Avast! Antivirus 5.1 – Features and Review

Well I guess you read the title, now lets get down to the point!
First of all, I am not gonna bullshit you about which is the best antivirus in the world, you all have tried out your share of trial and error with antiviruses. So have i, but when i say you will be more than happy with this product after you install it, then you have my word for it!

So lets bring up the feature list, so that you will have a proper idea of how this product actually works for you.

1. Memory Consumption

First of all let me say, the product is very light on your resources. I have personally tested and found out that avast Firewall uses 1,000K of your memory and avast Service uses less than 3000K and avast user interface also uses less than 3000K. Total that up and you get 7,000K memory usage. Even if you take the well known KASPERSKY, the avp process alone takes about 30,000K of memory. You dont even want me to talk about NORTON and BITDEFENDER because their memory usage is off the charts. You want to know how to check your memory usage then press Ctrl+Shift+Esc, that will bring you to the Windows Task Manager, from there select the processes tab and you will learn how much memory each application is currently consuming on your system.

2. Real Time Protection

To talk about real time protection, well no need to worry about that because there will be a lot of Shields running to protect your system from any kind of malware attack. Just to name a few there’s the File, Mail, Web, P2P, IM, Network, Script and Behaviour Shields. Antispam and Site Blocking is also included. In addition you also get the Process Virtualization where you get to run any type of application that you suspect will harm your system to run it a safe environment isolated from your system.

3. Firewall

The avast FIREWALL is one of the top class firewalls you rarely get to see in any antivirus. This firewall’s most prominent feature is that it can graphically track the geographic region of the IP address connecting to your system. You can actually see from which Country or State the connection is coming from. Cool, isnt it!! It also resolves the names of the IP addresses for you at the press of a button for the ease of recognizing its identity. Application rules and basic firewall settings are automatically configured.

4. Scanning

Scanning is quick and easy too. No need to be a rocket scientist to learn it. Standard scanning methods include: Quick, Full, Removable Media Scan and Custom Scan. For more stubborn viruses and rootkits avast becomes a hardass too and gives you the legendary Boot time scan which runs before even the OS is loaded so that there’s no time to escape for viruses.

5. Updates

The maintenance of the antivirus is pretty hassle free. Virus definitions and Program updates are automatically perfomed. License is automatically inserted at the time of installation.

6. User Interface

The Interface of avast is pretty slick and sexy. People who are looking for any cool features in avast…uh-huh…wot..come on, its avast we are talking about. Yes there’s this new feature which i kept from all of you to talk about it in the last. Its the avast Sounds system. You ever wondered which antiviruses are those promoted in the movies which have a female voice telling you that the scan has finished, updates have been performed. Yes that feature has been recently integrated in avast and it is just fascinating to hear that voice.

So what are you waiting for, try out the new Avast 5.1 and experience Computer Protection at its best! πŸ™‚


  • Avast antivirus is simply the best for my system. I have never had any problem with my computer system since I have installed Avast Antivirus. But one problem may arise that sometimes it slows your system.

  • Gautam A.D.

    thanx for passing your comment @Web Design LA Spinx. i use avast too…and i have had no problems with it. the new avast is fast and loads quickly on boot!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • I usually prefer Avira antivirus personal as its free and also so far it has the best detection rate I have ever seen. Will check out this version of Avast.
    Thanks for the information.

  • Gautam A.D.

    yes i agree avira is good but sometimes it gives a lot of false positives i.e. it flags files as virus which are actually not. moreover avira personal doesnt include a firewall. i would prefer avira premium or security suite!!! thanx for the comment and i agree avira has a good detection rate too! enjoy reading at chaaps!!! πŸ™‚

  • Currently i used AVG anti-virus program but Avast have really good features, i will use it.

  • Gautam A.D.

    thanx for the appreciation Z Fold. i hope you really like the new avast! πŸ™‚

  • I have been using Avast for sometime now. It has been pretty reliable, been saved from quite a few malicious sites. I have not had a chance to upgrade to the 5.1 version.

  • Purchaser of settltement, you may want to try reinstalling avast! uninstall the previous version and install the 5.1 version. i know upgrading can be pretty frustrating sometimes!!

  • after microsoft instroduced MS security essential , i dont think avast and other paid AV stand a chance

    • true iPad2, i heard MS security essentials is doing good! but i go with the idea ‘if it is free, it is not good’.

  • Free antivirus from microsoft is always good when it comes with genuine windows 7 .. no compatibility issues and my worskstation works smooth …

  • everybody, AVAST 6.0 has been officially released. Come check it out on http://www.avast.com/index

  • Many thanks for the share. I really love the latest avast.