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Avast Free Anti Virus

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  1. alicez

    alicez Thread Starter

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    Is anyone using the Free Avast AV? If so, could you answer a few questions I have?

    I notice two places to download the Free Avast from.

    #1- I went to http://www.avast.com and that takes me to a CNET download page. The file is named "avast_free_antivirus_setup" and is about 90MB. Is that the one I should download even though it is from CNET and not directly from Avast? It doesn say ".exe" at the end!

    HOWEVER there is another download at http://www.avast.com/en-us/support (under 'download this software") that has a "Avast_free_antivirus_online.setup.exe" that is only 4.6 MB. (under 'Download software)
    WHICH ONE IS CORRECT as they both differ in size?

    #2- I understand that when I am installing I will be requested to 'register.' Is that correct? And if I do not register, I will be only allowed to use the Avast for 30 days.
    If I do register will I be able to use the Avast forever?

    #3- Can I install on more than one of my computers? If so, will I be asked to register for each one? And if so would I input the same information in each one that I put in when I registered the first one?
    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Avast for me does the same as BitDefender. Even if I allow scripts it presents me with the download from avast.com (no need for cnet.com). Yes, it's a 4.6 MB binary file called avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe.

    You don't need to register for anything either and you can visit the site and download it on all of your computers.
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Sorry, it looks like you do have to register. I wasn't aware of that. If you don't you can only use it for 30 days apparently.
     
  5. alicez

    alicez Thread Starter

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    cookiegal: Yes, it says: "Register with Avast! By registering with Avast! you will have unlimited free use of the software. If you do not register, you will be limited to a 30-day free trial."

    Does anyone have an answer to my question #3, which was
    #3- Can I install Avast Free on more than one of my computers (if Yes, how many)?
    If so, will I be asked to register for each one? And if so would I input the same information in each one that I put in when I registered the first one?

    BTW: My download says "avast_free_antivirus_setup" (no .exe at the end) and is 92,495MB. It was downloaded from http://www.avast.com/en-us/index

    Is that the correct one?
     
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    As you install, you will also have an option to only install the standard version, its in tiny writing on the dialogue boxs avast installs - , otherwise you will get the trail version, although when you get the reminder, you simply click on the "standard" version and continue with the free version.

    I have not used multiple versions with the same email address, as I tend to register to the PC owner , and where I have multiple PCs I use my different email address

    I have been trying out Avira now, which has also been get some good performance reviews on the AV comaprison sites
     
  7. alicez

    alicez Thread Starter

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    Sorry, but I do not understand. Can I install Avast on my two computers? Someone told me you can use it only on one computer; someone else told me I could install on - up to 3 computers. But if that is so, I wonder what info would have to be put in the second time I tried to install it to my second computer. Does Avast count how many times you register according to the email you supply? Just confusing for me.

    (I don't remember going through all of this for AVG or MSE, etc. I would think "if it's free" it's free - period, regardless how many computers you use it on.)

    I'm trying to explain this to my grandson and his head is spinning along with mine.
     
  8. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I think you only need to register once and the license can be used on multiple computers as long as they are for personal use and in the same household.

    You can read the EULA here:

    http://www.avast.com/eula

    In there it states:

    "You may install and use the Software on an unlimited number of computers."
     
  9. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    P.S. The Avast forums were hacked and are still off-line but you can access the Google cached pages to see some discussions but I think the EULA covers it.
     
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