Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27026 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    364,980,086
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    514,250
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.4

    out of 197 votes

    • 5 star 139
    • 4 star 29
    • 3 star 15
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
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    out of 27026 votes

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5 stars

"Best free anti-virus"

July 06, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Email scanning very good. Best detection rate of all free anti-virus

Cons

pop ups can be annoying but its a small price to pay for a great free anti-virus

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3 stars

"Heavy on Google Chrome"

July 05, 2015  |  By NikosNx

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Good overall protection

Cons

Delays Google Chrome opening time and web browsing.
It's buggy and can cause problems to the system.

Summary

I recommended this product till recenty but now I am not. After personal research and testing with malware samples, this is light and very very good protecting your system.
Check it out and instal here: :)
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5 stars

"top of the line product for over 8 years"

July 05, 2015  |  By highdef2005

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

no fuss, no muss. install, and it's working... spotless functionality.

Cons

NONE at all!

Summary

I've used this product for years. And every time I buy a new PC or laptop, the first thing I do is to install Avast! on my device. I wish there were 30 stars!!

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5 stars

"Never had a problem"

July 05, 2015  |  By barry78520

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Never had a virus and it's free

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

I have five computers on the free program. I've never had a problem. Grateful? Heck, yes.

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4 stars

"Price is right - <br />Does a good job"

July 04, 2015  |  By pivotal_f

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Price (Free) updates automatically and doesn't interfere with browsing

Cons

Constantly trying to upsell paid better version

Summary

I have it on all of my familys computers

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5 stars

"Among the very best ."

July 04, 2015  |  By pp003

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

- Decent functionality in the free version.
- Not bloated; runs quickly with low CPU use in the background
- Easy to use and intuitive interface.

Cons

- Could do with a firewall in the free version.

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4 stars

"Avast Antivirus is Great"

July 04, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Stopping of malicious web page, Blocking malicious files from executing from a flash drive. that's Great.

Cons

Wish there could be a way i'll get the pro version for free. Times are hard.......

Summary

I just Love Avast

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4 stars

"An excellent antivirus program which both blocks threat"

July 04, 2015  |  By enjay66

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

It is free and appears to be very effective at what it does

Cons

It can be intrusive such as telling you when some programs need to be updated. Not really a problem though it could be an optional feature. Nags about upgrades and not totally up to date on new viruses

Summary

A first class antivirus program that blocks perceived threats but allows you to decide what to do about them. It is certainly my favourite antivirus program.

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5 stars

"You can't beat it for protection!!! Used it for years!!"

July 03, 2015  |  By michaelhtritter

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Amazing protection, as good as a paid utility, but free. One the best features is the 'Run Time Boot Scan', which can catch a virus that protects itself from being cleaned away by other types of protection. If something does happen to slip through, which is rare because Avast catches most everything, a Boot Time Scan can eliminate even the most deep-seated and nasty of viruses.

They update their virus definitions constantly and automatically.

It got a host of features that I don't even need to worry about. Super powerful.

Cons

I honestly cannot think of a one.

Summary

I've used it for years and years. I have in on every home computer, and on all our mobile devices. I cannot understand why someone wouldn't use it. I just got a pop-up from them asking me to rate them here, so I ran over to gush. It is the least I could do in exchange for them protecting my electronic life 24/7/365 for free.

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3 stars

"Good Free AV, But the Nagging is a Pain"

July 03, 2015  |  By riceboy1701e

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Catches most threats
Easy to update
Easy interface
Easy to use

Cons

CONSTANT nagging to upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade
CONSTANT nagging aytime you use a feature to upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade...
CONSTANT popups reminding you to upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade............

Did I mention the nagging you to upgrade? ;-)

Agree with a poster above: adult sites are fine until Avast reminds you that you can be monitored (and you get the subsequent popup nagware that reminds you to upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade to prevent monitoring).

Summary

A good AV program that is free, but at a cost. If you can somehow ignore the nearly endless nag-mes to upgrade, it is a wonderful AV option to the grief that AVG caused with their spam/malware-infused 2014 version. I took AVG off all of my machines because of AVG's insistance to use malware that wanted to hijack my browser. Avast seems like a reasonable alternative...unless the nagware gets too obtrusive.

PLEASE Avast...stop the nagware!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.2.2218
  • Faster start after reboot - some components are loaded later
  • File System Shield - solved incompatibility with TrueCrypt
  • File System Shield - exclusions work again
  • Added option to install Skype during Avast installation
  • StreamFilter - Improved compatibility with other AV products
  • Improved setup logging
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site https://www.avast.com
Release Date April 23, 2015
Date Added April 23, 2015
Version 2015.10.2.2218
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.23MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 364,980,086
Downloads Last Week 514,250
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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