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Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27193 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.3.2225
  • Total Downloads:
    369,109,812
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    515,685
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.6

    out of 96 votes

    • 5 star 70
    • 4 star 18
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 4
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3 stars

"Works OK, But ..."

August 28, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Seems to do the job.

Cons

FAR too many nag screens, begging you in various ways to give them money (claims that your computer is running slowly, etc.). If they don't want to offer a free product, then perhaps they should charge for it to begin with, rather than annoy the user multiple times a day. The nag screens don't just disappear after a few seconds, either. You have stop what you're doing and click on them. Also, it's not clear which button you need to click when upgrading the program. The free version appears to be grayed out (not clickable), while the paid version is prominently clickable. If it weren't for the constant nag screens, I would've given the program 5 stars.

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4 stars

"Great free antivirus"

August 27, 2015  |  By rattacko123

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Works well
FREEEEEE (unless you upgrade)
has useful features

Cons

A bit bloated with advertisements

Summary

AVAST antivirus is a great piece of antivirus software, and I have used it for more than four years. It works well and protects against various viruses/programs. AVAST antivirus receives virus definition updates quite often (more than daily) which is great.
My only problem is that recently it has started to be a bit bloated and it advertises with popups on the bottom right corner of my screen. But I can't really complain since the thing is free.

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3 stars

"Used to be the best but losing the plot now"

August 27, 2015  |  By dgoadby

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Reliable virus detection

Cons

Getting cheeky with the messages and pop-ups.
Really stupid recommendations sometimes on systems that are running ok and stable.
Fed up with updates that require reboots.
Sneaky Chrome install option. Should be opt-in not opt-out

Summary

I switched from AVG five years ago as it was getting bloated. Sadly, AVAST is going the same way.
The nag screens are a PITA and do not encourage me to upgrade.
Recently it has stopped Firefox downloads completing so it is now turned off for 10 mins whilst downloads complete another PITA.
I am considering switching back to AVG or trying another.

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4 stars

"Effective, bu too obtrusive last time."

August 27, 2015  |  By lobo_mailru

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Free, effective, nice user interface, contains remote access tools.

Cons

Too much adverticement last ltime. Scanning hard drive after turning computer on takes all resources and makes computer usage almost impossible; schedule is impossible to edit.

Summary

I am still planning to use it.

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5 stars

"THE BEST OF THE BEST"

August 26, 2015  |  By Mr Free

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

I have used AVAST for several years on my desk top, my laptop, phone & tablet.
It has never let me down to date its simple and free.
If you don't use it give it a try it. The product has so many extra features virus scan auto updates, scan for outdated soft ware and browser add on scan plus many others.
I will always stay with it as i know I can trust it.

Cons

None found to date

Summary

you could pay a lot of money for other productsand the protection could be poorer

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4 stars

"Probably the best freebie anti-virus there is."

August 26, 2015  |  By khamma

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

My Anti-virus of choice. It has saved me more than once from a drive-by attack. In earlier years, I loved it.

Cons

Each new iteration of the app eats more CPU and memory. I often have to disable its file shields so I can work.

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1 stars

"Win 10? Don't bother"

August 25, 2015  |  By Zoltar_Speaks

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Was good on Win 7

Cons

Causes Start Menu and Cortana problems at log in on Win 10. Binned it for something better.

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2 stars

"Annoying as hell"

August 25, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Not sure, it works I think??

Cons

Annoys me with popups maybe 20 times a day

Summary

Annoying popups!!!

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5 stars

"Best antivirus. Used for years. No problems & it's free"

August 24, 2015  |  By selinasjunk

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Very reliable. Have never had any problems with Avast and I've been using it for many years now (about 15 years). I have never had a virus and I work from home and am online every day for many hours. I have changed several computers over the years and always stay with Avast, even when the computer I purchase comes with an antivirus. I don't trust the others because I've had problems with others in the past. I will stay with Avast. Simply the best.

Cons

Have not had any problems. the only con I could possibly think of is every now and then avast will pop up with something, and it kinda annoys me but it's not in my face and it's subtle and I can easily dismiss it so it's not a major problem.

Summary

I trust Avast. I recommend Avast to everyone. Have had no problems and Avast is what I've been using for many many years. And it's free. What more could I ask for?

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4 stars

"good free protection had it for many years with no prob"

August 24, 2015  |  By gwynny phillips

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

always showing in my tray on boot up.

Cons

cant think of any. It is a free virsion

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.3.2225
This is a maintenance release.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site https://www.avast.com
Release Date July 30, 2015
Date Added July 30, 2015
Version 2015.10.3.2225
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 369,109,812
Downloads Last Week 515,685
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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