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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 (http://www.virusbtn.com/files/Avast-Jan2010.pdf). 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. phoeaww
    January 24th, 2010 at 07:00 | #1

    I want license file for avast pro intivirus 5.0.377
    please help me

  2. Dushyant Sharma
    January 24th, 2010 at 10:48 | #2

    It is very good for free home users

  3. mhmad
    January 24th, 2010 at 13:01 | #3

    thanks

  4. pop
    January 24th, 2010 at 13:03 | #4

    gaaaaaaaaaaaamed

  5. spg SCOTT
    January 24th, 2010 at 14:06 | #5

    @phoeaww

    If you have a valid 4.8 pro license, then you can convert it here:
    http://www.avast.com/resend-license.php

    Use the same email that you bought it with. You should be sent a converted license file to input into avast!

    -Scott-

  6. srikala
    January 24th, 2010 at 19:22 | #6

    asast 5.0 is my good frind thakyou

  7. kings
    January 24th, 2010 at 23:27 | #7

    god bless u avast i love u

  8. January 25th, 2010 at 00:53 | #8

    how do I download the free version of AVAST

  9. January 25th, 2010 at 05:19 | #9

    Glenn Studley :
    how do I download the free version of AVAST

    Hi Glenn,

    You may visit to : http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

    Please download and register it.

    Regards,
    Yanto Chiang

  10. Rajkishore
    January 25th, 2010 at 05:43 | #10

    I never found any anti-virus better than Avast.

  11. January 25th, 2010 at 08:42 | #11

    i want free avast latest anti virus…

  12. nolibetanio
    January 25th, 2010 at 10:53 | #12

    i want free antivirus

  13. elbert
    January 25th, 2010 at 10:57 | #13

    fantastic WOW..more power…thanks and please and i want free avast latest anti virus thanks

  14. PATIENCE CHUKWU
    January 25th, 2010 at 12:23 | #14

    It is a wonderfull anti virus.

  15. PATIENCE CHUKWU
    January 25th, 2010 at 12:56 | #15

    At first i did not know that it will protect

  16. Gabriel Jimenez
    January 25th, 2010 at 16:02 | #16

    Great!, really works

  17. January 25th, 2010 at 19:01 | #17

    ITS NICE

  18. Sergio Guzman
    January 26th, 2010 at 00:38 | #18

    me lo recomendaron que es un buen antivirus

  19. Sergio Guzman
    January 26th, 2010 at 00:39 | #19

    antivirus

  20. January 26th, 2010 at 02:03 | #20

    hi ,

    Avast can play together with all the big names , not to mention its more user friendly then mcafee , norton or other crapware . on top of that the price is allright , you save money when you take it for several years . the updates work great , there is a free version for people who cant afford to spend some money and avast has a good interface that is not complicated , … no wonder nearly everyone i know uses avast , ….

    only one thing , the free upgrade should last at least 2 more months !!

    have a nice day

  21. sunilvenkat
    January 26th, 2010 at 02:12 | #21

    what is the key for avast new free antivirus, is it same as avast 4.8 home edition?

  22. January 26th, 2010 at 07:31 | #22

    Proud to be a reseller. Version 5 is amazing. http://techrxgb.com

  23. January 26th, 2010 at 09:01 | #23

    Explorer-style navigation buttons in case you can’t remember where you tweaked a particular setting.

  24. rejith
    January 26th, 2010 at 17:20 | #24

    HAI,
    GOOD PACK

  25. January 26th, 2010 at 18:06 | #25

    @sunilvenkat
    no, but you can register avast free from the program directly or get the key here: http://www.avast.com/registration-free-antivirus.php

  26. Sohail
    January 26th, 2010 at 21:20 | #26

    avast is wonderful

  27. David Bergstrom
    January 27th, 2010 at 04:45 | #27

    Avast where are you?

  28. Billy G
    January 27th, 2010 at 07:46 | #28

    I had a lot of problems running 5.0 on my 5 year old computer with a Athlon XP 3000+ (running on a Abit AN7 motherboard with 2 Gb of memory) 5.0 gave me sound glitches and slowed down hangups while browsing with Chrome and Firefox.

