Avast Free is an antivirus created by the company Avast Software (formerly Alwil Software) founded in 1988.
Currently, 230 million users trust Avast and the latest version of Avast (2016) is also compatible with Windows 10.
The advantage with Avast is that the paid features tend to become free over time.
At the beginning of the installation, Avast offer to install the web browser "Google Chrome" (at bottom of the window).
Uncheck the 2 boxes at the bottom if you don't want to install Google Chrome, then click "Customize" below the "Install" button.
As you can see, Avast comes with lots of features :
In summary, given that some features are not free, uncheck the following features :
These options are useless :
Avast is installed.
It is possible that avast offers his free antivirus "Mobile Security & Antivirus" for Android smartphones and tablets.
If you don't have an antivirus installed on your smartphone or tablet, install it. It's free.
Otherwise, click on the link "No, I don't want to protect my Android phone".
Avast Free is displayed.
As you can see at the top of the program, there is a button "REGISTER".
To use Avast Free for one year for free, you have to register for free.
Click this button and select the standard protection (or essential or free, depending on what is proposed).
Enter your e-mail address and click on "Register".
Note : as shown in the image below, you can renew your free license as many times as you want. This means that every year, Avast will warn you that your version of Avast is about to expire and you will only need to renew it for free.
Avast invites you to switch to the paid version, but there is always a button or a link to stay with the basic protection (or standard, essential, free, ...)
Here, click "No thank you. Keep my basic protection".
Now, Avast is registered and will work for one year.
After this period, you will need to renew it for free.
Avast Free Antivirus offers various types of scans :
For the scan of viruses, you have several types of scans :
and click on "Start" to select the folder to scan and start antivirus scan.
To perform a boot-time scan, select the "Boot-time scan" option and click the "Start" button to schedule it at the next computer startup.
Avast will display a warning.
Click "Yes" to reboot now.
At next startup, you will see the Windows logo, and the scan Avast will appear before you reach the Windows sessions screen.
Once the scan is complete, you will find the report at the location "C:\ProgramData\AVAS Software\Avast\report\aswBoot.txt" as indicated previously.
Avast will scan all extensions installed in your web browsers to detect malicious extensions.
If no malicious extension is installed in your web browser, the message "Your browser appear to be free from add-ons that have poor reputation".
Software Updater is a free and very useful feature that allows you to keep your programs and plugins known up to date.
Among the supported programs and plugins you will find :
Avast can analyze network computers (if possible), and the router to which your computer is connected.
Avast will display the IP address and the name of each PC + the IP address and the name of the router.
Note : As you can see, the PC on which is installed Avast Free is named "Seven-PC" and the router to which it is connected is a NETGEAR router.
By clicking on "Details", you can have information for each computer :
By clicking on "Details", you can have the information about the router that you are connected :
If you install all features of Avast, you will also have 2 paid features including : CleanUp (formerly GrimeFighter) and SecureLine.
Cleanup is supposed to help you to optimize your computer.
But, as you can see, this feature is not free.
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