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Avast 5 Free Antivirus


Avast 5 Free Antivirus
Avast Antivirus 5 Free Edition has arrived. Giving you free antivirus protection for your home PC including antivirus and anti-spyware, cleaning of sent and received emails, protection from hijacked websites, auto update for virus definitions..

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Avast! Free Antivirus commonly known as Avast 5 Free Edition is the new flagship product and replaces the existing Avast Home Edition. ALWIL have changed the name to emphasize that the product is free. The new version of Avast is targeted towards everyday users that want safe web surfing and email protection without the overhead of all the bells and whistles of paid antivirus software. In actual fact the free edition of Avast is far superior than many of the paid antivirus programs on the market

Virus Bulletin, one of the most respected journals, recently called Avast 5 ….nothing short of a miracle. Google has also selected Avast 5 for incorporation in many of their Google Packs.

In addition to the usual features included with Avast the new version also includes a 2-way silent firewall, a sandbox, and an anti-spam feature. The firewall helps to ensure that only trusted applications are able to receive or send data from your machine (essential in stopping botnets and other hijacked machines). The sandbox provides a means of executing your browser (or any other application) in a protected environment. So even if you get infected, the infection wont be able to leave the sandbox and harm your computer. And the anti-spam helps you get rid of all that irritating email you receive every day, which in todays times can be huge!

Do not worry if you are using Avast 4.8 because you can update to Avast 5 with minimal pain. Users of version 4.8 have probably already received the message when the first start Avast.

Test on the new Avast 5 software are impressive, with up to 40 percent faster than the previous versions. The faster scanning speed does not even require more computer resources. In fact Avast 5 is lighter on system resources and consumes less power than most of todays modern antivirus solutions.

Avast 5 Free Edition includes:

Antivirus and anti-spyware
Ensures all mails sent and received are clean
Keeps you protected from chat infections
Stops attacks from hijacked websites
Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7
New user interface
Antivirus and anti-spyware
Real-time anti-rootkit

avast! Free Antivirus is perfect for people who send e-mails and surf popular websites. But if you store sensitive data on your computer, shop or bank on-line, we recommend the comprehensive protection in avast! Internet Security.

Key technologies Antivirus and anti-spyware engine

avast! Intelligent Scanner
Silent/Gaming Mode
Behavior Shield
Real time anti-rootkit protection
Smart virus updates
avast! Community IQ
Behavioral Honeypots
Green computing
avast! iTrack
File System / Mail Shield
Web Shield
IM / P2P Shield
Network Shield

System requirements

Processor Pentium 3, 128 MB RAM, 100 MB of free hard disk space
Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64 bit)
Core and detection Antivirus and anti-spyware engine
State of the art scanning engine provides reliable protection against viruses, spyware and other forms of malicious software.

Real time anti-rootkit protection
Unique on access technology checks all kernel-mode drivers that the operating system is loading for signs of rootkit behavior. This enables even unknown rootkits to be detected and stopped before they can do any damage.

avast! Community IQ
Most samples we process come from sensors deployed throughout the avast! community in the Behaviour shield and anti-rootkit modules. This is a unique source of data made possible only thanks to our huge user base. Most of the collected samples are analysed by a number of automated processes and only a small fraction of the samples need to be processed manually by our virus analysts.

Code emulator
When a suspicious executable is encountered (during both on-demand and on-access scanning), avast! is able to emulate the programs code in an isolated environment. The code emulator is used for two purposes. First, it is used for generic unpacking. Secondly, it is used in the heuristics engine. Technically, this is done using dynamic translation, a method much faster than traditional emulation techniques.

Heuristics engine
Starting with version 5.0, avast! features a new heuristics engine designed to proactively detect malware undetectable with normal definitions. The heuristics engine is able to cover both binary (executable) and script malware.

Potentially unwanted programs detection
New in version 5.0, avast! now detects potentially unwanted programs, such as remote admin tools and commercial key loggers. Custom rules can be set for dealing with these types of programs.

ScanningBoot-time scanner
Allows you to scan your computer for infections before the operating system has started and before a virus can be activated (32-bit operating systems only).

Command-line scanner
Enables you to run a scan directly from the command line.

Wake-up for scan
Microsoft Windows is woken from sleep or hibernation mode, performs a scheduled scan, then returns back to sleep mode.

