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January 19th, 2010

Avast! Free Antivirus, Version 5.0: “…nothing short of a miracle”

Virus Bulletin, one of the most respected reviewers of security products, wrote a very detailed review of the Avast 5.0 beta products in their January issue ( This is a lengthy review but to me the best line was their summation of the new free product: “the free version being available to all without charge is nothing short of a miracle”. There was also a review of it in the recent AV-Comparatives test of performance/system impact. The product scored the highest rating: A+.

With the new Free Version 5.0, we attempted (and we think succeeded) to raise the bar on free security products. We decided that our new free product needed to be the best antivirus product in the world—not just the best free product. We think we have succeeded, or come darn close. Now you the users (and of course the reviewers) can let us know….

Our version 4.8 was already one of the best products available. But it did have short comings. Its user interface was, to put it mildly, unique. And its registration process was a bit cumbersome. In developing the new free product, we attempted to not only fix the shortcomings of 4.8, but to greatly expand the capability of the free product.

The free product is our flagship product. We are proud of it. It is not just a marketing product designed to drive sales. So, with the new free product, here is what we have done:

  • Built an entirely new user interface. The old car stereo interface is gone replaced with a very modern and easy to use graphical interface.
  • Eliminated the email registration process. The free product still lasts for a year but now it only takes seconds online to register the product. All a person has to now do is to click a “register” button—no forms to fill out and no email information to provide.
  • Added a gaming mode—elements of this were there in 4.8 but now we have made this a central function. No need to buy someone else’s “gaming” product. All the capability is right here in the free product.
  • Ensured protection is top-notch. This was also a hallmark of the 4.8 version. We have long believed that free products should provide just as much malware protection as paid products. So in addition to the signature-based AV protection that you would expect, you also get all the modern detection techniques. Central to this is protection against web threats. These are 85% of the threats our users see—and the free product provides protection against them. There are also heuristic detections, behavioral detections, and just about any type of protection you can think of.
  • Continued our hands-off approach to asking for money. We don’t agree with how many free products try to monetize their free users. So with us, we don’t hide the free product (it is front and center on our home page); you will not see a daily pop-up asking you to upgrade; the product will not find problems and then ask for money to fix them; and we won’t scare you into upgrading. Now of course, there are sales messages. There is a message when you download the free product. There is a message when you register the free product. And at expiration time a year later, there is a message. But in all of this messaging, you are presented two choices: download/register the free product or upgrade to a premium product. The choice is yours.
  • Today January 19th, the free product (and all products) is being released in English and French. Over the next 10 days we will be rolling out the product in Czech, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

We did not cripple the product in any way. If you use the internet for e-mail or web-browsing, this is the perfect product. No need to pay us money…..and no need to pay anyone else any money.

In short, it is just as Virus Bulletin described, “nothing short of a miracle”.

  1. Tech
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:17 | #1

    Proud of being participated of the beta.
    Proud of being the Portuguese translation.
    Proud of our friendship all these years.
    Proud of having the best antivirus round!

  2. Mikos
    January 19th, 2010 at 22:39 | #2

    Definitely the BEST FREE Antivirus. This is the main reason why I am so proud recommending it to my friends whose businesses need a lot of protection. :)

    January 19th, 2010 at 22:58 | #3


  4. Hameed
    January 20th, 2010 at 00:26 | #4

    Hallo. Congratulations on hitting 5
    I would like to know if Avast 5 (free that is) will still require the insertion of a license key?

  5. William
    January 20th, 2010 at 04:02 | #5

    Congratulation to the release of Avast! version 5! You have my continuous loyalty support.

  6. arief
    January 20th, 2010 at 04:50 | #6

    I’ve already use 4.8 version.
    I don’t find the definition update that can downloaded manually for 4.8 or 5 version now.
    where’s the definition update?

  7. Mario
    January 20th, 2010 at 06:53 | #7

    Top-notch anti virii toolkit I´ve used…!!! On 5-five years I never caught a serious malware damage…!!! Great work. Congratulations to all Alwil™ people and thanks for the outstanding job…!!!

  8. marianne cormier
    January 20th, 2010 at 08:00 | #8

    nnnnnoni ftrs5 ui7i

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  11. January 20th, 2010 at 09:22 | #11

    anti virus download

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  13. January 20th, 2010 at 09:23 | #13

    I want download p

  14. January 20th, 2010 at 09:24 | #14


  15. January 20th, 2010 at 09:27 | #15


  16. Peter
    January 20th, 2010 at 10:22 | #16


    No key is required…just register online:

    From another blog post:

    “Eliminated the email registration process. The free product still lasts for a year but now it only takes seconds online to register the product. All a person has to now do is to click a “register” button—no forms to fill out and no email information to provide.”

  17. saravanan
    January 20th, 2010 at 10:51 | #17


  18. Ramin
    January 20th, 2010 at 13:15 | #18

    ‘Team AVAST!’ Simply the best…

  19. sirnh1
    January 20th, 2010 at 13:58 | #19

    “The free product still lasts for a year but now it only takes seconds online to register the product. All a person has to now do is to click a ‘register’ button—no forms to fill out and no email information to provide.”
    What if you want to use avast 5 on an offline computer. Can I still ‘register’? Also where would I be able to download the latest “virus definitions” to install them on an offline computer?

