Hybrid Cloud Technologies
Streaming, real-time virus database updates
Now you get each virus signature sent to you in real-time via connection to the AVAST Virus Lab cloud, rather than needing to wait for a traditional database update. Your database will be continuously updated with latest definitions.
File reputation system
FileRep lets you know whether a file is safe before you open it – determined in part by how many people have the file and how new the file is. The technology is also used internally, to help the scanning engine make more intelligent decisions.
New Protective Features
Suspicious programs are now automatically placed inside the avast! Sandbox. When the program finishes, a comprehensive report is generated and, based on the program’s behavior, you are given a recommendation on how to treat it in the future.
Enabled by a single click of the mouse, it allows you to completely isolate the browser from the rest of the system – even if the browser gets hijacked, your system stays clean.
The version 7 WebRep browser plugins provide greater protection against phishing sites, including heuristics detection of new phishing sites. Additionally, we have extended browser support to Apple™ Safari™.
Available only in Pro Antivirus and Internet Security, our SafeZone™, your ultimate clean and secure window for financial transactions, now auto-prompts you and moves to the SafeZone from your regular browser.
avast! Account portal
Your web-based avast! Account portal is your personal directory for all your avast! related data. It allows you to track all your avast! installations, complete with their health data, status information, and useful statistics.
Our new Remote Assistance tool lets you initiate remote support from any ‘geek’ among your friends or family who agrees to help. Initiated by you, it routes through AVAST’s servers, bypasses firewalls, and can be terminated by you at any time. You will never have to ask for help over the phone again.
Easy-to-use user interface
The avast! user interface has been optimized to be more intuitive. Novices will find it easy to use, while experts are still able to customize every aspect of the software to their individual needs.
Your avast! software can now be installed in Compatibility Mode, meaning that it will run perfectly along with your other antivirus software to act as a second line of defense. And even if you install avast! in normal mode, you are given the possibility to install the components you really need.
Now even faster AND less resource-hungry
Independent tests showed that avast! 6 was one of the fastest and least resource-intensive antivirus products available. We made version 7 even better: this is our best-performing product ever.
Windows 8 Beta compatible
avast! 7 runs great on Windows 8 and even has some cool new Windows 8 specific features, such as the Early-Load Antimalware Driver (ELAM), which snaps into the Windows 8 Secure Boot process to provide additional protection against system-level rootkits and bootkits.
To run avast! Free Antivirus, your PC must meet the following criteria:
Operating Systems Supported
- Windows 7 (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
- Windows Vista (any Edition excl. Starter Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
- Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 (incompatible with avast! Account)
Minimum Hardware Requirements
- Pentium 3 Processor
- 128 MB RAM
- 200 MB of free hard disk space
Please note that avast! Free Antivirus runs only on PCs with Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 and newer.
For best results, remove any other antivirus software from your PC before installing avast!