Any opinions on Avast

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  1. djg05

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  2. FastGame

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    I tried all the AV's, IMHO Avast is one of the best and the one I like the most. I have KAV as a backup and a2-squared trojan scanner, neither has ever found anything so Avast must be doing a good job.

    Avast also has a great support forum, best you give it trail and decide for yourself :)
     
  3. Capp

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    I believe Avast is a great AV for those who want a free one. It isn't too heavy on resources and does a decent job of detecting. I recommend it, along with AVG to my clients who ask about freebies.
     
  4. Arup

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    Have tried all, this one is too good, both paid as well as free version. Too many features to list and still remains resource friendly.
     
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    avast! is a good AV with good protection and even its free version (avast! Home) is better than some paid AVs, IMHO. I've used and tried several AVs and besides Kaspersky avast! is the one that I really like the most, I like avast!'s Web Shield (HTTP scanner), fast incremental updates, boot-time scan and others but I really don't like its skins.

    I've used avast! to protect my laptop and my home network without any infections or any problems. avast! runs good, it's lite and doesn't cause unacceptable slowdown.

    So try it and see how avast! performs yourself.
     

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    :) As you see quiet a few individuals like AVAST. I however have an older machine an memory is limited. I found AVAST to be somewhat of a memory hog. This program has also been known to place operating files in the TEMP. directory, and those files cumbersome to delete if one wished to do so. Perhaps a good program for those with newer machine an unlimited memory capacity. I would not however recommend it for those with older machines an limited memory capabilities.

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  7. jstegmann

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    Let me just throw a vote in for avast! as well. Have tried numerous AV's, and I agree than even the free avast! Home is better than many commercial competetors.

    True, avast! uses system ressources, but no more than, say, Trend or KAV.

    Give it a go and rest easy ;)

    Cheers,

    JS.
     
  8. Blackcat

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    Latest improvements to Avast have made it a very impressive product.

    Protection for email, IM, P2P, Newsgroups and the recent HTTP scanner make it the standout free scanner.

    Good on ITW detection but IME, needs help with Trojans. Also detection of zoo malware needs improving. However, it should be fine by itself, unless you visit high-risk sites.

    Avast's memory usage has greatly improved in the latest version and you can choose which module to custom install.

    Loaded Avast Home and the Ewido Guard on my daughter's laptop and so far so good. Set and forget, with automatic updating, which is what she needs.

    And support by Avast and its forum are superb.

    Although not much difference between the free and professional versions, I will probably buy the paid version for her.

    Overall, as a free scanner it is superb. IMHO, not quite up to some of the big commercial scanners yet in overall malware detection but improving all the time.
     
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    Maybe this recent fix will help ?

     
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    Well, I have been an Avast Pro user for quite some time and use Bitdefender Free as a backup ondemand scanner.
    Trust me, Avast works like a dream offering great detection in real time with very decent memory requirements.
    I feel even the free version beats some of the paid versions of leading AVPs.

    I think its worth a try.
     
  11. WSFuser

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    for me, avast makes a great free AV or a good backup for NOD32. avast doesnt play nice with the kav/avp engine so as backup its not very compatible. u should just try it and see wut u think.
     
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    Exactly, I face the same problem with EScan. Guess its because escan uses Kaspersky engine.

    But, still Avast is a good product. I now use Bitdefender Free and Antivir PE as a backup scanner.


    Abhishek
     
  13. Paul Wilders

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    vlk from Alwill/Avast may well address issues mentioned over here ;)

    regards,

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  14. vlk

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    The on-access scanners (aka resident shields) of avast and most other AV's don't play nicely together (the same applies to most AV pairs actually - so it's not really an avast speciality).

    But the on-demand scanners should work together without any problems. It should be possible to install avast without the on-access shields by unchecking the appropriate boxes during installation.


    Thanks,
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    Thanks for joining in, vlk :)

    regards,

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    im aware of that, but avast doesnt complain about bitdefender or nod32, so im just observing that avast hates the avp in particular and actually disables/uninstalls some of it shields when it detects such an AV.
     
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    Alwil is aware of some AV incompatibilities so they prevent them before they can make troubles. If there was no warnings for BitDefender i assume they can work nicely together. Same was with NOD32. But this will change with NOD32 2.5 (PC totally locks up if you use NOD32 2.5 and avast! 4.6 together.
     
  18. Jarmo P

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    Well, I use my pay scanner Norman only as a second hand scanner, trusting Avast's real time protection more ;)
     
  19. djg05

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    Thanks for all the feedback - unusual in that it is 99% positive.

    I am trying it at the moment and so far like what I see. It does give me the opportunity to save money by buying the Pro and the free on the other machine.

    I have been running out of options.
    Did have EZTrust for some years but they messed up the renewal and then discovered it did not rate that well.

    KAV - slowed everthing down

    Dr Web seemed to become more invasive and started slowing.

    F-Secure I did not like

    BitDefender - good but just slowed everything to a crawl.

    Same with Arcabit and other things.

    NOD was ok but the pricing put it out.

    Symantec I would not touch as with McAfee
     
  20. WSFuser

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    @RejZoR - what kind of incompatibilities? im currently running the nod32 2.5 beta and avast 4.6. if the incompatibility is between resident scanners then im ok as i disabled avast's.

    @djg05 - its good to see that u tried so many AVs, but then again NOD32 was too expensive 4 u. have u tried pc-cillin? neways im glad ur deciding on avast, which is pretty damn good considering price = free (for Home edition).
     
  21. smiler

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    I am sure AVAST is good,i have had it running,it detected a nasty that the other AV did not,but that does sometimes happen,one misses th eother finds, but i had to un-install it because it would not display properly without throwing up a disgusting GREEN DESKTOP and TOOLBAR and ICONS,the tolbar was unreadable!
    I had tried un-installing AVAST completely removing all traces and re-installed it,still no good,even sent a Desk top Screenshot to AVAST forum,still no good,so i gave up on it!,i use AVPE which is excellent but i prefer AVAST with e-mail scanner ect and more functions and much better GUI and SKINS-oh well!

    Smiler
     
  22. monsunami

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    Avast is pretty good for free AV. You can disable skins on its options and it will give you a basic gui. It is pretty loaded with different scanners, each for web, IM, email, P2P, etc and still uses little resources. :D
     
  23. RejZoR

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    @WSFuser
    Yes,resident shields. WIth NOD32 2.1 and avast! 4.6 you could use both shields simultanously,but now it locks up soon after startup. Unless you disable one or another.
     
  24. The Maxx

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    avast! Home is a very good free AV. avast! Pro is a bit better but is a paid for version. It's worth giving a try.
     
  25. Arup

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    The more I say about Avast, the less it is. The basic home version offers so much for free, it is a miracle that they still manager to sell their pro version. Try out the home first, the pro is very good, adds script blocker as well as more configurations.
     
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