Avast has just released new update to the Avast Antivirus 2017. Build version is 17.5.2302. As always with Avast, you can update to the latest version completely for free. If you are not interested in the update details, you can go directly to download links.

The major change is the new feature called Ransomware Shield which is available in the premium products Avast Internet Security and Avast Premier. There is already an Anti-Ransomware Protection (part of the Behavior Shield) in all Avast versions, including the free one. However this is an additional layer which allows user to set up protected folders and list of apps which have read/write access to them.

Another ransomware protection is extremely useful, considering all the latest attacks like WannaCry or Petya. Plus Avast (and AVG) is doing extremely well in terms of protection as it was the only free product which stopped 100% of attacks with 0 false-positives in the recent Real-World Protection Test from AV-Comparatives.

Full list of changes/fixes contains:

  • NEW Ransomware Shield (Internet Security and Premier only) – Additional level of protection against ransomware threats. Automatically creates list of protected folders and only safe apps have access to them.
  • NEW Dashboard Warnings – New system of warnings on the homescreen which allows user to ignore specific issues/warnings like self-defense mode is turned off.
  • IMPROVED Notification Center – Notification center now includes also warnings and counter is added to systray icon (Facebook style).
  • FIXED Firewall – Fixed issues with public profiles in Firewall.
  • FIXED Others – Many other bug fixes and small design improvements.

Avast 2017 July Update Screenshots

Avast Internet Security 2017 July Update – Home Screen

Avast Internet Security 2017 July Update – Home Screen

Avast Internet Security 2017 July Update – Ransomware Shield

Avast Internet Security 2017 July Update – Ransomware Shield

Avast Internet Security 2017 July Update – Systray Notifications

Avast Internet Security 2017 July Update – Systray Notifications

Free Download of Avast 2017 July Update (17.5.2302)

For more information about the program update, checkout our full guide on ‘How to Update Your Avast Antivirus 2017 for Free‘. Alternatively you can download the latest installer from the official Avast servers using the links below.

You can install the latest version on the top of your current one. There is no need to uninstall it first.

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Internet Security 2017 screenshots in this article, new version is available for all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Free Antivirus, Avast Pro Antivirus, or Avast Premier).

Avast 2017 should be compatible with all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Written by Paul B.

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. MaureenKim Reply

    Can I get it for absolutely free here? I am now looking for the safe Antivirus program to protect my computer from possible attacks.

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