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Avast Free Antivirus 5


A new version of Avast antivirus has been released.

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The new avast! Free Antivirus 5.0 has a completely revamped interface and significantly enhanced malware protection. Its new heuristic anti-malware engine offers code-emulator technology, and powerful boot-time scan. Avast is one of my favorite FREE Antivirus offerings. One of the best things about it is the boot-time scan, which can help remove some nasties that other anti-virus protection cannot, even paid ones like Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 or McAfee AntiVirus.  The plus for the paid versions are for businesses who need support.

Check out the review of avast 5 on pcmag.com.  You can download avast! Free Antivirus 5.0 for XP, Vista or Windows 7 here.

Alternative Free Antivirus Software
  • AVG Antivirus version 9 - Another favorite of mine
  • Avira Antivir - My current recommendation.  It's simple to use and you get updates daily
  • Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft did a good job with this one.  Will be testing on a few systems with this soon.
  • Clamwin - Open Source Antivirus.  If you love Open Source, this is a product for you.
  • Norton Security Scan - A free product from a leading antivirus maker.  It's simple, but may not offer as much as some of the others above.
Do you use avast!? What Antivirus software do you use and why?

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