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#1 Josef1994

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 12:19 PM

Hi,

 

Can somebody tell me whether I can download Avast! from their official site?

 

I simply do not trust cnet.

 

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 12:33 PM

Avast does redirect to cnet. Which we both don't trust as well as many others that don't either. So we aren't alone. One site I have yet to hear negative comments about. But who knows for how much longer is filehippo.

The download is available there: http://filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 12:50 PM

Is Avast! the best free antivirus out there?



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Posted 22 October 2014 - 01:09 PM

That is a subjective question. Since no two people browse and use their machines the same way. There isn't a one size freeware application that works for everyone.

I suggest you take a look at this link: Answers to common security questions - Best Practices Choosing an Anti-Virus Program

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 03:05 PM

These are also trusted download sites.
* Avast! Free Antivirus alternate download link 1
* Avast! Free Antivirus alternate download link 2
* Avast! Free Antivirus direct download from avast!
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:25 PM

Since it's a new release, you can go to their forum site (announcement) and download.....no CNET there. Worked fine for me. Good luck!



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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:52 PM

Those links are in this topic. The free version link is the direct download I provided above.
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 06:16 AM

If you do not trust a Windows executable you downloaded, you can check its digital signature.

I explain this here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/519715/instructional-video-checking-the-digital-signature-of-windows-executables/

 

In your case, check the digital signature of the file you downloaded from CNET. Check if it is valid, and that it is signed by AVAST, not CNET.

If this is the case, then you know CNET did not change the file.


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:42 AM

If you do not trust a Windows executable you downloaded, you can check its digital signature.
I explain this here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/519715/instructional-video-checking-the-digital-signature-of-windows-executables/
 
In your case, check the digital signature of the file you downloaded from CNET. Check if it is valid, and that it is signed by AVAST, not CNET.
If this is the case, then you know CNET did not change the file.

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More downloading tips (including the above) and Best practices in this topic: About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)
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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:54 PM

If you are afraid to download from other sites aside from their official website then download it from their site. All you need to do is to register with an email addess once per year. You can also try paid version for 30 days, free of charge.



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 10:06 PM

If you are afraid to download from other sites aside from their official website then download it from their site...

In this case the Avast Free web site (download page) redirects to CNET which is why we provided alternate links.
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Posted 13 January 2015 - 03:09 PM

I tried to download and install Avast in Nov 2014 but it didn't work.

Just tried again and got an error message re invalid signature but

went ahead anyway. Then got an Avast error message that I had to

close the install and reboot so lost whatever it had done so far.

When I checked the downloader properties it said "Digital signature

Avast software" no email address.
Later tonight I'll try the Avast download site from 'quietman7' .

Just so you know I still have dial up so it will take 5+ hours to download

but oh well that's what it's like in the woods. If I do it at night there's less

chance of server reset and fewer demands on the server.
 

I have an actual question too but it doesn't belong here so I'll let you know

if I get the Avast program to work this time .

This is my first post so be nice. :killcomp:



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Posted 13 January 2015 - 03:46 PM

:welcome: to Bleeping Computer.

If you have to download large files on dial-up which can take many hours, be aware that sometimes they can become corrupted. I live in a rural area and often have to take my notebook to the city (or library), download what I need to a usb stick and go back home to install on my Desktop.
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Posted 13 January 2015 - 04:02 PM

If you use firefox you can use the download them all add-on which will allow you to resume downloads if they fail because your connection drops.

 

Avast uses streaming updates so I don't know how that will affect your connection.;

 



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Posted 13 January 2015 - 04:07 PM

I use Firefox and have used that add on (and others) for that very reason. It seems to work fine in most cases but I have found with extra large files, it does not always work as intended and I still end up with corrupt files. Good suggestion though.
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