New Avast version 2016 R1 SP1 has been released, and you may be wondering how to update your Avast Antivirus. Luckily, you can do the program update completely for free. With some other vendors, you would need to actually pay for the update, but not with Avast.

You can perform the update process using one of these two options:

1. Begin the Program Update Process

If your version is out-dated, or if you aren’t sure, you can easily check to see if there is a newer one available. Open your Avast and go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘Update.‘ In the tab ‘PROGRAM,‘ you can check if your Avast is outdated or not – if so, you will see a message ‘A new version of the program is available!’. To begin the actual update process, simply click on the ‘Update‘ button.

Updating Avast Version 2016 – Starting the Update Process from Program InterfaceUpdating Avast Version 2016 – Starting the Update Process from Program Interface

You can also perform the program update via the system tray. There, you will find the orange Avast icon, right-click on it, select ‘Update,‘ and then ‘Program.

Updating Avast Version 2016 – Starting the Update Process from Windows SystrayUpdating Avast Version 2016 – Starting the Update Process from Windows Systray

Sometimes, Avast will display a yellow pop-up message informing you about the new program version, and a direct ‘Update now‘ button.

Avast 2016 Update Pop-up NotificationAvast 2016 Update Pop-up Notification

2. Select the Update Type

Before the update process starts, you may get asked to select the type of the program update:

  • Essential update – Standard update of the Avast Free Antivirus with no product change
  • Essential update + Internet Security – Update which switches you to Avast Internet Security which you may try free for 20 days

It’s totally up to you which update you pick. However, it may be useful to checkout all the advanced features for secure shopping in Avast Internet Security, for free.

Updating Avast Version 2016 – Selecting Update TypeUpdating Avast Version 2016 – Selecting Update Type

3. Finish the Update Process and Restart Your Computer

Wait until program finishes the update, and after that just restart your computer. You can do it by yourself or by clicking on the button ‘Yes‘ after the program update is downloaded. Do not try to use Avast before you restart your computer.

Updating Avast Version 2016 – Downloading Program UpdateUpdating Avast Version 2016 – Downloading Program Update

Updating Avast Version 2016 – Restarting ComputerUpdating Avast Version 2016 – Restarting Computer

4. Complete the Update Process

After you restart the computer, following post-update screen will appear. It usually contains some additional offers for Avast products like Avast Cleanup and more information about the applied program update. To close this screen and start using Avast antivirus just click on the orange ‘Continue‘ button.

Completing Avast 2016 Update – Post-Update ScreenCompleting Avast 2016 Update – Post-Update Screen

5. Enjoy Peace of Mind with the Latest Version

That’s it, now you should be running on the latest version. You can check that by going to ‘Settings‘ » ‘Update,‘ where you shouldn’t see any message about new versions available, though you will always see the ‘Update‘ button.

Update of Avast Version 2016 Finished – No Newer Version is AvailableUpdate of Avast Version 2016 Finished – No Newer Version is Available

Free Download of Previous/Older Version of Avast

If for any reason you would like to go back to your previous version, you need to uninstall the program, get the installer for the previous version, and install Avast again. Getting the installer for your previous version may be quite hard as Avast officially offers only the latest version for download.

However, you can still find older versions on some servers like FileHippo (see right column called “Old Versions”). Older Avast version are still receiving the virus definitions updates, same as the latest one.

Here are the free download links for the popular older versions which are still working

Avast Program Update Release History

Cover every Avast program update which has been released would take many pages. But if you want to check it, you can find it on the official Avast forum. You will find there release dates and changes from 2012 (version 7) to the actual one.

The Difference Between Update and Upgrade Explained

Some users are confused with the terms update vs. upgrade. So here is the difference:

  • Update – Means actualization to the latest version of the same product. In the case of Avast products, it’s completely free.
  • Upgrade – Means migration to a better product from the same vendor. Obviously, upgrades are paid.

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2016 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, or Avast Premier) running the latest version available.

Steps are relevant for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (including Anniversary Update).

Looking for information how to update Avast virus definitions (VPS) manually/offline? Check out our how-to guide on Avast virus definitions update – How to Manually/Offline Update Avast Virus Definitions (VPS) for Free.

If you’re looking for a guide on updating Avast older versions check the links below:

Written by Paul B. | Team

My name is Paul and I love Avast since the Home Edition v4.8 (2008). I am recommending it to all my friends, but I realized they don't know how to use it. So I started this site in order to help others getting maximum from this awesome antivirus. Feel free to contact me via Facebook, comments below or this form.

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  1. pratyaksh Reply

    after clicking update the process freezes on the step 1/3. it does not go further. please help

  2. Jared Reply

    I just installed my license for the paid version with internet security and clean up. I now cannot access my school website, or even the gmail website. I get an error stating “connection timed out.” I’ve tried adding the school site as an exception, but no change. When I temporarily disable Avast, I can access everything fine. Please help! I’m an online student and need access to these things, but don’t want to have wasted nearly $50 on protection for it.

    Thank you!

    • Paul B. | Team Reply

      Hi Jared,

      Sounds like you are having issues with the HTTPS scanning. First try to update your Avast to the latest version. If it won’t help go to settings » Active Protection » Web Shield » Customize and uncheck ‘Enable HTTPS scanning’ » OK.

      • John McCann Reply

        Sounds like you are having issues with the HTTPS scanning. First try to update your Avast to the latest version. If it won’t help go to settings » Active Protection » Web Shield » Customize and uncheck ‘Enable HTTPS scanning’ » OK.
        Thank You
        I cannot see the option “uncheck ‘Enable HTTPS scanning’ » OK”

  3. patricia Reply

    Hi,when I try to update my anti virus it says configuration data is corrupt &contact support personell.

  4. zadia Reply

    My avast antivirus as completely blocked me from the internet ……I don’t know what to do

  5. Ed K. Reply

    Ran the free avast program for years, and I installed an avast update on 10/13. Immediately it identified several programs I need as “threats” and prevented them from running. Shut down avast, removed it from the computer and spent time uninstalling and reinstalling several programs. Google chrome doesn’t freeze as much with avast gone but that could be unrelated. Currently using AVG trial, when that expires undecided. Not sure if I would try avast again.

  6. venaja Reply

    Avast says I don’t have any Internet connection when trying to update the application. But, here I am typing away so obviously I have Internetconnection. There is no Firewall blocking the traffic and there used to be no problem before. Something has suddenly changed.

  7. michael halpern Reply

    I just upgraded to Pro after many years of using the free version. After the required reboot, I could not type my Windows 8.1 password (or anything) into the opening screen password box! Startled the dickens out of me. After some clicking around on this I discovered the Ease of Access selection which enabled me to open the on-screen keyboard. Using this I succeeded in getting the system to accept my password. Searching this problem using Chrome I found similar complaints dating back several years.

    I’m afraid that if I have to reboot I will experience the same problem – being locked out of my system would be a disaster.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.

  8. Mohammad Reply

    I had downloaded avast virus protection and i had bought a serial number i.e. I am registered , but my problem we have not always internet so i can’t update my program, my question is there like a veria such a bundle of manual update?

  9. Carol Reply

    I have upgraded my free avast to the new version to get rid of the “Avast Web Shield has blocked a harmful webpage or file” 3″ x 3″ block it still pops up every second, its annoying and in the way. Why do I need to know that it blocked something? It also is making it hard to open files as it says my “security setting” won’t allow it. I have changed it numerous times to no avail. I think it is the pop up. How do I get this off? I’ve looked into numerous ways listed online but nothing is working. Help!

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