Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26919 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    361,770,241
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    730,749
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 88 votes

    • 5 star 64
    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 5
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    out of 26919 votes

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    • 2 star 492
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5 stars

"One of the very best!!!"

May 28, 2015  |  By tehkaal

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Reliability, vigilance, options etc. etc. etc...

Cons

Not many. In fact, just that it makes the system a bit, only a bit, slower which is understandable since it scans every file thoroughly.

Summary

The very best. Highly recommended!

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1 stars

"Don't know why I came back."

May 27, 2015  |  By Maklarreatz

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Pretty easy to install. Free.

Cons

Avast was, for a very long time, a solid and reliable piece of antivirus software. Today, though it still does what it needs to do, it has been dragged down by a myriad of useless and power-draining bloatware that is at best useful on occasion, and at worst totally devoid of purpose.

Summary

I have this software on one remaining machine, and when it's replaced I won't be going back. Avast is still a good company, but their products continue to become less and less useful and directed. Some add-ons (like the browser cleaner) are downright annoying. If you need antivirus protection for free, Avast isn't a bad choice, but if you are protecting anything at all sensitive, or ever need support beyond what Google can tell you, invest in a real security program.

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5 stars

"One of the best Virus Protectors I have ever used."

May 27, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Catches almost everything
Has its own CheckDsk which I like
All in all pretty damn good

Cons

They should offer a little more with the free version
Not too much else to complain about.

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3 stars

"pretty good, but inflexible"

May 27, 2015  |  By bazzbuzz

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

catches most infections

Cons

but not all: especially poor on malware: the reimage plus and Strong Signal malware are NOT caught by Avast

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5 stars

"Best AV software so far."

May 26, 2015  |  By widhar

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

It's free, powerfull, keep update, and minimum resources usage.
I use it for almost 10 yrs and just fine since.

Cons

Newer version doesn't work for my 15 cloned PCs, Avast disabled it self after couple of hrs. Must rollback to version 8 for cloned pc's.

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3 stars

"Free virus protection on demand as well as active"

May 26, 2015  |  By Stop_Spamming

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Mostly unobtrusive, works in the background and provides the feeling of being protected from malicious software.

Cons

Too many add-ons. Tries to be a one-stop solution and fails.
Promises to speed up boot-time by eliminating unnecessary software - without specifying what avast deems unnecessary.
False positives can't be white listed.
Clumsy interface.
The potentially useful software updater fails 70% of the time and eg Java is reported as up-to-date and outdated simultaneously without offering a solution.

Summary

Virus protection is ok, the additional features either require some work or should be dropped to focus on the core functionality.

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2 stars

"Too much advertising"

May 26, 2015  |  By g4182970

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Looks like it works.

Cons

Advertises their other programs on YOUR computer.
Pushes alerts like "YOU COMPUTER IS SLOW, use this program to fix it", without telling anything else.
When it decided to start monitoring another program in a sandbox, it is very hard to stop it, and you have to start the program again afterwards.

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5 stars

"The Best Anti-Virus Software!!"

May 25, 2015  |  By royce0469

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Installed it since 2009 and still running..

Cons

Nothing I knew..

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5 stars

"Easy to install and maintain, relatively easy to update"

May 25, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Freeware for the basic version, which seems good enough at keeping most mundane malware at bay. Easy to update, runs well at relatively low resource consumption in the background, and easy to disable while running high-demand local applications.

Cons

Freeware version has pop-ups which appear occasionally (perhaps once per windows bootup), with reminders for updating, or upgrade specials, or the like. Not terrible by any means.

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5 stars

"Awesome, used at home for years with no breaches at all"

May 25, 2015  |  By Hony

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Easy, quick, lean and free for home use

Cons

No cons at all

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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 http://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 361,770,241
Downloads Last Week 730,749
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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