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Avast Free Antivirus 2013 For Microsoft Windows Full Review

Avast Free Antivirus 8.0 is the leading free antivirus program available today. Avast software is providing antivirus services since 1988.Avast free antivirus is the best security software available for Microsoft windows and Apple's MAC. You can trust an antivirus program which has 25 years of expertise in providing best security against all kinds of viruses, malwares, spywares and hacking. Avast free antivirus is the only free security program that provides best security features for one year. However at any time you can buy the paid version of this antivirus with internet security, firewall and safe zone for 1 pc at just $16.4 dollars or 999 INR for just one year.

However if you do not want to buy the paid version of avast antivirus then you can continue to use the free version which will provide basic protection against malwares and spywares. This antivirus is worth every penny you spend on it to maximize your online security and defend latest threats to your pc. In this post I will tell you about some essential features of avast antivirus 2013 which will include both the free and paid services. After reading this post you will know why avast is best for your windows 7 and windows 8 pc.

Avast Free Antivirus 8.0 2013 Special Features

The features and service that I am going to tell here are free and you don’t have to pay for these features.


The avast free antivirus provides basic security against viruses,malwares,spywares,PUP,rootkits,and Trojans. It is very good at catching viruses and all kind of potentially unwanted programs. There are two types of system scan available, one is quick scan and other one is full system scan. No virus can go un-noticed in full system scan. When avast finds a virus it automatically moves it to virus chest therefore disabling it from doing any damage to your pc. In virus chest the infected file is isolated from the whole system and can’t do any harm to your pc. You can also delete these infected files completely from virus chest. To access virus chest goto ‘Maintenance>Virus Chest’.


The avast free antivirus 8.0 provides a total of 8 security shields that perform different tasks in real-time to monitor anything suspicious that happens to your pc. These security shields include

1.File System Shield : The File System Shield is the main component of the avast real-time scanner. It monitors all files and programs stored on your computer.

2.Mail Shield : The mail Shield monitors all your e-mail traffic and scans all messages even before they reach your computer and have the chance to do any harm. It scans inbound mail (POP3, IMAP4),Outbound mail (SMTP) and newsgroup messages (NNTP).

3.Web Shield : The Web Shield scrutinizes all your web browsing activities, and eliminates any online threats even before your web browser sees them.

4.P2P Shield : The P2P Shield monitors downloads from most P2P applications vastly eliminating the security risks associated with these types of programs. Some P2P applications include utorrent,Frostwire,FDM,LimeWire,BearShare,Opera’s DC++,iDC++,BitComet,Bit Torrent etc.

5.IM Shield : The IM Shield intercepts all downloads from instant messaging applications and makes sure they are clean. Some IM applications include MSN/Windows Messenger,Yahoo! Messenger,AIM,Skype,Google Talk,Trillian,PalTalk Messenger etc.

6.Network Shield : The Network Shield monitors all network activity and stops any viruses that try to infect your system via the data network. It also blocks access to known malicious websites.

7.Script Shield : The Script Shield intercepts all scripts executed on your system (including scripts received through HTTPS protocol). It checks all scripts that runs on every browser or on other applications installed on your pc.

8.Behaviour Shield : The Behavior Shield monitors your computer for suspicious behavior, alerting you if any unusual behavior is detected. It monitors the system for low-level rootkits, malware-like behavior and unauthorized system modifications.

Software Updater

The avast free antivirus automatically scans your pc for outdated software applications and tells you about their latest updates if available. You should keep all the software applications installed on your pc up-to-date, because outdated softwares are vulnerable to viruses. To enable or disable automatic software updater open it and click settings.Then check or uncheck ‘Automatically download updates if possible’.

Browser Cleanup

This can be found in Tools>Browser Cleanup. Browser Cleanup wizard removes all the toolbars installed in your browser. It removes all toolbars installed on all browsers on your pc. To remove toolbars go to Tools>Browser Cleanup>Start avast! Browser Cleanup NOW. Then choose the desired browser. Also you can enable/disable addons of any browser or reset it to its default values.

Site Blocking

Avast allows you to block access to specific websites/URLs. To block access to any website first go to Tools>Site Blocking>Enable site blocking>Enter address>Add. You can add as many sites as you want to block. If someone tries to open that website then they will not open.

Desktop Sharing/PC Remote Assistance

By using this feature you can connect and share desktops with other avast users. This is useful for technical support. There are two types of remote assistance. First you want to take assistance from someone or secondly you want to give remote assistance to someone. If you want remote assistance then go to Maintenace>Remote Assistance>Allow Remote Control. A code will be generated, you should give this code to the assisting person. While the second person should choose ‘Control Remote Computer’ and enter the code provided to him by you. After a successful connection you can share your desktop screens with each other.

remote assistance by avast

Paid Services By Avast

Avast Internet Security

You can anytime upgrade to avast internet security for 1 pc for one year at just $16.4 dollars or 999 INR, to maximize your online security. This will include firewall, safezone  and internet security.Go to Market>Buy Products.All payments are accepted via credit cards.


SecureLine is a paid VPN service that both secures and anonymizes your internet connection on public or ‘open’ Wi-Fi. Nobody can see who you are or what you are doing on the internet. It hides your computer’s ip address and allows you to surf the web anonymously. SecureLine has a 24 hour trial period and it can be purchased for $59.99 for 1 year and $7.99 for 1 month.To buy it go to MARKET>SecureLine VPN

Avast Easy Pass

Avast Easy Pass encrypts your passwords and basic personal data for completing online forms. It stores your login credentials in files that are encrypted using military-grade AES encryption.Data transfers use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), on both your computer and avast servers to protect your internet communications. It can be purchased for $9.99 per year.

Avast Premier

Avast Premier is an antivirus security suite that provides the internet security and a new feature called Data Shredder in which you can permanently delete any file from hard disk to prevent it from recovering. It can be purchased for $29.5 per year.

paid services by avast

Get One Year Of Free Avast Protection

To get one year of free avast protection you should first download and install avast free antivirus and then register an account with avast. Avast will send you the one year license key to your registered email. Enter this key in Maintenance>Registration>Enter Key.

This was the full review of avast free antivirus 8.0 2013. Now you can easily decide whether to buy it or not.

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