IMPORTANT NOTE: Avast BackUp is no longer available to download or purchase. It looks like the product has been retired without any official announcement. Current Avast BackUp users should be still able to use their product.
Avast BackUp is a stand-alone (it doesn’t require Avast antivirus to be installed) cloud & local storage application for your computer running on Windows. It securely uploads data you select (documents, pictures, music, movies, anything) to your private online storage (cloud), or to a ‘offline’ external hard drive. Unfortunately there is no version for mobile phones (neither Android or iOS).
Avast BackUp Stores Your Data Into Secured Online Cloud
There are two default plans when it comes to storage size – 75 GB and 150 GB. Plus you can access to your storage using the standard web browser through the Avast BackUp portal. Please note Avast BackUp is just branded backup from Mozy – MozyHome in particular.
Alternatively you can download the free 30-day trial version with 25 GB storage from the official Avast website. On the opened page click on ‘DOWNLOAD TRIAL VERSION’ and enter your e-mail for obtaining the trial license key.
Backing Up Data with Avast BackUp
The essential feature of Avast BackUp is certainly the actual backup process when your data are uploaded to the online storage. You can select which data you want to backup each time by going to ‘Settings’ » ‘File System’. There simply check the additional files/folders you want to store.
Avast BackUp Data Upload in Progress
The backup process can be set in two ways – a) automatically (default setting) or b) at a scheduled time. Both have the nice advanced options like start backup process only if the CPU usage is lower than X%, or how many times a day you want to backup your data.
Restoring Data with Avast BackUp
If you want to restore any of your backed up files, simply open Avast BackUp and go to ‘Settings’ » ‘Restore’. Or you can right-click on the systray icon and select ‘Restore Files…’.
On the left part you can select files/folder you want to restore. Once you’re done with the selection, chose whether you want to ‘Overwrite existing files’ or ‘Rename copy if original file exists’, then simply click on ‘Restore Files’. Your files are now restored from the cloud.
Avast BackUp Data Restoration Process
Accessing Data Through the Avast BackUp Web Portal
If you want to download your data from the online storage into different computer, you can do it using the Avast BackUp Portal. Portal is located at https://admin.backup.avast.com/. Your login is the e-mail address and password you have entered during the Avast BackUp installation.
In case you have forgot the login password you can reset it at this address https://admin.backup.avast.com/login/forgot.
Avast BackUp Web Portal for Accessing Your Data from Anywhere
Avast BackUp Pricing/Licensing
Avast BackUp is premium product, which means you have to obtain a license key for its usage. You can pick one of the two options where the only difference is the size of the available cloud capacity. We got a little discount for both.
- Lifetime subscription for 75 GB – $59.99 $49.99 ($0.66 for 1 GB)
- Lifetime subscription for 150 GB – $119.99 $99.99 ($0.66 for 1 GB)
The only question we can’t answer in this review, is how to enter the license key into the trial version once you will get the full one. Probably the only way is to uninstall the trial and insert the full license key during the new installation.
Avast BackUp System Requirements
- Operating system Microsoft Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / Server 2003 / Server 2008 (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
- Processor Intel Pentium 4 or above with 1 GHz or more
- 512 MB RAM memory or above
- 1 GB free hard disk space
- Internet connection with at least 128 kbit/s upload speed