Continue using Avast Antivirus for free

Extending the free license for Avast Antivirus is a very simple task that requires only a few clicks.

Avast Free Antivirus is one of the best security tools available. Sure, it has its quirks and unneeded components, but the single most confusing thing is updating the free license after your first year completes. Here’s how to continue using Avast Antivirus for free, forever (yearly registration still required).

A short video about renewing Avast Free Antivirus license for another year

Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to continue using Avast Free Antivirus. Although the latest version is 2020, the procedure has been the same for years now. More details are below the video.

How to extend Avast Free Antivirus license

Avast Antivirus will let you know when your free license is about to expire or is already expired.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Your license has expired. Click Continue.

The license expiry dialog offers to continue for free on the left.

Click the gray Select button to continue.

Avast Free Antivirus, Your license expires. Click ‘Select’ in the Avast Free Antivirus column.

Here’s an example of what the Select your security level dialog looks like when your Avast license has expired.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, Select your security level. Click the gray ‘Select’ button on the left.

But wait, there’s more – Avast is not letting you off the hook that easily. 😉

First, a discount offer appears. Close it unless you plan to upgrade to paid, enhanced protection by Avast.

Avast Free Antivirus, Thank you for activating, Your loyalty pays off. Close the offer.

To assure you that a paid version is even better, Avast then offers a free trial instead.
Choose it if you want to – you can downgrade to the free version after the 60-day period is over.

But to continue using the free version, close the second offer, too.

Avast Free Antivirus, How about a free trial. Close the second offer.

The second offer changes sometimes, so it could also be looking like the screenshot below.

Avast Free Antivirus 2019, free trial offer

And that’s it! You now have another year of Avast Free Antivirus.

Please do not forget to configure the most important settings of Avast Free Antivirus.

Checking Avast Free Antivirus registration information

One can always see how many days of the free license are left.

Right-click Avast system tray icon in Taskbar Notification area and choose Registration information.

Avast Free Antivirus, system tray right-click menu. Choose ‘Registration information’.

Avast user interface appears and opens the My licenses dialog. See the Licenses on this PC section for registration information.

Avast Free Antivirus, My licenses