Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27030 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    365,113,810
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 201 votes

    • 5 star 143
    • 4 star 29
    • 3 star 15
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 27030 votes

    • 5 star 19716
    • 4 star 4864
    • 3 star 861
    • 2 star 495
    • 1 star 1094
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5 stars

"Great Anti Virus"

July 07, 2015  |  By dpmcneice

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Great product, doesn't bog down the pc like some AV's I have used. Gets all the bad stuff. I am very happy with it.

Cons

None that I can think of.

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5 stars

"best anti virus program available"

July 06, 2015  |  By smiley22sf

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

free, and stops things other programs do not...learned that the hard way... twice
According to my "computer professional", the free version is really all you need, as the extras people pay for are mere window dressing to make clients feel better about the product. My experience with it would validate that statement

Cons

none that I am aware of

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5 stars

"The Best Anti-Virus By Far"

July 06, 2015  |  By doddsy83

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

For a free version of an anti-virus programme, it outranks others when other programmes tell you multiple viruses (including a new computer) are present and request another 'software' download to run and clean up your system, Avast can remove any virus known and eliminates any threats before it can damage your operating system.

Cons

I cant think of any other than if Avast does a free version of Anti-Malware then I would install it, (But I know they need to make some sort of money to continue to supply the best programme on the market.

Summary

Avast, keep up the great work and to anyone who doesn't have Avast yet, Please get it, Its well worth it 100%.

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5 stars

"Best Anti Virus Product I've Used, Paid or Free"

July 06, 2015  |  By ricklbennett

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Very good at preventing intrusions.
Easy to Use
Minimal Use of System Resources

Cons

There are no cons apparent to me.

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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: :)
Download: http://download.emsisoft.com/EmsisoftAntiMalwareSetup_12247956
Page: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/antimalware/?id=12247956

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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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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 365,113,810
Downloads Last Week 514,250
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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