    I finally got tired of messing with the settings and had to uninstall 5.0 and re-install 4.8, and everything worked fine. I wont install it on my Acer Aspire One because after my experience 5.0 is just not optimized for older or slower computers. I hope you keep working on it, or I’ll be looking for another Anti-virus program.

  29. Vinod
    January 27th, 2010 at 09:11 | #29

    Hi,
    I am using avast at my home.
    Can I register avast through offline like i did in avast 4.8 versions?
    Will i get update file for avast 5.0?
    Please reply.

  30. ASDFASDF
    January 27th, 2010 at 14:15 | #30

    Very beautiful product, no other company provides a free antivirus for year/s, really appreciate your move.
    THANKS ON BEHALF OF ALL USERS THANKS A LOT

    One Q : May there be (in future) an open source anti-virus system??? If there be any I would like avast to be the first to lauch it.

  31. Raihan
    January 27th, 2010 at 14:43 | #31

    ASDFASDF :
    Very beautiful product, no other company provides a free antivirus for year/s, really appreciate your move.
    THANKS ON BEHALF OF ALL USERS THANKS A LOT
    One Q : May there be (in future) an open source anti-virus system??? If there be any I would like avast to be the first to lauch it.

  32. athungo
    January 27th, 2010 at 15:48 | #32

    NOTHING CAN BEAT AVAST. EAST TO WEST, NORTH TO SOUTH AVAST IS THE BEST. LONG LIVE AVAST AND EVER SUCCESS TO AVAST AND ITS DEVELOPERS.MAY GOD BLESS THE AVAST TEAM AND ITS COMPANY

    WITH GRATEFUL HEART AND GRADUATE FROM ME!

    THANK YOU!

  33. January 27th, 2010 at 16:06 | #33

    @Billy G
    Sorry for the issue, we are already fixing some problems and the new version will be released soon. If the problem remains then please send us your LOG files C:\ProgramData\Alwil Software\Avast5\log\ (or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Alwil Software\Avast5\log\) to support.avast.com. Thank you.

  34. fariborz
    January 27th, 2010 at 17:17 | #34

    so thanks for avast team, good luck

  35. fariborz
    January 27th, 2010 at 17:21 | #35

    big regard ,avast version 5 is best of all ,thanks

  36. January 27th, 2010 at 17:50 | #36
  37. January 27th, 2010 at 20:18 | #37

    WE WANT YOUR FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE.

  38. January 27th, 2010 at 20:19 | #38

    we want your antivirus software.

  39. Vinod
    January 28th, 2010 at 07:00 | #39

    Thank you Pavel Mourek.
    I found the registration page, but will i get update files for avast 5.0 like update files for avast 4.8 and install it offline.

  40. CHARLES HONEST
    January 28th, 2010 at 13:42 | #40

    The new Avast 5.0 is fantastic and has no competitor.
    Please send me the new Avast pro 5.0 licence file (HELP ME PLEASE, I NEEDED IT BADLY)thanks.

  41. January 28th, 2010 at 16:56 | #41

    @Vinod
    yes, off-line update files are available here: http://www.avast.com/download-update

  42. Clara Cunha Faria
    January 29th, 2010 at 00:28 | #42

    I am looking for to try your products.

  43. catherine ndambuki
    January 29th, 2010 at 00:44 | #43

    THANKS man.

  44. January 29th, 2010 at 02:22 | #44

    Grazie di vero cuore. siete stati bravissimi. Dio vi benedica

  45. Yansen
    January 29th, 2010 at 05:38 | #45

    hi, avast is great. For avast 5.0 home edition, do we need to re-register every 12 months?

  46. H
    January 29th, 2010 at 09:40 | #46

    Extremely nice

  47. January 29th, 2010 at 10:22 | #47

    Yes, avast 5.0 is awesome and secured

  48. January 29th, 2010 at 11:06 | #48

    just downloaded version 5 are there any security issues with this version

    • January 29th, 2010 at 11:31 | #49

      Wifi, I am not sure what you mean. It is a security product so it is designed to provide security.

  49. salman
    January 29th, 2010 at 11:45 | #50

    avast is avast nothing more

  50. salman
    January 29th, 2010 at 11:46 | #51

    common avast

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