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Avast! antivirus is an anti-virus program developed by ALWIL Software
based in Prague, Czech Republic, first released in 1988. Avast! was one of the
first on-access antivirus programs to be released for Windows x64 edition. Avast!
4 Home is a popular full-featured freeware anti-virus applications available to
Microsoft Windows and Linux users. As of October 2008 the free Home Edition has
had over 32 million downloads on Download.com. As of March 7, 2008 Avast! (Home
version) has had 60 million registered users.
Avast! is aimed at preventing several types of computer threats, including those
that are not technically computer viruses such as spyware and even rogue anti-spyware,
and can also make a virus Recovery DataBase which is used to recover files when
they are infected (instead of deleting them). The program is available with text
and voice translations for 27 languages.
It is currently in version 4.8 on the Microsoft's Windows line of OS and the
version changes with other OS. These are currently the different editions of
Avast! antivirus software available for the various different operating systems
Avast! 4 Home Edition (freeware for personal, non-commercial use) - a fully
featured antivirus package for home computers running Windows.
Avast! 4 Professional Edition (commercial) - antivirus package with additional
options for workstations.
avast! 4 SBS Edition Download (commercial) - Basically for small businesses
running Windows Server Edition.
Avast! 4 Server Edition (commercial) - antivirus package intended to use on
servers, may be extended by modules (protection of MS Exchange Server 2000/2003,
MS Proxy/ISA Server, SMTP Server, MS Sharepoint Server (Portal Server 2001/2003
and Windows Sharepoint Services 2003))
Avast! U3 Edition (shareware) - antivirus designed to protect U3 smart drives
from viruses and other forms of malware.
Avast! 4 Small Business Server Edition (commercial) - complete antivirus
solution for Microsoft Small Business Server, including Exchange server or ISA
Avast! Mac Edition (freeware/shareware) - Antivirus for Mac (version 2.74)
Avast! for Linux/Unix Servers - Edition designed to run on Linux and BSD servers
running x86 kernels only. Packages are available as RPM , debian or in Tarball
Avast! Linux Home Edition - (freeware for personal and non-commercial use, both
conditions should be met) - antivirus solution intended for use on Linux
Avast! for Kerio (shareware) - Designed to work with Kerio products like their
secure mail servers.
Avast! 4 PDA Edition (commercial) - Available for Windows PocketPC/Windows
Mobile, WinCE and Palm OS
Avast! Distributed Network Manager - Allows for network administrators to manage
the avast! antivirus product line across the whole enterprise.
From Feb 2006 to June 2008, Avast has taken part in 49 VB100
tests by Virus Bulletin. To see which of the tests it passed, go to VB100
As of July 2007, both Avast Home and Professional Editions have gotten a 6.5 out
of 10 Editors rating at CNET reviews.
SC Awards 2006 Finalist
Review Centre Award 2006 for Best Anti-Virus software.
Avast! needs to be registered within the first 60 days of use. After
registering, a license key is e-mailed and can be used for only one year. After
one year, the user is required to re-register. Despite registration, the program
is still free for home use.
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