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Avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0 Review

Posted on May 10, 2011

avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0 promises to keep your computer free from viruses, protect your identity, and get rid of emails that might otherwise plague your existence. Keep hackers out of your personal information. Ensure that your gaming experiences are safe and uninterrupted, and more with avast!

Pros

·    Easy to use due to a graphical interface
·    Updates frequently
·    Scans do not take long
·    Works in your email client and in your Internet browser
·    Features a "sandbox mode" to try out programs

Cons

·    Can slow your computer down
·    May make your email client run slower
·    Pop-ups announcing updates may be jarring

What is avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0?

Avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0 is a security program that is meant to protect you and your computer while you are surfing online. This program features firewalls, antispam technologies, and web browsing shields to ensure that your information remains safe at all times. There are three different levels of avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0. You can use the avast! Free Antivirus program to check your computer for viruses and spyware, you can use avast! Pro Antivirus which will give you more security for around $35.00 or you can use avast! Internet Security on up to three PCs for maximum security for around $50.00. No matter what level of security you are looking for and what your budgetary constraints are, avast! has a solution for you.

Installation and Setup

avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0 is easy to install and setup. To install the program, simply download it from the avast! website after you have purchased the version of choice. You will also need to download the appropriate license file. During installation, it was neat that as the program was creating a restore point, it warned "this may take a while...”. This was a charming way to tell users that the installation process would not be as quick as one might hope and to have patience. It is always helpful when a software company lets you know just how long the installation process will take. Minimum requirements for the use of avast! include having a Pentium 3 processor, 128 MB of RAM, 100 MB free of hard drive space and running Microsoft Windows 2000 or later on your PC.

When setting the program up for your computer, you will want to be sure that you set up Microsoft Outlook (should you use this program) so that it is compatible with avast!. If you need to make security adjustments to Outlook, avast! will notify you when it starts up. Simply make the changes it requests and you will be good to go in terms of having your email protected from viruses, spyware, and phishing software.

User Interface

One of the great things about avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0 is its user-interface. The program is very graphical in nature and because of this visual appeal, it is also easy to learn and use. When opening avast! on your computer, you will see a dashboard that gives you the security status of your computer. For example, in the picture, you will notice that it says "secured." You will also notice that you have the ability to choose whether you would like avast! to operate in "Silent/gaming mode." This mode prevents any pop-up alerts and sounds to be played should there be a need. This is an outstanding feature for those who not only use computers for gaming, but also for those who work on their computers and do not want interruptions while tasks are being completed. The user interface is so user-friendly, you'll find yourself wondering why all programs aren't such a great combination of visual appeal and ease of use.

Features

avast! Pro Antivirus has many wonderful features that will help to protect your computer. At the core of the program, detection of viruses and spyware keeps your computer safe. The program features a thorough and effective scanning engine that does not hog too many system resources as with other comparable programs. Rootkits are also detected with avast! through a scan of any behavior that resembles the activity of a rootkit. This allows for the program to disable potentially harmful programs from wreaking havoc on your system.

The avast! Sandbox allows you to run potentially hazardous programs in a virtual environment and keep your computer safe from potential threats. By running programs like your web browser or executable files in the avast! Sandbox, you can check out programs while being sure that those applications will not harm your computer.

If there is a suspicious program detected through avast!, then the program emulates the code within an environment to both unpack the code and to detect the code's heuristics. This is done with a dynamic translation so that the program runs much faster than comparable products available on the market.

Speaking of heuristics, avast! contains a heuristics engine that is intended to detect malware that is ordinarily undetectable. avast!'s heuristics not only detect potentially deadly binary (executable) files but also script malware. The program can also detect unwanted programs that are inadvertently installed on your computer including remote tools and keylogging software.

In addition to advanced virus detection, avast! features shields to keep out viruses and spyware that may be transmitted through IMs, P2P, and web browsing. Additionally, you can keep viruses from being transmitted through a network of computers with the networking protection capability.

Finally, among the features worth mentioning in this avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0 review is the intelligent scanner. Once avast! scans a file and finds it to be safe, it will not scan that file again unless a change has been made to the file. Thus, time is not wasted scanning programs and files that have already been determined by avast! to be safe.

Price to Value

avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0 is an outstanding value for the price - especially when compared with other security suites. When looking at Norton or MacAfee, one of the common complaints from users is both the amount of memory taken up by the anti-virus software and the time it takes to scan the system with the software. When you consider that avast! has many features that run faster than comparable programs (including the intelligent scanner), and the low price of the avast! software products, you realize quickly that you are getting a lot of value for the money. It is especially important when using security software to be sure that the program you are using will protect you and your information.

Some Important Things to Note About avast! Pro Antivirus

As with any virus protection software, there are just a few things to point out that you should be aware of when considering this program:

·    Like any antivirus software, avast! Pro Antivirus can make your system run a little slow at times. However, I don't find this to be as bad as Norton or McAfee's resource usage.
·    The pop-up when avast! Pro Antivirus has finished its updates can startle you, as there is a "ping" and a voice says "Your avast! updates are complete!" I've jumped out of my skin a few times when deep into a project.
·    When using avast! with Outlook, sometimes mail that is not junk mail gets filtered into your junk folder. Also, the program can slow Outlook down, but not as much as MacAfee or Norton do.

Is avast! Pro Antivirus for You?

This security program is definitely for you if you want to ensure that your information is secure with a minimum space requirement on your computer. avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0 runs seamlessly on your computer alongside other programs and keeps you safe whether you are surfing the Internet, checking your email, or downloading music and games to enjoy on your PC.

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