Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26528 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    341,707,437
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,050,472
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 165 votes

    • 5 star 133
    • 4 star 18
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26528 votes

    • 5 star 19355
    • 4 star 4793
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 484
    • 1 star 1069
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5 stars

"Avast is by far the best and most dependable programs"

December 29, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Avast has never let me down. I download and install it on any computer that I work
on for people. I have used many different Anti-virus programs over the years, but
None have worked as well as Avast. It seems to catch virtually most if not all current
threats and it updates it's data base continually. Keep up the GREAT work Avast!!!

Cons

On rare occasion it can be disabled by certain viruses so that it does not run on start-up, but it is fairly simple to re-enable the program.. perhaps it should have a fail-safe installed. Such as needing a users set pass word to be able to disable
it from running on start-up, or at all. That way no one hackers or what ever can disable Avast from running.

Summary

In all Avast is an Excellent Anti-virus program. I recommend it to all my friends, and
Clients when asked for my opinion for an Anti-virus & malware program.

Mike J.

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5 stars

"Great protection even if it wasn't free!"

December 29, 2014  |  By hdthumb1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Easy to install and maintain. Automatic or manual downloads on virus definitions. Software updates for those who forget to update their other software. Fast accurate scanning when needed. It's FREE!

Cons

None that I can complain about.

Summary

I've been using a computer for over 25 years. I've tried other free antivirus programs before and this is the best there is. It does a great job at protecting you with very little aggravation. If you want more options with your antivirus program you can always upgrade. I recommend Avast to anyone needing or looking for a new antivirus program.

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5 stars

"Perfect product!"

December 28, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Free version protects from viruses and malware in browser. Light-weight, and thorough.

Cons

Some people are unaware that the free version is entirely free.

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5 stars

"My Favorite among the Antiviruses"

December 28, 2014  |  By JoshuaO.Morales

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

I like it because of its lightness, It doesn't affect the performance of my computer. This is the only anti-virus that didn't make my computer slow. It immediately blocks the suspicious url/ processes.

Cons

No comment

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5 stars

"Best product I've been used so far"

December 27, 2014  |  By sidosi

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Fast scanning and almost 99% accuracy of malware detection

Cons

Nothing I can complain

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5 stars

"Best Antivirus Program on the Market"

December 27, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Free, upgradeable, doesn't tax the computer's resources.

Cons

None - this is a great program!

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5 stars

"An awesome lifesaver."

December 27, 2014  |  By Anon Null

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Free.
Updates automatically.
Connects using the account, if you are using Google, it will protect your android too.
Easy to use.
Unique points system.
Updates pc softwares.

Cons

Nil.
Top-notch freebie.

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5 stars

"Good protection that works in real time"

December 27, 2014  |  By SVogann

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Fast, easy, out of sight out of mind.

Cons

none at this time

Summary

Great antivirus for a home or laptop pc. Updates fast, and works.

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5 stars

"Simply amazing free antivirus"

December 26, 2014  |  By hero_bob

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Free
Easily Updates
Protect Completely

Cons

Some tools like Software Updater are useless

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5 stars

"ultimately best antivirus"

December 25, 2014  |  By junaid.umar.10

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

a very user friendly program....you set it and just forget viruses.....i like latest one.

Cons

the only problem i face ever is with " RESCUE DISK ".....can't make a bootable media ( both CD n USB ) :(

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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 XP, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 341,707,437
Downloads Last Week 1,050,472
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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