Avast Free Antivirus is one of the very best antivirus programs. The latest version of Avast 8 Free adds a lot of new features to keep the system in good shape. The biggest benefit of Avast over other free antivirus like AVG or Avira is that it uses comparatively fewer resources. If you are using Windows 8, Microsoft has already included a free antivirus called Windows Defender. You will need to disable Windows Defender if you are installing any other antivirus.
Features and setup of Avast 8 free
The free version of Avast 8 blocks viruses and spyware and will allow help from a friend if your computer needs fixing. Avast 8 Free Antivirus also introduces add-on features like a software updater and browser cleanup tool. Software updater will check all installed software for new versions and let you download and automatically upgrade to the latest versions of installed software.
When you run the installation setup of Avast 8 Free antivirus, it will ask you whether you want to pursue an express install or install the program manually. I recommend installing the program manually because Avast will try to install some extra add-on software like browser plugins and toolbars which can make your system slow. You will need to un-check those add-on software so that only Avast antivirus is installed in the system.
Standalone full setup installers
Nowadays most software offer web-based installers instead of the full ones. There are pros and cons of this. The biggest advantage of web-based online installer is that it will always be updated and the latest software will be downloaded and installed. The disadvantage of this approach is that if a user want to install the software on many computers, it will be a huge waste of Internet bandwidth and time because the installer will download the setup as many times as it is run.
We are providing full standalone installers for Avast 8 free antivirus for the user’s ease so that you can download the latest free antivirus and install it even when you are offline.
Download Avast 8 Free Antivirus (Standalone installer direct download link)
This free antivirus is fully compatible with Windows 8. In fact, Avast 8 free is certified from Microsoft to run on Windows 8 although some users have reported BSODs when running the antivirus software.
Update (9-May-13): The latest version of Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.1489 comes with the BOSD fix which it used to cause for Windows 8 users. You can either update Avast through the Avast updater inside the antivirus or download a fresh copy from the direct download link above.