Solved Avast Free 4.8 Still Updating Past Deadline

September 26, 2011 at 00:00:02
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I posted this in the How-To's but thought I would post it here as well for visibility, and in case it doesn't make it into the How-To postings.

Avast Free 4.8 was supposed to cease updates either a) at the end of 2009, then 2010, or b) when Avast 6 was released, according to this thread on their forum:

Nevertheless, I installed it on one of my test Windows 98 systems today, and it proceeded to download and install the latest definitions (44MB), updating the original SETUPENG.EXE from November 2009 to today.

See here: and here

This is critical for any 95/NT 4.0/98/98SE/ME users as this is the final version that will run on these versions. It's also better than the older versions of Avast! because it contains resident shield.

The free version is good for renewal every year ONLY IF YOU APPLY FOR A FREE LICENSE here: Otherwise it will expire after only 60 days!

If you want to download Avast 4.8.1368, it is available on FileHippo at or on my site:

iMac G5 1.8GHz PPC, 2GB RAM, 160GB, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8, SuperDrive

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September 26, 2011 at 13:51:30
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Yep, its still updating on my little used W98SE too.

I had a bit of trouble re-registering it last time but it seems you sometimes have to be very patient and sit back to await the eventual email with the key. Off you go again after that.

It's quite amazing that they are still looking after Win 9x users.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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September 26, 2011 at 20:38:34
Don't know what the official plan is for support but being that it is a FREE product we should definitely be grateful and I am. If you check operating system statistics (, Windows 98 is still around, maybe there is renewed interest due to the availability of KernelEx.

Also interesting is the fact that you can still access old versions of Avast Free if you utilize the Wayback Machine. January 17, 2010 was the last archived date of their webpage before 5.0 was released and if you take a look, the antivirus is still downloadable (at the bottom of the page):

Heck, if you go back to the April 3, 2003 you can get the final DOS and Windows 3.x compatible version (it's only a demo and it expires after 90 days!):

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September 28, 2011 at 11:53:03

I would think that if you get the e-mail with the registration key, you could put the key in a safe place in case you ever need to reinstall it. Aren't keys tied to the original owner of the license? I think I recall being able to reuse my key when I reinstalled Windows 98. Then you don't need to wait for the e-mail each time.

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September 28, 2011 at 14:12:48
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You might be right - probably some sort of muddle, or even finger trouble.
I contacted Avast about it at the time and they wrote back saying the fix was to install the full pro version - naturally I didn't LOL.

I did save the latest key (and a previous one) so we'll see next time.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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