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Review Avast Pro Antivirus 6

AllAboutCookies independent review of Avast Pro Antivirus 6 edition.

Avast Antivirus 6 is one of the more competent antivirus software solutions in the PC market. Apart from the basic proactive scanning, detection and remediation features, it has reputation rating and heuristics –based sandboxing for protected online transactions. All that for $39.99 and you can understand why it offers one of the best value products in the antivirus market.


Harnessing a combination of scanning, detection, and remediation technologies, Avast Pro Antivirus 6 keeps your PC clean, personal files safe, and intruders at bay. It locates and eliminates existing threats lodged in your PC, as well as detects and defends against any new threats. The program brands several functional features such as:

• WebRep – a proactive URL link scanning facility with color-coded reputation ratings on search results URLS to indicate their relative safety when visiting;
• SafeZone - a virtual desktop tool that essentially sandboxes online shopping or banking transaction to ensure data transfers are protected while protecting your PC;
• AutoSandbox – automatically identifies and opens suspicious applications in a protected virtual computing environment called a sandbox to contain any potential threat within the sandbox
• Security Gadget - a Windows 7 or Vista desktop widget to help keep you informed on the security status of your PC.

Avast! Pro Antivirus 6 boasts of a multi-layered protection system that secures your PC from infection coming from several angles. It protects the PC from spyware, rootkits, worms, Trojans, viruses and malware spread through infected email (both inbound and outbound to protect others and not put you in a blacklist) and instant messaging with an integrated IM shield. It also protects your PC from several known P2P file sharing sources and applications with potential malware threats. And when running a game or movie in full screen, the program goes into automatic silent gaming mode that disables pop-ups or alerts from interrupting your enjoyment of these programs.

The program’s anti-virus action starts with a virus signature database that is automatically updated on a regular basis. The file update uses a special format designed for faster and more efficient download to keep your PC protected with the least use of computing and network resources. But more than that, Avast Pro Antivirus 6 uses an advanced heuristic algorithm to proactively scan and detect malware that can escape conventional database-driven detection systems. Even if a file goes undetected and gets saved on the PC, if they exhibit malware-like behavior, the heuristic engine can identify and prevent it from causing damage to your PC.

The heuristic engine deploys a couple of outstanding features - AutoSandbox and the code emulation. The feature works on 32- and 64-bit systems where your web browser runs in a virtual computing environment so that the program can track file behavior of content traffic coming to your PC. The code emulator allows you to run any suspected application or executable file in the virtualized environment. This is set to automatic mode by default where it prompts you to run suspicious applications in the sandbox. If the suspected file or application behaves like malware, Avast! Pro can detect and remediate it accordingly.

Color-coded reputation rating from its WebRep browser plugin marks the URLs displayed on search results to help you avoid risky sites. The WebRep rating is based on combining anonymous visitor data gathered from the huge Avast CommunityIQ and the opinion ratings provided by fellow WebRep users. As part of the Avast community, your vote about any given website helps other users.

After the first full scan which can take a few minutes to an hour or more depending on your hard disk content volume, the program’s Intelligent Scanner engine scans only those files that have changed, thereby making significant reduction in routing scans and reduces its computer resource footprint.

Installation and Set-up

Avast Pro Antivirus 6 is a breeze to install and configure. It has a pre-installation routine where the program creates a restore point beyond which you are prompted to make a preemptive scan of your PC to rid existing deep seated virus or malware that often interferes with proper anti-virus installation. Thereafter, Installation is straightforward. You can install with the default setting or configure it to your needs. No worries if you make a set-up mistake sing the program provides a “restore factory settings” option.

The antivirus program works in the background, protecting your computer without making any annoying interactive prompts. You won’t even notice that its scans files and programs in real time as you work on your PC. It is designed to operate on all the popular Windows OS flavors and is optimized to take advantage of the latest multi-processor PC engines to run efficiently.

Avast provides both online and in-program technical support. If you have installation and performance issues that in-program user guides can’t answer, just visit its online support pages which contain tutorials, a community forum and knowledgebase. Register on these site so you can send specific questions to its customer support office or just give them a call via its toll-free phone number.

User Interface

The Avast Pro Antivirus 6.9 provides a level of user interface that is no less as practical and user-friendly as any in its price point. Navigating and using its functions are a breeze. In addition, the Avast Windows desktop for Windows 7 and Vista displays a sidebar widget that visually shows your PC’s security status and allows for a quick access to the full application, immediate database updates and SafeZone virtual desktop.

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