July 4, 2010

Avast Free 5 : A Simple and Effective Antivirus

In this short article, I want to tell you my personal experience when I'm using Avast 5 Free. I've been change my antivirus from AVG Free to Avira Personal due to its huge update file, so when I was trying to download the update manually, ( I didn't have Internet connection back then) it became time consuming. The other reason is it's lack of features.

With Avira Personal, honestly, everything just fine. But, for person who looking for a free antivirus, the most important things for me are the features. What I mean is if there are free antivirus programs which offer me complete features which not less than paid antivirus, I'll definitely choose those.
Avira Personal lacks in several features especially when you're using it with Internet connection. Like AVG Free Edition, Avira Personal lacks in several features especially on Internet proctetions. Indeed, both of them have protection against spyware, malware and AVG Free has LinkScanner Search Shield and LinkScanner Active Surf-Shield but Avast offers more complete features.

First time, when  I read the article about Avast 5 Free, I was interesting in several features such web shield, network shield, P2P shield, etc. Those features usually only found in paid antivirus. Some users gave it a good review, wondering why a free antivirus could gave them complete features like on Avast.

So, I tried it. Indeed, it's size bigger than Avira AntiVir Personal not only when you download it but also when you install it. The update process of the two almost equal, they provide fast update process. The difference, Avast is completely automatic. It really useful and suitable for beginner or novice who feel difficulty to manage their antivirus. Whenever your computer connects to the Internet, Avast will automatically update your antivirus definition in the background. So, you won't notice about it.

You'll notice about it only when Avast informs you that the antivirus database has been updated. And it will update your antivirus database sometime once a day, twice a day, just as soon as there are definition update for your computer. And it won't consume your bandwith.

Another great thing is that you don't have to worry about security when you are surfing the Internet, or download file/s using P2P software and open your email/s. Avast automatically scans those activities. So, when there is a threat toward your computer's security, it will take necessary action. For instance, I've been warned by it about a threat when I was searching portable antivirus through Google. It revealed that some link  have been infected by dangerous programs.

Features :
  • Continuous protection against viruses and spyware
  • Ensures all mails sent or receives are clear
  • Keep protect you from "chat" infections
  • Realtime anti -rootkit protection
  • File system/mail shield
  • Web Shield
  • P2P/IM Shield
  • Behaviour Shield
  • Network shield
System Requirements:
  • Processor Intel Pentium 3, 128 MB of RAM, 100 MB of free hard disk space
  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 (32/64 bit)
Publisher : Avast

License : Free

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