Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26766 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2214
  • Total Downloads:
    354,398,627
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 03, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.22MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    989,085
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.3

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star 31
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 1
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    out of 26766 votes

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5 stars

"It does what it says and it's FREE"

March 27, 2015  |  By cnetflydakota

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

It's good basic protection and with Microsoft constantly finding yet another security hole to fix, we all need something. Regularly and automatically updated, so to an extent it's install and forget. Happily works in the background without any noticeable slowing of system.

Cons

The pop ups in bottom right corner are small nags to upgrade to a paid for version but at least they don't lie in these like AVG and put things like "AVG is out of date update now (when it is updating automatically)

Summary

I changed from AVG free as the AVG policy on nags had reached new and ridiculous heights, glad I changed not only for that but I'm finding Avast a nicer user experience. Have to conclude you sometimes get more than you pay for, based on the fact we are not paying at all!

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4 stars

"Free Version Can Be Annoying"

March 26, 2015  |  By Rillnik

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Works okay so far. Better than Norton. Anything is better than Norton!

Cons

Win XP support will end in a year or two.

Summary

Updated itself twice in the past month. Requires restart of Windows each time. The first update brought a slew of daily nag bubbles to buy the paid version. That seems to have stopped for the time being.

Regularly offers to speed up the computer by uninstalling "4 worthless programs" but it won't tell me what programs they are. Are they something I actually need or use? No way of knowing so I decline.

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5 stars

"Simply the best"

March 26, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Does what it advertises, quietly and efficiently. Their free version is better that others' paid versions.

Cons

They occasionally ask you to rate their program or give feedback, which seems quite reasonable for a free version.

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5 stars

"Fantastic for several years now"

March 25, 2015  |  By travelinjack3

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Great performance. Love the boot scan.

Cons

none. I am happy

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5 stars

"probably the best of the three top anti-virus packages"

March 25, 2015  |  By cnettter

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

+ fast scanning
+ low resource usage
+ many features, options and individuals adjustments
+ robust, non-crashing
+ free

Cons

- occasional false positives
- to many ads & ntofications

Summary

excellent product for best possible price

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5 stars

"Avast is the best free anti-virus there is!"

March 23, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Does everything without you needing to worry!
Notifies me when there is an update
Almost never bothers the consumer
It feels a lot more light weight than other anti-virus!

Cons

The "Avast has been updated" noise can get a bit waring!
The "your computer is running slow and has unnecessary programs pay me money" can be annoying also! I know my computer!

Summary

I would prefer to have the free version of this than the paid version of many other anti-virus!
I would recommend this program to friends, and if someone asked me to install an anti-virus I'd install avast for them!

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3 stars

"Works, but annoying"

March 23, 2015  |  By Kintrex

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Since I've had it, I haven't had a single problem with internet and file security.

Cons

Recent update have added advertising and the popups are annoying.

Settings to change the length of time popups appear are present but do nothing. I remember they used to have an effect but now it seems the option is just for show.

Summary

This used to be my favorite antivirus program, but with each new update I'm liking it less. If it continues to get worse I may have to look for other options.

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5 stars

"been using for years does what it says on the tin"

March 23, 2015  |  By admkam

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Work well, easy and quick to use

Cons

Most of the pop ups are ok (after all it is free) but some are rather frustrating

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3 stars

"Too many selling pop-ups etc."

March 23, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Seems to work pretty well and updates without trouble

Cons

Too many unwanted pop-up boxes trying to sell upgrades. A separate email would be much less intrusive.

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5 stars

"very good AVAST antivirus"

March 23, 2015  |  By pastilchen

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

I use it for all my devices which runs windows system or android. Free version. It seems to be very good and look good, too.

Cons

Even for Avast free version it's nothing to claim to be bad.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.2.2214
  • Improved Windows 10 Compatibility
  • Browser Cleanup integrated to Avast UI and added to Smart Scan
  • WebShield improvements for faster browsing and fixed issues with expired certificates
  • Avast NG virtualization -- performance and stability fixes
  • AccessAnywhere feature is removed and replaced with remote connection feature available through Account screen in all editions (not limited to Premier)
  • New design of Chrome plugin
  • Better license activation during setup
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date March 03, 2015
Date Added March 03, 2015
Version 2015.10.2.2214
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8.1, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.22MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 354,398,627
Downloads Last Week 989,085
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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