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Is there a version of free AVAST for Windows 98SE ?

by Rhonda_Random / December 1, 2010 5:36 AM PST

Greetings, all.

I found the DOWNLOAD button for the free version, but can't see any documentation re: operating systems. Can someone kindly direct me to the proper link for the free Avast version that will work on Windows 98SE?

Many thanks.

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Let me google that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2010 5:59 AM PST
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Bah bah bah
by Rhonda_Random / December 2, 2010 6:20 AM PST
In reply to: Let me google that.

Bob, thanks anyway for replying.

Anybody else got any ideas? I'm trying to google this stuff myself, but am not too good at it yet.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 2, 2010 6:27 AM PST
In reply to: Bah bah bah

I missed if the question has changed to "What antivirus for Windows 98SE?"

If so, we have the find Cnet Spyware and virus forum which gets asked that every few weeks.

Until you find those other discussions you can try

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I'm running clamwin . . .
by Coryphaeus / December 5, 2010 3:21 AM PST

on my little ThinkPad (circa 1997) running W98SE. It's light, easy on resources, and I hope it works. LOL If it doesn't work I'll just reformat and reinstall W98SE.

BTW, if this W98SE computer is your only one and contains sensitive or irreplaceable data, I suggest you get your head examined.

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(NT) I plan to try clamwin
by bus / December 25, 2010 7:45 AM PST
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there is a program called kernelEX
by bus / December 25, 2010 8:10 AM PST

That is suppose to allow XP programs to run on win98 OS. If you are comfortable trying strange things and have no problem if you end up with a brick instead of a computer give it a try. I have not tried it yet and I only suggest it for the truly daring.

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by dave3227 / February 5, 2011 3:47 AM PST

Kernel ex works fine for me. It is well behaved and can be removed easily if you want to. It will let you run many things including Firefox 3 and Adobe Flash. Nothing to be worried about.

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by jordenwilliam85 / December 24, 2010 9:03 PM PST

why you are using the outdated version of OS use XP and you will get a free trial version of avast to use.

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Outdated operating system!! I'm offended . . .
by Coryphaeus / December 26, 2010 10:41 AM PST
In reply to: antivirus

My 1997 ThinkPad 385CD is running W98SE nicely, upgraded from W95. And using ClamWin. And it connects to my home network perfectly to my XP Pro and W7 Ultimate PCs. I use a Linksys 16 bit PC LAN card.

W98SE always gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling. It, uh, (choke, tears) "takes me back". It won't surf worth a crap but it boots in 45 seconds.

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Me too
by adilatcnet / June 24, 2012 5:00 PM PDT

W98SE give me that feeling too Happy

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Thank you for this question!
by chaosblessed / May 18, 2011 8:39 AM PDT

I had the same problem, and thanks to that Kernelex program one of the responders posted, I can now run windows 2000 and windowsxp programs! Yay!!!!!

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KernelEx and Anti-Virus
by ojmn / May 27, 2011 2:01 PM PDT


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by chaosblessed / May 18, 2011 8:41 AM PDT

Thank you sooooooooo much for posting this, you just made my day, I finally can run programs on this windows 98 ppc (I'm not of financial means to afford a new computer, so this is verrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy appreciated!)

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Avast 4.8.1368...
by jahnjahn / June 25, 2011 8:48 AM PDT
In reply to: THANK YOU!!!!

still gets virus updates and works fine on Win98. In fact, I just renewed my free license and it is good 'til July 1, 2012. Of course, the virus updates may not continue that long. It appears that Avast has some paid commercial users still running Win98 who can't easily or economically upgrade to newer OS's, so they are continuing the virus updates for now. This is good news for the free users, too.

Sure, this will eventually come to an end. Currently, BitDefender 8 and ClamWin are the only two other free AV programs I know of that still support Win98, but both are demand scanners only and provide no real time protection.

But, there's still hope with ClamWin. A dedicated Win98 user has developed a program called Clam Sentinel which acts as a real time front end for ClamWin, and has additional heuristic capabilities which increase malware detection by as much as 60-70%. Rumor has it that ClamWin 1.x will include Clam Sentinel for it's real time scanning/protection. Time will tell.

Preparing for the future, I am already running all three: Avast and ClamWin with Clam Sentinel integrated. Yes, these two real time AVs can coexist with a few simple modifications. If anyone is interested in details, please ask.


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AVAST Home Edition 4.8 free for Windows 98SE
by tedlaj / January 3, 2016 7:56 AM PST

One can download Avast Free Home Edition 4.8 from any number of places.
Just google "avast 4.8 free download" and choose your preferred site.

You can then get a one year license from:

It will be emailed to you with instructions on how to enter it.
Keep this link because you will need it again one year from now.


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