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    Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    Hi,
    Has anyone tried Avast! 4 Home antivirus? I have just read a glowing account of it which said it had won awards. Visited their Website and it certainly sounds great
    http://www.avast.com/i_idt_153.html#1
    Wouldn`t mind giving it a try. Any comments?

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    Re: Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    Hi Elaine,

    I haven't tried the Avast AV yet, but did try Avast Browser, which seemed to be nice at first glance, but I noticed a few wrinkles in it that made me go back to IE.

    So far as the AV? Why not give it a try, might be worthwhile, Just set a System Restore point before installing it.

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    Re: Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    There's a company that is generally thought to be an authoritative way to confirm that antivirus software is "good": ICSA Labs. I don't see this particular product there; I think they do cover "free" software, as AVG is listed. (The page hasn't been updated in a long time, so maybe this isn't such a great source...)

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    Re: Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    Hello Bob,
    Yes. I think I will give it a try when I have time to get it configured and to watch how it is doing. I always make sure I have a Restore Point before running any new programs as System Restore has saved me more than once in this kind of situation. I`ll report back if I have any problems.

    jscher Thanks for the link. I checked the site and found it listed on the testing page where it had a "Pass"
    http://www.icsalabs.com/html/communities/a...es/tr0603.shtml

    On Avast site there are these awards listed
    http://www.avast.com/i_kat_13.html
    I think it is worth a try as it seems to be quite highly thought of.
    Thaks again both of you

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    Re: Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    For what it's worth, I subscribe to a newsletter from TUDOGS, a mostly software site. This clip from their latest recommendation:
    <hr>In my view this is now by far the best free anti-virus software. Here's what they say: The new version of Avast! antivirus kernel features outstanding detection abilities, together with high performance. You can expect 100% detection of In-the-Wild viruses - the ones what are really spreading amongst people - and very good detection of Trojan horses, all that with only a minimum number of false alarms. The kernel was certified by ICSA; it frequently takes part in the tests of Virus Bulletin magazine, often yielding the VB100 award. Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. Free. 6.22MB. Found at http://www.tudogs.com/security.php <hr>

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    Re: Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    OK. I`m hooked now. I`ll definately give it a shot as soon as I have enough time. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
    Thanks Al
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    Re: Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    If I had a userpic like yours I'd be very worried about getting hooked.

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    Re: Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    Boy! You are sharp tonight. Best laugh I`ve had all day <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> My mum would say to you "Better watch you don`t cut yourself" I didn`t notice that one. Must try to avoid using expressions like that again in case there are more comedians like you around. Since I`m here will just add that I have downloaded and installed Avast with no problems. It seems to be running OK, so now to see how it performs. Think I managed to avoid all "fishy" references here. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    Elaine, Sorry to come to the party late but I was on vacation. I've had Avast installed for quite a while (at least 6 months). It has worked fine for me. The only thing I don't like about the free version is the inability to schedule a system scan but I'll live with that for the price.

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    Re: Avast! 4 Home (XP Home + SP1)

    Hi Joe, Better late than never! It`s good to hear that you have no complaints. I installed it a few days ago and it is running well for me too. I don`t mind that there is no Scheduler either..it isn`t hard to make it run manually. The copying of System Files to the "Chest" seems like a good idea as some of these viruses kill system files which normally means a repair or reinstall. I hope the restoration is as good as thy say, but hope I never have to find out ! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    Thanks for the reassurance

    Elaine

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