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Windows users will be delighted to hear that Avast! 6.0 free edition has been released, packing even more punch into the free antivirus solution.

For extra piece of mind the team have introduced AutoSandbox, a feature that automatically executes suspicious-looking files in a safe virtual environment. Ondrej Vlcek, CTO of AVAST Software explained “If the item is dangerous, the virtual computer is shut down and the user’s real machine remains safe. And, if the item is safe, there is no hassle from a false positive”.


Building on what is already an impressive non-commercial security tool, several other exciting new features have been added prompting AVAST Software to release 6 reasons to give your old antivirus the boot.

Amongst them are WebRep, the first “reputation guide” for malware to be integrated into a free antivirus package. There are also several new Internet security features, including Web and Script Shields as well as Site Blocking providing additional security at HTTP and browser-level.

Avast! users enjoy regular definition updates, a top-performing detection engine and don’t pay a penny.

Such a rich set of features from a free antivirus tool may leave many asking whether commercial security software is really worth the expense. Do you use a free antivirus? Do you pay? What are your reasons? Talk about it in the comments below.

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  1. Aibek
    March 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    hmmm, never heard of it?

    http://www.escanav.com/english... - Is it this one?

    Is it free?

  2. Aibek
    March 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    thanks for the input

    here is the link in case anyone interested http://www.immunet.com/main/in...

  3. dill makz
    March 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Microsoft Security Essential is the best VG 4 windows

  4. Crazygeek
    March 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I use eScan. It is undoubtedly the best AV i have ever tried..I do not feel it running, it a quick and effective scanner..plus i don't have to stop all my work to see it scan...like most other AVs..

  5. Quickbrownfox
    March 2, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Avast ye lubbers!

    • Tim Brookes
      March 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

      And this is the point where I realise the title for this news story should have just been pirate puns...

  6. rAX
    March 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Avira, Avast... are FREE of charge not free software, so using it wont help "strengthen the world of Free software and Open Source World"
    Try using ClamAV instead ;)

  7. Amoun Boutros
    March 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    It is not possible for free antivirus to be equal to paid one.
    It may be suitable for one with occasional use of computer but not suitable for user who is heavy user with frequent surfing on the Internet. Amoun Boutros MD.,FRCS

  8. M20thesailorman
    March 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I love avast now. Can't wait to try the sandbox! I love freeware!

    • Aibek
      March 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Avast been my favorite for over a year now. Not very heavy on resources and highly effective.

  9. Qbert
    March 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Is this version a resource hog? My computer is several years old with only 512 MB of RAM and gets slooow all the time.

  10. Amoun Boutros
    March 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    It is not possible for free antivirus to be equal to paid one.
    It may be suitable for one with occasional use of computer but not suitable for user who is heavy user with frequent surfing on the Internet. Amoun Boutros MD.,FRCS

  11. Sayed Hosein Binande
    March 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I am using it (namely Avira) and it is not bad,
    I don't pay to buy an anti virus because I think it is important to strengthen the world of Free software and Open Source World

    • rAX
      March 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      Avira, Avast... are FREE of charge not free software, so using it wont help "strengthen the world of Free software and Open Source World"
      Try using ClamAV instead ;)

  12. Sayed Hosein Binande
    March 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I am using it (namely Avira) and it is not bad,
    I don't pay to buy an anti virus because I think it is important to strengthen the world of Free software and Open Source World

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