Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26501 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    340,509,559
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,174,395
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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Editors' Review

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Avast Free Antivirus 2015 has added utilities to an already comprehensive set of security tools. The new Smart Scan detects vulnerabilities in your home network, checks for program updates, and fixes PC performance issues with just one click. Avast continues to improve its anti-malware protection, as well as making it easier to manage security for multiple devices via the Web client.

Pros

Prevention is the best medicine: Avast Free Antivirus' new Smart Scan scours your system looking for viruses and exploits. It also finds software updates for installed programs, checks the security of your connected network, and determines whether you can change anything to improve your PC's performance. This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.

Security that goes with you: The My Avast online console has been improved, allowing you to easily install Avast from any computer, without having to dig around for the license key. Secure HTTPS Scan prevents cunning phishing attacks that redirect your browser from trusted websites to compromised ones. Secure Line VPN is a built-in VPN client that is easy to set up, with reliable service and speed to ensure you're safe online, even when connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, hotels, or airports.

Effortless installation: This year's Avast Free Antivirus features the same speedy installation as the last edition. You can customize your protection and program options, but the express setup -- including the initial scan -- took less than a couple minutes in our tests.

Cons

Improvement is still the goal: In tests by independent security lab AV-Comparatives, Avast has drifted down the ranks in terms of detection compared to last year. That is not to say its antivirus protection is unreliable -- Avast's antivirus engine still beats most competitors -- but this year a few competitors score more highly.

Short VPN trial: Most users won't know if the VPN service is suitable for them after just a three-day trial period.

Free but not entirely: Avast touts some impressive tools in its free antivirus app, but unfortunately most of these utilities have their full functionality locked behind a paywall. AccessAnywhere, a remote-access client that could help IT-savvy users troubleshoot problems remotely, requires an Avast Premier license. Grimefighter, an optimization tool, scans for performance-impacting issues and prompts you for a subscription payment without disclosing the exact details of its findings.

Bottom Line

Avast Free Antivirus' 2015 updates continue to set the app apart -- it's not just an antivirus program; it's a complete security kit with prevention tools and an all-encompassing scan engine. While Smart Scan will go a long way to prevent problems and the antivirus engine is solid, Avast could stand to refocus its efforts on virus detection. And with most of its features locked behind a subscription, Avast Free Antivirus will identify troubles in your system for free but will fix only some of them.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 138 votes

    • 5 star 110
    • 4 star 17
    • 3 star 3
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    • 1 star 6
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    out of 26501 votes

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    • 4 star 4792
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 482
    • 1 star 1068
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5 stars

"Free, effective, minimal drag on PC resources"

December 21, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Of course, it's free.
Upgrade options are fairly priced and have a lot to offer.
Hardly uses any computing resources.
VERY customizable.
Has never forced me to make any particular actions like Norton/McAfee have.
Have rarely had any confusing issues, but the support site actually has sensible answers.

Cons

So far, none, really. The online app has been very useful, but sometimes loads very late into a page and interrupts a video or something.

Summary

This is probably the best one out there. I can't say if the free version is the best free AV, but the paid editions are absolutely the best deal you can find.

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5 stars

"Great product."

December 21, 2014  |  By boredxbox360er

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Easy to use,automatic updates and its free.

Cons

i have not really found any cons.

Summary

i recommend it to friends and family who are in need of a good anti virus.i have use it for at least 5 years or more.

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5 stars

"Best free antivirus out there."

December 21, 2014  |  By virgilio12

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Stability.

Cons

You have to pay for premium features.

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1 stars

"I have come to hate it."

December 21, 2014  |  By normanhill16

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

It has none.

Cons

It is ****

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5 stars

"works great"

December 21, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Works great I just let the program do its job.

Cons

I don't have any issues at this time.

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5 stars

"Best free Antivirus."

December 20, 2014  |  By JoshPhillySportsFan1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Has wifi network scanning and has a scan option so you can scan for Virus's and Malware both at the same time. Doesn't slow down my laptop like Norton did.

Cons

None so far!

Summary

Avast is the best free Antivirus. I use to have Norton 360 on my laptop but Norton slowed my laptop down. Now I use Avast Free Antivirus and Windows Firewall I also use iobit Malware Fighter free version for some back up protection and so far I haven't had any problems with my laptop. I even use Avast Free Mobile Protection on my Android devices I highly recommend using Avast Free Antivirus.

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4 stars

"Works OK; CPU hog, especially on startup"

December 20, 2014  |  By ssfahrer

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Cuts web pages off if security threat found.

Cons

Takes more CPU than one might expect for such a product.

Summary

It's worth the price: FREE....

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5 stars

"The Very Best Anti Virus"

December 20, 2014  |  By sandu_kan

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

The Very Best Anti Virus

Cons

The Very Best Anti Virus

Summary

The Very Best Anti Virus

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5 stars

"Best free antivirus you can get"

December 20, 2014  |  By avast2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Alerts when a potentially harmful website has been accessed. Monitors programs and reminds you to update them.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Monitors your computer and internet surfing without all the bloat of other antivirus software. Wont slow you down.

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5 stars

"Best antivirus I've ever used!"

December 19, 2014  |  By daddylannie

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Basic version is free! Premium protection is available at a great value.

Cons

I have had only great experiences with this product.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.0.2208
  • Fixed problem with missing NG component under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed a bug in the keyboard driver causing problems with keyboards.
  • Better compatibility of the WebShield with some https pages (e.g. spotify, waze, etc.).
  • SecureDNS - better logic of server selection resulting in performance improvements.
  • Fixed reported crashes.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date November 10, 2014
Date Added November 10, 2014
Version 2015.10.0.2208
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 340,509,559
Downloads Last Week 1,174,395
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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