Avast! Version 7 is a popular anti-virus software and the company claims 150,107,324 users worldwide. Some of its features are as follows:
Streaming, real-time virus database updates
You get each virus signature sent to you in real-time via connection to the AVAST Virus Lab cloud, rather than needing to wait for a traditional database update. Your database will be continuously updated with latest definitions.
File reputation system
FileRep lets you know whether a file is safe before you open it – determined in part by how many people have the file and how new the file is. The technology is also used internally, to help the scanning engine make more intelligent decisions.
Suspicious programs are now automatically placed inside the avast! Sandbox. When the program finishes, a comprehensive report is generated and, based on the program’s behavior, you are given a recommendation on how to treat it in the future.
Enabled by a single click of the mouse, it allows you to completely isolate the browser from the rest of the system – even if the browser gets hijacked, your system stays clean.
The version 7 WebRep browser plugins provide greater protection against phishing sites, including heuristics detection of new phishing sites. Also, we can now detect fake/planted SSL certificates, preventing man-in-the-middle attacks against https sites. Additionally, we have extended browser support to Apple™ Safari™.
Available only in Pro Antivirus and Internet Security, SafeZone™ is your ultimate clean and secure window for financial transactions, now auto-prompts you and moves to the SafeZone from your regular browser.
avast! Account portal
Your web-based avast! Account portal is your personal directory for all your avast! related data. It allows you to track all your avast! installations, complete with their health data, status information, and useful statistics.
Easy-to-use user interface
The avast! user interface has been optimized to be more intuitive and easy to use and every aspect of the software can be customized to your individual needs.
Your avast! software can now be installed in Compatibility Mode, meaning that it will run perfectly along with your other antivirus software to act as a second line of defense. And even if you install avast! in normal mode, you are given the possibility to install the components you really need.
Windows 8 Beta compatible
avast! 7 runs great on Windows 8 and even has some cool new Windows 8 specific features, such as the Early-Load Antimalware Driver (ELAM), which snaps into the Windows 8 Secure Boot process to provide additional protection against system-level rootkits and bootkits.