Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26407 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    335,856,672
  • Date Added:
    November 10, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,138,827
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1

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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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.5

    out of 37 votes

    • 5 star 29
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 3
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    out of 26407 votes

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5 stars

"its free and I"ve had no let-downs yet"

November 23, 2014  |  By donadavs

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Free?
Functional.
Not in-your-face too often about upgrading.
Recommended updates for other programs.
Browser add-on is non invasive, but informative.

Cons

You get occasional deceptive pop-ups saying "you have x things that could be improved" or "you could save x MB of memory", but then you have to upgrade to get the feature.

Summary

Best free Anti-virus I've had.

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1 stars

"rip off artists"

November 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

First year payed not a single problem, automatic updates on and virus defs kept up to date.

Cons

Got notification from Avast that it was time to renew, sent payment and a week later still no paid version and wham I now have a virus it seems, called support explained what happened, got remote support to look at my machine, "found issues" ( later the files mentioned were legit drivers) told they could fix the issue for a 1 time fee of $150+. I obviously declined as the software I PAID FOR was supposed to keep my machine free of these issues. Fast forward to much research later and the issues that showed as a virus was the out of date antivirus causing everything to function very slowly or fail opening, also had to find third party software to remove this piece of crap as it could not even be uninstalled via regular methods.(The fact that there is third party software to remove avast is statement enough)!!

Summary

Don't waste your hard earned cash on this devious and malicious company.

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4 stars

"Good but becoming bulky"

November 22, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Never had any issues with viruses that it couldn't block or sort out pretty sheepish.
Pretty well documented if you just do a google search for whatever your looking for with avast its always at the top.
Barely any (if any) false positives
Can give it a pirate voice pack \o/

Cons

Bloated started to auto install tools that you dont have access too because you arent paying for them. Grimefighter is my main problem telling me it has xyz that it can remove but only if you "pay this small fee" type of thing. With popups and everything drove me crazy
Hard to find information like if its scanning or where to turn firewalls/scans off etc.

Summary

Overall best of the free AV out there.

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4 stars

"User friendly interface; also excellent protection."

November 22, 2014  |  By euphorhea29

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Constantly updates anti-virus parameters.

Cons

Don't like that Grime Fighter that comes secretly bundled.

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5 stars

"Excellent program --no problems at all in two years use"

November 22, 2014  |  By wletien

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Shines bright in its field.

Cons

None that I have found.

Summary

Would recommend to all I know

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5 stars

"Good Free Antivirus Software!"

November 22, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Protects against software viruses.

Cons

Needs to be re-licensed every year.

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3 stars

"2015 update slowed my netbook"

November 22, 2014  |  By howardferns

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Avast Free gave me good protection for several years (and still does on my desktop pc).

Cons

As anyone who has a netbook knows, it doesn't take much to slow them down, & that's what happened to mine after I updated Avast Free to 2015. It took all the pleasure out of using the machine, while I noticed that whatever I did the tray icon would start spinning, it hardly ever stopped in fact. I couldn't carry on like that, so I turned Avast off & installed a different AV. Straight away my browser was fast again & programs were opening much quicker, too. When I tried to remove Avast with the Uninstall in CCleaner it went from the list but it was still on my machine; it also wasn't in Add/Remove Programs. A search found a bunch of scam sites that try to get you to download their tools, but then I found Avast's own uninstall utility, that did the job.
I must add that I wasn't impressed with the Avast Software Updater which kept notifying me of new versions that turned out to be solely for later versions of Windows & not for XP which I use. The only answer was to set them on 'Ignore'.

Summary

Can't say I'm sorry to say goodbye to Avast 2015, because while it may have been doing a good job of protecting, this was at the cost of me being able to use my netbook satisfactorily. I'm not here to advertise other AVs but the one I installed after some research was suggested by a couple of earlier reviewers. It seems to have a better range of features & it has certainly brought an end to the sluggishness I was experiencing with Avast, but the real test will be whether anything gets past it or not.

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5 stars

"Lite, quck and reliable!"

November 21, 2014  |  By aca84

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Lite, quck and reliable!

Cons

Displays ads almoust more then I can tolerate.

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5 stars

"sti the bet out there for a free product"

November 21, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Still the best free resident-based (active all the time) AV program available, most notably for it's auto-updating features. Heck, they even have free dl-available voice packs for the notifications - I only found out about that at Halloween.

Cons

This is not the Avast! of old, and there seems to be more & more pushes to get you to upgrade to their paid version. Understandable as a business model, but I miss the old hassle-free Avast!

Summary

you want a great resident AV program for free? Use this, and occasionally run a scan with Malwarebytes, and your system will stay clean.

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5 stars

"Best. Antivirus. Ever."

November 20, 2014  |  By Ash.marcel

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Cheap (if not free).
Excellent virus/spyware/malware detection and protection.
Daily updates w.r.t virus definitions.
*Move to chest/sandbox* feature is awesome!

Cons

Premium version doesn't offer enough punch for price
"Avast Virus Database has been updated" gets really old, really fast

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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 335,856,672
Downloads Last Week 1,138,827
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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