Scheduled scanning
Allows users to define the scan time and files to be scanned.

avast! Intelligent Scanner
Can reduce the number of required file scans by up to 80 percent through a white list of proven safe applications. Files identified as safe are not rescanned unless they change.

Shields Behavior Shield
Monitors activity on your computer using a number of sensors (file system, registry and network based) and reports/blocks any suspicious behavior.

Behavioral Honeypots
avast! sensors identify and monitor suspicious file activity on selected computers, automatically submitting files to the Virus Lab for additional analysis.

File System Shield
Real-time scanning of opened/executed files.

Mail Shield
Scans all incoming/outgoing e-mails for malware. For MS Outlook, a special plug-in is used. Other email clients are protected by a generic POP3/IMAP4/SMTP proxy. New in version 5, the proxy also supports scanning of SSL communication (gmail.com, sympatico.ca, ….)

Web Shield
Scans all visited web pages and checks all files, pages and java scripts downloaded from the internet. Thanks to the Intelligent Stream Scan feature, the Web shield does not slow down your web browsing.

P2P Shield
Checks files downloaded using P2P programs. - ABC, Ares, Azureus, BearShare, Bit Torrent, BitComet, BitLord, BitPump, CZDC++, Direct Connect, eDonkey, eMule, iDC++, iMesh, Kazaa, Kceasy, LimeWire, Morpheus, Operas DC++, Overnet, Qtrax, Shareaza, SoulSeek, StrongDC++, uTorrent, Vuze, WinMX, Winny2, Zultrax.

IM Shield
Checks files downloaded while using instant messaging or chat programs. - AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), Gadu-Gadu, gaim/Pidgin, Google Talk, ICQ, IM2 Messenger, Infium, Miranda, mIRC, MSN/Windows Messenger, Odigo, PalTalk Messenger, Psi Jabber Client, QIP, QQ, SIM, Skype, Tlen, Trillian, WengoPhone, XFire, Yahoo! Messenger.

Network Shield
Provides protection against network-based viruses. The module has two main components: a URL blocker, designed to block malicious URLs (as defined by the Virus Lab), and a lightweight intrusion-detection system.

UpdatesSmart virus definition updates
Incremental updating system minimizes the size of regular update files.

Fast application of updates
New format for the virus definition file speeds up application of updates into avast! 5.0 and reduces demand on CPU/memory, resulting in uninterrupted computer use.
New format for the virus definition file means faster updates and reduces demand on CPU/memory, resulting in uninterrupted computer use.

Gaming Silent/Gaming Mode
New Silent/Gaming Mode automatically detects full-screen applications and disables pop-ups and other on-screen notifications without degrading security.

Optimized for latest Intel Core i7 CPUs
Critical sections of the avast! scanning engine code have been optimized to deliver unrivaled performance on the latest Intel chips.

CPU optimization Multi-threaded scanning optimization
avast! runs faster on new multi-core CPUs. A new avast! feature allows the splitting of large individual files between cores, accelerating the scanning process.

Green computing
Reduced demands on the disk drive result in lower energy consumption.

Miscellaneousavast! iTrack
Real-time graphic scanning reports.

Graphical user interface
Easy to navigate graphical interface.

Automatic processing
Infected files are processed automatically without requiring user instructions.

Technologies that are not included in avast! Free AntivirusSilent Firewall
The firewall enables you to control incoming and outgoing traffic from your computer. Protection is based on heuristic and behavioral analysis, and a white list of known safe applications. There are three network settings which can be changed depending on the type of connection.

Antispam
New comprehensive SPAM and fraudulent message filter. It works as a plug-in to MS Outlook and a generic POP3/IMAP4 proxy for other email clients.

avast! Sandbox
Enables potentially exploitable programs (such as web browsers) and/or suspicious executables to be run in a safe, virtual environment. The avast! Sandbox is unique as it runs on both 32 and 64bit platforms.

Script Shield
Detects malicious scripts hidden in internet web pages and prevents them from running and hijacking or potentially causing damage to your computer (Internet Explorer only, 32-bit only)


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Price: $0.0
Size: 15MB
Released: 01/2010
Type: freewareCategory: Antivirus

OS Support: Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64 bit)
Keywords: free antivirus

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