May’s Tool of the Month: Avast free Anti-Virus
Staying on top of the ever changing world of spyware, malware, virii, etc… it’s almost in your in best interest to swap your anti-virus software on a timely basis. With so many to choose from its hard sometimes to pick the right one. How do you know which one would be the right choice for you? The answer is… it depends. I know it’s not the answer you were looking for but there are too many variables that sway the vote of saying that x is the right choice (for you).
This is how I choose what anti-virus software I will be using:
- Cost – Are you getting anymore protection by paying for a paid version of a software? Or will a free version do just fine?
- Bloat – Are there annoying pop-up ads, or display ads, or installation of unwanted crap ?
- Service – Does it seize control of your every move on your system?
- Ease – Is it easy to install? Is it easy to use? Can you use in safe mode and or command line?
- Updates – Does it update often? How on top of the virii scene is the company?
- Findings – Does it actually find anything if you are infected?
With all that said I can safely say that once you understand those facts and truly look into several different anti-virus software you will find one that fits you. Read reviews they are your friend and can help you as well.
That is why I have chose Avast’s free Anti-virus software formerly know as Avast Home Edition as May’s Tool of the Month. They have greatly improved the overall product in this newly updated version (v.5).
The first thing you will notice if you have ever used the prior versions is that it no longer looks like an mp3 player which really turned a lot of people away from using it. The installation was a breeze even doing a custom installation. Avast is really one of the top notch anti-virus companies around they push updates a lot which in turn makes your system safe against attacks. You still have to register your free version with them but it’s much easier now it’s all built into the program. The interface is simple and easy to use anyone will be able to install it and understand exactly how to control it. They even have the option for you to schedule a boot time scan which is an ideal way of finding virii before they are loaded by windows. There is so much more I could go on but you really need to check it out for yourself if your looking into a new anti-virus application.
Below is a list of the features that Avast has to offer:
- Anti-spyware built-in
- Web Shield
- Anti-rootkit built-in
- Automatic updates
- Strong self-protection
- Virus Chest
- Antivirus kernel
- System integration
- Simple User Interface
- Integrated Virus Cleaner
- Resident protection
- Support for 64-bit Windows
- P2P and IM Shields
- Network Shield