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February 19, 2010
11:58 AM
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I’ve been using version 4.8 for awhile now and it uses much less memory than my old favorite AVG. It doesn’t update to the new version (5.0.48) from the tray menu for me;

but I am thinking of uninstalling and reinstalling from this review and download page at softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Avast-Home-Edition.shtml

I remember that you have to request a registration key by email and uncheck an option to install a toolbar; but it seems worth it to me for the unobtrusiveness of the resident shields.

The (31!)screenshots show a very groovy interface:
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/Avast-Home-Edition-Screenshot-6474.html

I really like the version I’ve been using on my XPsp3 system. So I’m going to try out version 5.

Ben

February 19, 2010
12:05 PM
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I didn’t realize Ashraf has already discussed this!

And made an excellent comparison review. Oh well…

It was fun writing the post anyway. It only cost me two math problems. :lol:

February 19, 2010
12:22 PM
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benhenry said:

I didn't realize Ashraf has already discussed this!

And made an excellent comparison review. Oh well…

It was fun writing the post anyway. It only cost me two math problems. :lol:


Hehe.

February 19, 2010
2:33 PM
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I notice only v4 is available without chrome,if you want v5 you get chrome as well….. strangeConfused Here is a link for the free version directly from Avasts site http://www.avast.com/free-anti…..nload#tab3 Hope this is some use P.S. Imho it is not a good idea to let toolbars be installed

February 19, 2010
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What do you mean you get chrome? I didn't install any toolbar while installing Avast AFAIK.

February 19, 2010
2:50 PM
black raven
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http://www.softpedia.com/progD…..-6474.html

DOWNLOAD LOCATIONS
for Avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.418 Final:

Softpedia Mirror (US) – v4 Stable Without Chrome [EXE]

Softpedia Mirror (RO) – v4 Stable Without Chrome [EXE]

Softpedia Mirror (US) – v5 Stable With Chrome [EXE]

Softpedia Mirror (RO) – v5 Stable With Chrome [EXE]

 

This is what I got when I followed benhenrys link.I am assuming v4 refers to 4.8 and v5 refers to 5.0

February 19, 2010
4:19 PM
yourpalal
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Hey All. I

 just installed the latest Avast 2 days ago; from their website it suggested to use CNET to D/L. For me, I remember that the OPTIONS to install were to have Google Chrome, & their toolbar, & have Google be my search engine, etc. I believe that it was already checked so you have to uncheck it to avoid it.

I haven’t had Avast since the days of the old ugly interface. But mainly b/c I had to get a new computer that had Windows OneCare preinstalled, & it has fits with anything new. Occasionally WOC is so uptight that it will ask permission to let IE8 run, or even its own updater! Therefore, I only use A/Vs on-demand only, no shields & run at startup. WOC wouldn’t accept the new AVG but did let Avast in. I have slowly added all free software, often from GOATD, dot.Tech, Ashraf’s or others freeware suggestions, & also online scanner like ESET, Panda, Trend Micro, etc.

BTW, thanks Ashraf for the best freeware limited time offer I have—the Asqured Anti-Malware 1 year free license!

Al

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February 19, 2010
6:21 PM
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I just installed the new version of Avast. It didn’t install the Chrome browser and I don’t have it; so it wasn’t that it detected Google’s browser already installed… It also didn’t offer or surreptitiously try to install any kind of toolbar or malware, or even adware.

The only thing I can think of is that the ‘Chrome’ they refer to is just the pretty new interface. I noticed in the ‘About’ page that they credit the HtmLayout to Terra Informatica Software.

You can read the credits from this screenshot.

http://benhenry.fastmail.us/about-avast-screenshot.jpg

Maybe that company is affiliated with the Chrome browser somehow. Or maybe Chrome is becoming an adjective to describe pretty html presentations.

Sure could be confusing.

Anyway, I monitored the install and there was nothing sinister about it at all. Very convenient free registration also.:smile:

Ben

February 20, 2010
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Sorry all for any confusion/consternation caused.As you say benhenry the site is not the clearest…………Laugh I can't install to check it out as I am using 4.8 pro paid for and do not at this time want to buy the upgrade so if anyone else installs it how about a review here to help clear up any remaining confusion?

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