Although Avast has many versions of the popular antivirus software, most people download and install the free version – obvious choice. It’s interesting to note that the free version is quite capable of protecting your computer from all the latest threats posed by viruses and hackers. However, remember to update the program periodically and allow it to update its signature database automatically whenever it wants to. Browser protection plugins are also provided with the free version. Avast! Free Antivirus also comes with a feature called GrimeFighter that is perfect for system-wide cleanup and maintenance procedures. The protection software has all the necessary options and features, and many more.
Advanced users can tinker with the settings to customize the level of protection provided by the program. The antivirus is also able to password protect your list of passwords – passwords that you use across your Web browsers, for example. An interesting feature of Avast! Free Antivirus scans your system for outdated and potentially dangerous programs and can update them at no cost. For example, an outdated version of Java poses serious security risks to any Windows machine. You can enable or disable most of the protection components at will, but we recommend you keep them enabled at all times when surfing the Web.