What Is Avast Antivirus Software?

by Gregory Thompson

Avast Antivirus software is a virus protection program that detects and removes viruses and spyware. Going beyond the basics, Avast Antivirus has a few features that make it unique from other antivirus programs on the market.


Besides general protection, Avast Antivirus software protects you when you use the following: Web browsers, instant messaging programs, P2P programs, wireless or wired Internet, Web-based email and Microsoft Outlook.

Other Features

When installed, Avast Antivirus software differentiates itself from the competition by providing audible alarms and program processes, a real-time boot scan when you start up Windows and a customizable interface.

Main Versions

There are two versions available. The Home edition is freeware, but it must be registered every 14 months to continue using it. The Professional version is shareware and can be used for home or business use.

Other Versions

Also available are versions of Avast Antivirus for Mac and Linux. ALWIL also has specialized versions for networks and servers as well as an an in-depth scanner for companies who use intercompany email.

Fun Fact

Avast Antivirus was officially released in 1988 from ALWIL Software, which is headquartered in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic.

About the Author

Based near Chicago, Gregory M. Thompson is a freelance writer of over 20 years. He has screenwriting credits as well as other print and online media credits and recently has done a number of interviews in the entertainment industry.

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