A while ago, we ran a feature on top ten free antivirus software for windows 7. If you remember, Avast ranked in the middle on that list. However, things have changed drastically for good for the Avast with the introduction of Avast 6.
As in the previous beta release, Avast 6 features an interesting new feature called Sandbox. What that does is that if any content is suspicious, it will be run in sandbox, a protected environment, where no harm can be done to the OS or your precious data.
This mode is really great if you have downloaded files from the internet which you trust to be authentic, but not so much that you would run them if your antivirus gives a warning. Now you can try them out in this sandbox mode first. Really useful I say ! One other major addition is the web rep tool, which gives reputation to the websites you visit, letting beginners know if a site could be holding malicious content.
You can always download free version of Avast for Windows XP, Vista or 7 on the official site. However, now German computer magazine COM is offering a free giveaway of the Avast Internet Security license. Procedure to download it is pretty simple, first download the English version of the software from here. Then go to the promotion page and enter your name and email address. Afterwards, you will receive the license download link in the email. After downloading the license file from the sent link, unzip the file and double click on it in Windows explorer to register it. License will expire in April 2012 from now on.
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