avast! 4 Home Edition 4.7.1029

avast! 4 Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use. The latest version of avast! antivirus kernel features outstanding detection abilities, together with high performance. You can expect 100% detection of In-the-Wild viruses (viruses already spreading between users) and excellent detection of Trojan horses. The kernel is certified by ICSA; and frequently takes part in the tests of Virus Bulletin magazine, often yielding the VB100 award. The avast! engine also features outstanding unpacking support. It can scan inside the following archives: ARJ, ZIP, MIME (+ all associated formats), MAPI (Outlook pst files), DBX (Outlook Express archives), RAR, TAR, GZIP, CAB, BZIP2, ZOO, ACE, ARC, LHA/LHX, TNEF (winmail.dat), CPIO, CHM, RPM, ISO, 7ZIP and SIS. It also supports a number of executable packers (such as PKLite, Diet, UPX, ASPack, PeShield, FSG, MEW etc.). Last, but not least, it can also scan for viruses hidden in Alternate data streams on NTFS volumes.

Features overview of avast! Home Edition 4.7 :

* Antivirus kernel
* Automatic updates
* Simple User Interface
* Virus Chest
* Resident protection
* System integration
* P2P and IM Shields
* Integrated Virus Cleaner
* Network Shield

* Support for 64-bit Windows
* Web Shield
* Internationalization

Changelog Version 4.7.1029, July 28, 2007

* infrastructure changes in the scanning engine bringing higher detection rates
* fixed a bug that was sometimes causing crash of the avast screensaver during its initialization
* improved handling of corrupted files in the SIS and CAB unpackers
* Standard Shield: fixed a minor memory leak in the Vista (and Vista only) driver
* Standard Shield: improved the "move to chest" command in Vista
* Standard Shield: the default scan exceptions are no valid for read/write access only (no execute)
* added more "installer" unpackers
* added more Win32 executable unpackers (Enigma etc.)
* for NTLM proxy authorization (via ISA Server) it is now possible to specify the account under which the avast service will perform the update
* added Arabic language pack

Download: avast! 4 Home Edition 4.7.1029 freeware
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The problem with the free version of Avast is that it does not detect everything, just to get you to buy their pay version. I believe it ignores script viruses. Which is enough that I won't use it. (there is a website that I use to test my virus scanners on, and Avast free will not detect the virus on it).

Avira (Antivir) also cripples their free version this way, and their free version does not detect anywhere near the number of viruses their pay version does. I believe Avira free ignores most spyware.

No, Avast Home still catches bad scripts when you scan for them, but Avast Pro has a script blocker in it that actively shields your system against bad scripts.
I just use a combination of Avast 4 Home, Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D and I'm always fine.

Croquant said,
No, Avast Home still catches bad scripts when you scan for them, but Avast Pro has a script blocker in it that actively shields your system against bad scripts.
I just use a combination of Avast 4 Home, Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D and I'm always fine.

Does using all those simultaneously slow your computer down at all or rape your memory? Because if it doesn't that's not a bad idea.

I was just pointing out what you had probs with can be changed, and it's not much work to untick a box, you can't be telling me you never change app setting on anything, and of course I want to see it working, I'm just pointing out you "can" turn of the icons, but stopping the animation is there to, with one untick. Sorry to have bothered you.

Yes of course. But why tweak a program. Why remove tray icons. Dont you wanna know whats running? AVG is just easier to use. I install it on all my families computers.

I know this has a better detection rate then AVG but I cant stand the spinning "a" in the system tray. Also looks like a media player and not a scanner. I am sticking with AVG free and AVG spyware scan. I also use Comodo free firewall.