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:
- Run the in-product update, which is pretty straightforward and it only takes five simple steps which are explained below
- Alternatively you can Download the Avast 2016 Offline Update Files and apply update manually
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 Open your Avast and go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘Update.‘ In the tab ‘PROGRAM,‘ you can check if your Avast is outdated or not – if so, you will see a message ‘A new version of the program is available!’.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 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 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 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 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 Update
Updating 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 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 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 Home Edition v4.8 (4.8.1368) – Note that Avast Free Antivirus was called ‘Home Edition‘ back in 2009
- Avast Free Antivirus 2010 or v5 (5.1.889)
- Avast Free Antivirus 2011 or v6 (6.0.1367)
- Avast Free Antivirus 2012 or v7 (7.0.1474)
- Avast Free Antivirus 2013 or v8 (8.0.1497)
- Avast Free Antivirus 2014 or v9 (9.0.2021)
- Avast Free Antivirus 2015 or v10 (10.4.2233)
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.
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:
- How to Update Your Avast Antivirus to Version 2013 (for going from version 7 to 8)
- How to Update Your Avast Antivirus to Version 2014 (for going from version 8 to 2014)
- How to Update Your Avast Antivirus 2015 (for going from version 2015 to 2016)