Discontinued support for Avast Antivirus version 8.0.1497 and lower - FAQs

As of May 31st, 2015, Avast no longer provides patches or technical support for versions 8.0.1497 and lower of Avast Antivirus home products line. Please update to the latest version so you can benefit from the enhanced features and higher detection rates that protect your computer from malicious attacks.

Which versions are no longer supported?

Support is discontinued for versions 8.0.1497 and lower of the following products: Avast Free Antivirus, Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, and Avast Premier.

How can I update the program version?

If you are running an older version of Avast Antivirus, you can easily move to the latest version.

  1. Right-click the Avast system tray icon on your Windows taskbar.
  2. Select Update from the menu and then click Program.

For detailed instructions please read the following article:

Why should I update the program version?

People using older versions will continue to receive virus definition updates and be protected. However, we recommend everyone to upgrade to the new version to benefit from better detection rates and new features. This update is also recommended because the latest version is compatible with Microsoft Windows 10.

Why are older versions no longer supported?

Over the past 3 years, Avast engineers have improved our database of known virus definitions, the mechanism in which zero- day and widespread malware are detected, and the frequency of streaming updates sent to our customers. The latest Avast Antivirus, with its unique Home Network Security feature which scans your home network for potential risks, is our best performing security product yet.

Please update to the latest version so you can benefit from the enhanced features and higher detection rates that protect your computer from malicious attacks. This update is also recommended because the latest version is compatible with Microsoft Windows 10.

Keeping Avast Antivirus up to date gives you the best protection and the smoothest user experience. Among the advantages:

  • Better detection rates
  • Easier technical support
  • We fixed bugs and problems that still might exist on your current version
  • Receive further program updates to ensure best protection

Can I still receive virus definition updates on versions which are no longer supported?

Yes - People using older versions will continue to receive virus definition updates and be protected. However, we recommend everyone to upgrade to the new version to benefit from better detection rates and new features.

Can I contact Avast Support when I am using a version which is no longer supported?

If you prefer an older version of Avast Antivirus and require technical support, our support team will ask you to update the product first before we can assist you.

What if I continue to use a version of Avast Antivirus which is no longer supported?

People using older versions will continue to receive virus definition updates and be protected. However, we recommend everyone to upgrade to the new version to benefit from better detection rates and new features.

If you prefer an older version of Avast Antivirus and require technical support, our support team will ask you to update the product first before we can assist you.

  • Avast Premier 8.0.1497 and lower
  • Avast Internet Security 8.0.1497 and lower
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 8.0.1497 and lower
  • Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.1497 and lower
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 2, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition - Service Pack 3, 32-bit

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