Avast Antivirus and Internet Security tools

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There are several antivirus software available online that promises to secure your computer system, Windows-based computer system in particular. However, not all of these software bring about good results in terms of security, effeciency and configurability.

This article will showcase or discover Avast for you. Avast has several protection tools that fits your requirement. Most known features are described below:

It has FREE version

Avast has a free version for home users. If you are just an average computer user, using the computer to browser the internet for educational and entertainment purposes, and you do not engage in online banking and shopping, and your computer is entirely for home use, not for small business, then you can always get the Avast FREE version.

Updates virus definition daily, automatically

With Avast, it defaults to updating your system protection - virus definitions, automatically when you are connected to the internet to keep your system protected from the emerging threats and infections across the world wide web.

Has Boot-time Scan

When your computer is infected and Avast protection is disabled as a result of the infection, or when the infection that slipped into your system totally blocked Avast from removing it, you still have a great tool to cleanup your system and remove the infection without totally re-installing Windows. This is possible with Avast's Boot-scan. You can simply open Avast, set it to scan the entire system during boot time, and all infections will be detected and removed after the scan, right before Windows loads.

The logic here is that during boot time, when the infections are still dormant or inactive because Windows has not fully started yet, as a result, they cannot block and paralyze Avast, Avast will run the scan and remove them without any trouble.

Lightweight System, NOT resource-hungry

Other antivirus software causes problem to Windows when they are installed. One reason for this is bacause some applications run in conflict with the antivirus software, or when the antivirus software itself is resource-hungry which leaves your system sluggish and crawling instead of being protected, secured, and optimized.

With Avast, the system itself installs normally and it is not resource-hungry that cause the system to stall or freeze. Once installed, default configuration is sufficeint to keep your system protected and it is not taking up much of the system resources. You don't even notice that it is running!

Minimum Hardware Requirements     

  • Pentium 3 Processor    
  • 128 MB RAM    
  • 200 MB of free hard disk space

Operating Systems Supported     

  • Windows 8 (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)    
  • 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)

For added security and superior protection, you may also consider the commercial versions.

avast! Pro Antivirus

Main Features

  • Blocks viruses, spyware, and other types of malware
  • Warns of a file’s reputation before you open it
  • Streams virus database updates in real-time
  • Can allow help from a 'geek' friend
  • Provides secure online shopping and banking
  • Lets you surf the web virtually (outside your PC)
  • Runs risky programs virtually (outside your PC)

Technology Features

  • Antivirus & anti-spyware engine
  • Hybrid cloud/non-cloud technology
  • Streaming updates
  • Real-time shields
  • Remote desktop
  • FileRep & WebRep
  • Sandbox
avast! Internet Security

Main Features

  • Blocks viruses, spyware, and other types of malware
  • Warns of a file’s reputation before you open it
  • Streams virus database updates in real-time
  • Can allow help from a 'geek' friend
  • Provides secure online shopping and banking
  • Lets you surf the web virtually (outside your PC)
  • Runs risky programs virtually (outside your PC)
  • Secures your identity and other personal data
  • Blocks hacker attacks
  • Stops annoying SPAM and phishing scams

Technology Features

  • Antivirus & anti-spyware engine
  • Hybrid cloud/non-cloud technology
  • Streaming updates
  • Real-time shields
  • Remote desktop
  • FileRep & WebRep
  • Sandbox
  • Firewall
  • Anti-spam