Avast Free Antivirus Review

A full review of Avast Free Antivirus

The Smart Scan feature of Avast Free Antivirus running a virus scan on a computer.

Avast Free Antivirus is one of the  software programs you can download. It's a complete tool that protects you against threats from the internet, , your local files, connections, your instant messages, and much more. In fact, the 2019 version outdoes its competitors to a pretty significant extent. 

But is Avast really free? Yes!

What We Like

  • On-access protection from viruses and other malware.

  • Includes a "heuristics engine."

  • Silent mode feature to hide alerts.

  • Easy installation.

  • Long history of excellent virus protection.

  • Runs on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

What We Don't Like

  • No commercial use (home/personal only).

  • Tries to install unrelated software.

  • Requires periodic registration (but it's free).

  • Shows ads within the program.

Avast Description: Important Features

Avast Free Antivirus includes fully functional antivirus, antispyware, and heuristics engines. It includes real-time protection of files, email, web surfing, P2P transfers, instant messages, and even suspicious behavior. It scans browser plugins to find installs that have a poor reputation and may be malicious.

Wi-Fi Inspector scans your network to find vulnerabilities, such as identifying  that are using default passwords and checking if your network is accessible from the internet.

A feature called Do Not Distrub Mode is included in Avast Free Antivirus which will block pop-ups while any program is in fullscreen mode, or while gaming or watching movies. This is great so that you don't see update or virus alerts while presenting something or in the middle of a nonstop game.

The Behavior Shield feature built-in to Avast keeps a constant eye on your applications to make sure they don't start to act different, which could be a sign of a virus attempting to manipulate the software.

Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP are all supported for Avast Free Antivirus. You can , too, and it's also free.

Yearly registration is required to continue use, but Avast Free Antivirus regularly updates definitions and the program itself to stay current against new threats.

Installation Issues: Pay Attention While Installing Avast

You'll be asked to install Avast's or some other program or tool during installation. These additions are not required; just uncheck the boxes if you're not interested.

You're required to register Avast to use it for more than 30 days, but registration is free and pretty simple. You'll also have to re-register once each year, but again, this is free.

Don't Believe the Rumors: Avast Is Free

Some users have stated that Avast Free Antivirus is not free or that it's not a truly complete antivirus program. That's simply not true. Avast Free Antivirus is a complete anti-malware tool.

Some of the from purchasing the , , or versions of Avast are the firewall, , privacy, and spam protections, but you can get those features free from other programs ​if you want them.

So yes, Avast Free Antivirus provides constant virus protection, also called on-access or resident protection, for free. This means that Avast Free Antivirus can completely replace antivirus software from companies like McAfee and Norton that charge for their software and for yearly access to updates.

Our Thoughts on Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus has been around a long time and overall it's an excellent free antivirus program. It includes just about everything you'd ever want from an antivirus program, free or otherwise. Avast Free Antivirus is the only anti-malware tool you'll need on your Windows computer.