Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26400 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    335,693,402
  • Date Added:
    November 10, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,145,906
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1

Editors' Note: Requires a free registration after 30 days.

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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.7

    out of 30 votes

    • 5 star 26
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
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    • 1 star 2
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    out of 26400 votes

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    • 3 star 824
    • 2 star 480
    • 1 star 1064
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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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5 stars

"Has kept me safe for over a year. Tks Avast."

November 20, 2014  |  By Wozzie29

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

It's free and works very well

Cons

Constant pop up windows (esp with sound!) are totally unnecessary and annoying

Summary

I've recommended it and I'm happy with the product.

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5 stars

"Excellent AV"

November 20, 2014  |  By roko91

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Simple
Efficient
Free to use

Cons

Nothing so far

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5 stars

"Best free Antivirus. Very easy to use."

November 20, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Free.
Perfect for internet use.

Cons

I don't see any cons.

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5 stars

"never got infected or anything,"

November 19, 2014  |  By ekieki011

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

very reliable
easy to understand and handy to use
i don't think it ever gave a false alert

Cons

none i can think of

Summary

never got infected or anything, and Avast did catch some stuff in this few years. also, checking those turned out that all those threats were, or at least were likely to be real, and i don't think i ever had a false one. in short, i can recommend it without second thought

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4 stars

"Very good,but has become sluggish"

November 18, 2014  |  By stevencccccc

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Very good detection rate
home network scanner is a big plus!
feel very safe browsing with it

Cons

Very very sluggish, slows computer boot time, and also slows launch of web browsers (chrome takes longer to boot up)

surfing the web becomes slow

slow first quick scan

Summary

I install these on clients computers when giving them anti-virus, but now starting to get calls from them saying their computer is becoming slow, i know no the reason why, i tried using avast free myself but i noticed the exact same slow problems, slow boot time, slow browser launching (chrome, firefox) and slow browsing speed

installed panda free 2015 and i notice a immediate difference, will stick with panda until avast sorts the problems out.

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1 stars

"Something wrong with 2015 version - Blue-screens etc"

November 18, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

A very good scanner that scans fast and can detect a lot. Also has a good internet protection and blocking bad code on pages. I like the user interface, that you can password protect the program so it can't be disabled by a hacker (never got hacked though but you never know).

Cons

The 2014 version worked great and I have had this program for many years and installed it on many computers for family members. Then I updated to version 2015 and the problems started. First I did not know what it was but I suspected Avast. I had several blue-screens, the whole desktop freezing so I had to power of the computer by pulling he plug.Finally I had it and I moved over to Comodo Antivirus that is free and the problem was gone. So that proved that the problem indead was Avast. Now I have Comodo Free Firewall and ontop of that Comodo free Antivirus. this combination works great and is recommended if you have problems with Avast.

Summary

If you experince blue-screens, desktop freezing and such after installing this 2015 version of Avast I suggest you uninstall it and install another antivirus program like Comodo or AVG or such. Shame the 2015 version causes blue-screens ad freezing up the computer - Maybe they should have tested the program more before the release? I hope they fix it and I might come back to Avast in the future!

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1 stars

"Interested only in taking money!Very bad!"

November 18, 2014  |  By akuigla

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

3-4 years ago,when AVG was at peak,Avast was the best.But,that was 4 years ago!

Cons

After I got fed up with Avast's constant buy,buy,buy,register after 30 days,I uninstalled Avast and installed Panda.Panda crashed my pc,but I didn't wait like in Avast,when Avast crashed my pc 7 times??Uninstalled Panda and installed 360 total security.
My pc bought me cappuccino and a book as a sign of gratefulness!!
By the way,I realized why all this anti virus programs,including Avast and Panda, ask for your email,or registration.To sell your email! This is how you get so many spams!!
Qihoo 360 Total Security does not asks for registration,or email.
After installation it detected virus on my pc that even Malwarebytes antimalware couldn't find!!
Then,it downloaded patches to my pc,around 20 of them! Where were you Avast and Panda when my pc was suffering??
This is great software.

If you don't believe me,read http://malwaretips.com/threads/qihoo-total-security-vs-kaspersky-internet-security.37065/page-2#post-295892
and http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

Summary

I follow and test all major anti virus software,including Avast.If something changes,I will post it.
For now,Avast set its mind to take as much money as possible,either from selling emails,or aggressive advertising.
I don't like such behavior.

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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 335,693,402
Downloads Last Week 1,145,906
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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