  20. January 20th, 2010 at 14:03 | #20

    OMG I’m just surprise that avast can trackback the connected IP !

  21. cramer
    January 20th, 2010 at 15:16 | #21

    please i like to update my Avast 4 Home,with a new registration code
    thank you for the support,greetings Marijke Cramer -Smilde Drenthe Netherland

  22. abdul
    January 20th, 2010 at 16:13 | #22

    I need registration key for Home version

  23. jhony
    January 20th, 2010 at 17:02 | #23

    plz i want to free download software avast 5.0

  24. MICHAL
    January 20th, 2010 at 17:24 | #24


  25. Richard
    January 20th, 2010 at 18:12 | #25

    Are you planning to create a Windows Home Server version of Avast 5, as you did with Avast 4?

  26. Peter
  27. Peter
    January 20th, 2010 at 19:43 | #27


    You don’t need a key for Avast 5 Free Antivirus, just register online

  28. amith
    January 20th, 2010 at 20:59 | #28


  29. January 21st, 2010 at 02:20 | #29

    Just perfect, from the beta versions could see the great work, congratulations to all who participated in the beta versions.

    Thanks to the friends of the Alwil Team and participants of the forum, Thanks Vlk be on the lookout for everything and keeping us informed about the development.

  30. Lynne Perry
    January 21st, 2010 at 04:17 | #30

    Love Avast! Simply the very best. I wonder if I should get the hacker protection for my computer?

  31. RAFETINIRINA Raymond
    January 21st, 2010 at 08:56 | #31


  32. January 21st, 2010 at 10:03 | #32

    I use Avast five years and during that time I had no problems with their computers. So, let’s go further with Avast5 edition.

  33. January 21st, 2010 at 12:13 | #33

    Why i can’t scan hidden share like C$ or D$ of other computers? I have administrator rights on them and i also can acces them.
    I get this error: \\computername\example_any_file_or folder “The network path was not found”, but i’am conected to that share. I also maked a map network drive on a folder and i get the same error.
    I can scan only shared folders but not $( hidden shares).

  34. hicham
    January 21st, 2010 at 12:58 | #34

    salut je suis entrain de remercier l’equipe qui sont generer la derniere version d’avast 5.0 gratuit j’ai besoin de la cle merci de votre compréhension

  35. January 21st, 2010 at 13:12 | #35

    sorry but avast! doesn’t support the remote virus scan of administrave ($/admin$) shares.

  36. January 21st, 2010 at 18:37 | #36

    Thank you for this lovely product

  37. WPN
    January 21st, 2010 at 19:16 | #37

    Happy user of Avast home, and happy user of ADNM at work (with some ups and downs).

    im looking forward to the new product to install final versions on the rest of my home machines (besides the (virtual) machines i have beta on) and looking forward to the business part of the new products….

    i find it interresting how avast still survives with the free product and having such good pricing for the business products…

    in the article you (Steve) speak of not asking for money, i applaud that, but has Alwil looked into free of will donations?? With a paypall account it is possible to make a small donation which people can make who are not able or willing to pay the full price of the product?

  38. chandra kant
    January 21st, 2010 at 20:16 | #38

    Really the new avast 5 has come out to be the best ever freeware AV product in market..
    it has really worked on the shortcomings of v4.8..
    so wanna congratulate the whole team:-)
    kip the work going on………..

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  40. Eng. K. E. Kiyabo
    January 22nd, 2010 at 12:18 | #40

    The last version was excellent.

  41. Eng. K. E. Kiyabo
    January 22nd, 2010 at 12:19 | #41

    The last version was excellent

  42. January 22nd, 2010 at 21:34 | #42

    thanks for the help to keep my computer safe

  43. January 23rd, 2010 at 07:03 | #43

    i tried before versions of avast. those are not detecting autorun.inf and some other files when i insert the pendirve. I want to test this(new version) version. please provide me trial version of avast professional 5.0

  44. January 23rd, 2010 at 19:30 | #44


  45. January 23rd, 2010 at 19:30 | #45

    good try

  46. January 23rd, 2010 at 19:33 | #46

    thanks for this help to keep my comput
    er safe

  47. January 23rd, 2010 at 19:53 | #47


    if u are using 4.8 version earlier then no need to register and all…. just run 5.
    if u are not using 4.8 version or u want fresh install 5 then u need registration key.for this u have to register online for this.remember its free.

  48. livia
    January 23rd, 2010 at 20:11 | #48

    I heave reinstalled windows,and your product don’t work!!!!!!!!!!

  49. lisa
    January 23rd, 2010 at 20:32 | #49

    i love how my computer runs. i will be getting the full version after tryil

  50. Robert
    January 24th, 2010 at 02:55 | #50

    Avast 5.0 is more than i thought it would be! Thank’s and keep up the good work!
    I will be telling all my friend’s about Avast!

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