One of the most powerful antivirus solutions that you will ever have the pleasure of using comes from Avast!.
Avast! Internet Security is a very effective software that protects your computer system against viruses, spyware, and spam.
We liked that fact that, during installation, Avast! created a system restore point without even asking us to confirm it.
The interface in Avast! Internet Security is very pleasant and easy to use, for both novices and advanced users.
Here you can view the current status of your computer - firewall, real-time shields, auto updates, virus definitions version, program version, and expiration date.
There's also the option of switching to silent mode, and that means that Avast! will display various messages without automatically causing you to exit the fullscreen of a game you may be playing.
Scanning can be performed either quickly or thoroughly. You can either scan the whole system, just a portion of it, or removable media.
It takes a while to complete (in full mode), but scanning is very thorough. And yes, during this time, CPU and memory are moderately used (which is always an added bonus). Too bad the firewall function is not very strong.
Boot-Time Scan is a special feature of Avast! that scans the operating system right before startup, making sure to clean any infected files (it doesn't even take long), while Scan Logs displays a history of all completed scans that were either scheduled or not.
Avast! Internet Security
is a pretty complex program, so you will most likely love its many features because they solely focus on protecting your computer. Combine it with a backup and recovery system, and you have the perfect recipe for system protection!
avast! Internet Security provides complete antivirus, anti-spyware, antispam, and firewall protection, complemented now by new avast! SafeZone™ technology. It creates an isolated virtual desktop, invisible to any possible attacker, where you can do your online shopping and banking securely.Shop and bank online with total privacy
avast! SafeZone™ opens a new (clean) desktop so that other programs don’t see what’s happening – and it leaves no history once it’s closed.
Worry-free social networking and web surfing
Our award-winning and certified antivirus engine and shields stop even previously unknown threats – for peace of mind when you chat or spend time on Facebook, Twitter, or other websites.
Prevent identity theft
Our silent firewall stops hackers and other unauthorized entry attempts to your PC, to keep your data where it belongs – safe and sound.
Keep your email inbox safe and clean
Internet Security’s antispam feature blocks both spam and sophisticated “phishing” attempts, to keep you from clicking “harmless” links that really can cause damage.
To run avast! Internet Security your PC must meet the following criteria.
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows Vista (any Edition excl. Starter Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Pentium 3 Processor
256 MB RAM
380 MB of free hard disk space
Please note that avast! Internet Security runs only on PCs with Windows XP and newer. Older Windows operating systems (Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000) are not supported.