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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Avast 5.0 Review

Viruses are getting smarter and smarter pretty damn smart day by day. And of course, you wouldn't want an infected work or home computer. Antivirus brands are getting more advanced with their heuristic engine and it does it work by detecting the virus if it changes settings to your computer without you knowing it. Brands like Avast, Avira, Kaspersky and Norton are very known for what they specialize in - antivirus softwares. Most of these antivirus softwares are paid like Kaspersky and Norton and they only have free trials of 30 days. Avira and Avast DO have free antivirus but they also have paid/Pro versions that have 'extra' features - the most featured feature is antispam that monitors your email. I use Avast mainly because its much faster, the GUI(Graphics User Interface) is much more intuitive and it has more shields eg. Mail, Web, P2P, IM, Network and Behavior Shields that provides MORE protection.

Here's how to install Avast on to your computer. By the way, this is Version 5.0 and its paid COMPLETELY FREE(if you don't want to read this part, scroll down and watch the video!)
1. Download Avast Free antivirus. Click here to download.

2. Once the download is complete, double-click the installer(what you've just downloaded)

3. It should look something like this.

4. Yes, there is a choice to install Google Chrome IF you haven't. If you want Google Chrome, select the first option. If you just want to install Avast itself, then select the second option and click Next.

5. They'll ask you whether you want to participate in their community, and whether you want to have a customized or standard installation(this is ABSOLUTELY OPTIONAL, you don't have to select it if you don't want to)

6. After you've gone through all that crap, they'll ask you whether you want to set it to typical, minimal or custom installation. Just choose typical installation and hit next.

7. Your installation should be completed in a minute, so just do what you do when you're bored (:

8. After that's done, Avast will automatically pop-up and it will ask you to register with your email(the registration won't take long and there's a cheaper price if you want to upgrade to the Pro version).

Avast 5.0's User Interface(Clean and simple)

9. Update your Virus Definitions under the MAINTENANCE tab. And you're done! :D Avast is now protecting your computer from viruses that could will damage your computer.

Settings that make this antivirus even better
Here's a video that shows the tweaks and the configurations.

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