It is very a very simple program to install and use once setup and it is also fully automated. Using frequent automatic updates it continuously protects your computer with little intervention required by the user.
It includes the following components and features:
Anti-spyware, Anti-rootkit, Antivirus kernel, Automatic updates, Integrated Virus Cleaner, International Languages, Network Shield, P2P and IM Shields, Resident protection, Simple User Interface, Strong self-protection, Support for 64-bit Windows Systems, System integration, Virus Chest, Web Shield.
An on-demand scanner with a simple user interface, just select what do you want and how you want to scan and press the Play button.
An on access scanner, with provision to protect most e-mail clients.
Instant messaging protection.
Network traffic with intrusion detection and a lightweight firewall.
P2P protection for Kazaa, BitTorrent etc.
Web shield which monitors and filters all HTTP traffic.
NNTP scanner which scans all Usenet Newsgroup traffic and all operations with files on your PC.
Boot time scanner which scans disks in the same way Windows CHKDSK does.
This software provides the same protection of many well-known anti-virus programs, but it is completely free and uses very low resources, even though it is constantly monitoring all of your connections and activities.
It protects your PC and network with multiple shields that scan executables and files. You can select the parameters for scanning, and even choose wildcards excluding specific file types. You can adjust the sensitivity level for the program’s detectors when scanning downloaded files, instant messages, emails, and most P2P’s. It has an efficient interface allowing users to tweak its settings to offer advanced level protection whether you are a novice or a seasoned user.
It also has a boot-time anti-virus scan, which can take a little time but you can exit it if you don’t want to wait by hitting the Esc key. If any malicious contents are detected, Avast is equipped with some very useful virus clean-up tools. You can also block certain URLs and file operations, such as writing to files, renaming, deleting or formatting them.
It offers immediate real-time protection, regular updates, and so much more that it is certainly worth using.