Avast is one of the most popular antivirus among Windows users. Avast Software has made available avast! 7 which introduces cloud-based reputation scanning and streaming updates, remote assistance feature and export/import option for configuration settings.
<span style="color:red">Avast! 7 major new features at a glance:
Streaming, real-time virus database updates
File reputation system
Improved Browser Sandboxing
AVAST Management Portal
The cloud-based File Rep (file reputation scan) is linked with the Auto-Sandbox feature. Using this feature, Avast opens suspicious files in the sandbox by default and analyzes it for malicious behavior. Avast 7 now includes a specific feature targeted towards Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system known as the Early-Load Antimalware Driver (ELAM). ELAM is designed to work against system-level rootkits and bootkits.<span style="color:red">
ow to install avast! Free Antivirus</span>
Windows XP as Administrator or as a user with administrator permissions, or your are logged in to Windows 7 or Windows Vista as Administrator (i.e. not a user with administrator permissions), double-click the setup file to begin the installation process,
.and if prompted by User Account Control dialog for permissions, click \'Yes\' (or \'Continue\' in Windows Vista) to begin the installation process.
For a few seconds you will briefly see the setup process copy the installation files to your computer.
When avast! Setup Wizard starts you will see a welcome screen. Preferred language for the installation can be changed by clicking on the current language shown on the top right corner. Before continuing with the installation of avast! Free Antivirus 7.x please read the User License Agreement.
Then choose what type of installation do you preffer:
Click the \'Express Install\' button in the middle of the welcome screen to proceed with default installation of avast! Free Antivirus 7.x in preferred language, and with minimal user interaction during the setup process.
The avast! Setup Wizard will create a system restore point, then will display an installation progress bar,
.and afterwards will perform a quick scan of your system. Depending upon the speed of your machine, it may take a few minutes to complete.
After the installation is sucessfully completed click \'Finish\' to exit avast! Setup Wizard.
avast! user interface is accessible via orange ball icon
in your system tray or orange shortcut icon on your Windows Desktop.