Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26689 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    346,206,063
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    846,622
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 324 votes

    • 5 star 253
    • 4 star 41
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 16
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26689 votes

    • 5 star 19476
    • 4 star 4817
    • 3 star 833
    • 2 star 485
    • 1 star 1078
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5 stars

"The best antivirus I have used!"

January 30, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Easy to Install, great graphic interface, useful sandbox, updates virus definitions automatically

Cons

I dont find any cons, recommend it to every single one of my friends

Summary

Since I use it, my computers have never gotten infected, since the network and file system shields always detects malicious code and programs

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5 stars

"Great free program"

January 30, 2015  |  By Mark no2

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Unobtrusive, configurable, self updating

Cons

Can't think of any

Summary

I switched to Avast a few years ago after having problems with a couple of other antivirus programs. Have been using it on several Windows versions ever since with no problems.

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1 stars

"Horribly designed UI"

January 29, 2015  |  By cosmo.kramer101

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

It is free

Cons

Slow UI that is very difficult to use.
Using Clean Browser feature will close your browser without confirmation and have you loose your Browser tabs and history

Summary

Better pay money for the software than use this junk

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3 stars

"Seemed to prevent virus problems, but with issues."

January 29, 2015  |  By phschuler

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

We've had no known virus problems while using it.

Cons

Seemed to interfere with normal functioning of our Windows 7 laptop, which stopped when we changed to another virus protector. Most recently AVAST forced an unwanted and hidden add-on onto the browsers of our Widows 7 desktop ("Safe Price"). This add-on clearly monitors searches for merchandise and promotes its own set of vendors often for things you don't want that the program somehow identifies as potential sales targets. There is no provision for removing or permanently disabling this add-on. Ethics issue?

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5 stars

"Excellent protection for free."

January 29, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Generally non intrusive protection, occasional request to update to paid version which is fair enough.

Cons

Significant omission of services compared to paid version, however good level of protection for free. Never had a virus in at least 5 years of use. CHEERS!

Summary

Its FREE and provides excellent basic protection.

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5 stars

"best protection for Windows"

January 29, 2015  |  By djwaiki

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

automatic updates

Cons

none but i am no hacker.

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5 stars

"I've used them all, absolutely the BEST FREE Anti-Virus"

January 28, 2015  |  By haque-man

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Browser plugin saves so many mistakes from happening. AVAST! Free 2015 finds things many paid programs cannot. And it still allows Windows Defender to run, not that you need both.

Cons

Paid version is extraordinary, and everyone who can should upgrade. Free version does not run scans automatically, and few remember to do it weekly.

Summary

I Uninstall every other type of AV and start all family and friends on AVAST! Free 2015. I personally see that browser plugin is set up in IE, Firefox and Chrome, then I know folks are safe.

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4 stars

"Works but annoying pop-ups promoting Avast products"

January 28, 2015  |  By PeterLech

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Seems to work OK so far, highly rated by Consumer Reports

Cons

Constant barrage of ad pop-ups to buy more stuff from Avast

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5 stars

"effective and gives confidence"

January 27, 2015  |  By haeg1691

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

free and regularly updated

Cons

Telling me I have defective search engine, when it means 'google'

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4 stars

"This program is good"

January 27, 2015  |  By Rick Dd

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Usually catches viruses before they happen even though it is the free version.

Has lots of set-up variables to allow you to use as you like, not forcing you to do it their way.

Cons

Slow to load at start-up.
Keeps other programs from starting while it is loading itself (sometimes several minutes by the time it checks for updates, etc.)

Summary

I really don't know how it compares to other free antivirus programs since i've almost always used this one. I am satisfied with its performance and probably will always keep it as long as it remains free.

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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 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 346,206,063
Downloads Last Week 846,622
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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