Avast Anti-virus has reached version 5.
See what’s changed.
The download is a small 38MB.
It uses around 60mb of memory.
A quick scan took over 8 minutes which is quite slow.
Of the 7 files I tested it with it detected all but 1. (2 Rootkits, 2 malware, 2 trojans).
It has a silent mode like Norton anti-virus, so it won’t bug you or scan while you are running a full screen game or application.
Avast still has the unique feature of a boot time scan so it can find files even on the most infected machines.
I found that while it detected a lot of threats, the scanner was quite slow.
Overall Avast 5 is much better in Avast 4 in that it has a much more modern interface that doesn’t make it look like a music player.
Ease of use: 8/10
Overall Rating: 9/10