Installing Avast Free Antivirus

Applies to Avast Free Antivirus (show details)

Products:

  • Avast Free Antivirus 19.x

Operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

Avast Free Antivirus is an essential security software that prevents viruses, spyware, and other malicious threats from infecting your PC.

Install Avast Free Antivirus

Your preferred setup mode:

  1. Log into Windows as a user with administrator permissions and ensure no other application or antivirus software is running on your PC.
  2. Click the button below to download the Avast Free Antivirus setup file, and save it in a familiar location on your PC (by default, downloaded files are saved to your Downloads folder).
  3. Right-click the downloaded setup file avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe and select Run as administrator from the context menu.
  4. If prompted by the User Account Control dialog for permissions, click Yes (or Continue on older versions of Windows).
  5. To change the default setup language, click the current language at the top-right corner of the screen. Then click Install to proceed with default installation.
  6. Wait while setup installs Avast Free Antivirus on your PC.
  7. Click Continue on the screen below the message You're protected.
  8. Review the Avast Privacy Policy and click Continue.
  9. If prompted to protect your mobile device, use the relevant options according to your preference, or click the X icon to close the screen.
  10. Avast Free Antivirus is now installed on your PC and ready to use, but some components may not fully function until you restart your PC. The Avast user interface is accessible via the Avast system tray icon on your Windows taskbar or the Avast Free Antivirus icon on your desktop.

  11. It is no longer necessary to register your Avast Free Antivirus as your initial free license automatically activates after installation. For more information, refer to the following article:

Troubleshooting

If you experience any installation issues:

  1. Ensure your PC meets the minimum system requirements and your Windows is up to date.
Minimum system requirements:
  • Windows 10 except Mobile and IoT Core Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows 8/8.1 except RT and Starter Edition (32 or 64-bit); Windows 7 SP1 or higher, any Edition (32 or 64-bit)
  • Windows fully compatible PC with Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 processor or above (must support SSE2 instructions)
  • 1 GB RAM or above
  • 2 GB free space on the hard disk
  • Internet connection to download, activate, and maintain program updates and antivirus database
  • Optimally standard screen resolution no less than 1024 x 768 pixels
  1. Check that the downloaded setup file is not corrupted. For instructions, refer to the following article:
  2. Uninstall all your previous antivirus software from your PC. For instructions, refer to the following articles:
  3. Restart your PC, and try again to install Avast Free Antivirus by following the instructions in this article.
  4. If the issue persists, contact Avast Support and provide your setup log file. For instructions, refer to the following article:

Avast Free

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Avast Free Partner Program

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Avast Free

Avast Free Premier is certainly user friendly, but we found that the additional cost for extra features and the ads on the mobile version prevented this from being a five star product. Here, find out more about Avast Free Premier 2019 and how it compares with the best antivirus for PC. Let's begin with the price. £59.99/US$69.99 for one PC and one year feels high considering what's not included. On the purchase page, you realise that some functions included for free in other products are bolt-on additions here.

Avast Free power of two

Avast Free stand alone password manager, for example, will cost you another £19.99/$24.99. Avast Free Premier could be an expensive product if you want all the toys, though the integrated password manager for Firefox is free. Speaking of toys, if you're always on the lookout for ways to speed up your laptop, AV system startup tools are always an intersting and useful addition. Avast Free performance section of Avast Free Premier contains Cleanup Premium. This scans for system junk, broken registry items, and programs that can eat resources.

However, clicking the resolve button after the scan merely invites you to subscribe to Avast Free's cleanup tool for an annual fee. Avast Free same is true of clicking Resolve when viewing supposed privacy issues, which asks you to subscribe to the AntiTrack service.

Grab the Avast Free Connected advantage

After a simple installation, Avast Free Premier immediately gets down to business by asking what kind of network you're connected to, private or public. Your answer sets the rules for the in-built firewall. A popup then offers a network scan to make sure you begin securely. Several system scan types are also available. Avast Free cover a full system scan and a more targeted scan examining specific folders. For rootkit protection, there's the boot-time scan, which runs once at the next reboot. Simply select this, and the next time you reboot, your system is thoroughly scanned before Windows and any rootkits start up. This scan takes a while, but a handy percentage indicator shows progress as it runs. Smart Scan examines not only system security but also outdated software, browser add-ons, performance, and the rest of your network.

Keep your customers safe and your business growing

Avast Free core protective shield modules are much as you'd expect, scanning files as they're opened, blocking dodgy web sites, and stopping dangerous incoming mail. Most interesting is the behaviour shield, which warns you if an application suddenly starts performing suspicious operations. This functionality is something normally associated with so-called next generation anti-virus products. Also very welcome is the ransom ware shield, which protects your files from being turned to porridge until you make a payment to get them back. Avast Free ransom ware shield protects several folders by default and it's easy to add more.

Avast Free partner ecosystem

New for 2019 is the Do Not Disturb Mode. This detects programs that when in full screen mode, Avast Free will suppress system and application popups. It automatically recognises games as you play them. This works well. Playing War Thunder while sending emails to myself from another machine resulted in no mail popups until the game was over, after which came a deluge, as if they'd been queued for delivery. As with other antivirus products, you can right click a file and scan it. You can simply right click the program in question and select “Run in sandbox”. Avast Free also an option to always run the program in the sandbox.

             
Intel Avast Free Partner Program Ecosystem
Program Category Resell Technology
Partner Type

Partner Level
Solution Provider

Platinum
Gold
Sliver
Distribution

Broadline
Value Added
  • Global Alliance
  • AVG Activate Innovation Alliance
  • Embedded & OEM
  • Global System Integrator
Managed Services Specialization Yes Yes Yes    
Service Delivery Specialization* Yes Yes Yes   Yes
Support Provider Specialization** Yes        
Partnership Benefits
  • Business Enablement
  • Profitability Programs
  • Sales Support
  • Enablement Training
  • Technical Support

*Service Delivery Specialization will be available 2H 2015.

**Formerly Avg Authorized Support Provider Program (MASP)