet Security
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 Internet Security program comes in both free to download version
features) and paid version with a comprehensive protection. (Image from
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 program 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.