Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26518 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    341,119,373
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,128,473
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 155 votes

    • 5 star 123
    • 4 star 18
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26518 votes

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

"excellent protection"

December 25, 2014  |  By relady4u

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Has saved my pc from crashing numerous times

Cons

the pop up can be annoying

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5 stars

"Excellent! Free! Try it!"

December 25, 2014  |  By Wayfarr

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Easy to use. Set it and Forget it--well, not quite, but it's good with automatic antivirus
updates though it also allows download/installation manually.Also, keeps track of updates for browsers, Java, Adobe, Flash,etc among other things.

Cons

None I've found in years. A single conflict and one bad download, both easily fixed.

Summary

I've recommended the free version for PCs and now Android for years--especially for new machines. It's easy for first-timers (newbies) or friends/family to setup BEFORE going online (especially on public WiFi!!!) Hey, it's solid, easy and free--what's not like? If you do like it, check out the upgrades and other products.

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5 stars

"The absolute best anti-virus software!!"

December 24, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Easy to set up and then forget it as it keeps your computer virus free.

Cons

The free version has pop ups, but they are not too obnoxious especially for the service you receive.

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5 stars

"THE BEST PROTECTION"

December 24, 2014  |  By glinkel

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

FREE!! Minimal resources used. You can't even tell that it is constantly protecting you in the back ground. Very thorough at the same time. Fun features like "Pirate Talk" in the language settings

Cons

Starting to push the premium versions and "other tools" a little too hard.

Summary

I LOVE this product and I recommend it to EVERYONE that talks to me for computer advice, which is a lot of people, because I am an IT. Everyone that uses it loves it as well. Keep up the good work AVAST teams!!

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5 stars

"it's really good and easy to use."

December 24, 2014  |  By fangal_64

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

it is silent, use low resurse, and his protect is good.

Cons

no comment.

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5 stars

"Relatively simple,reliable"

December 23, 2014  |  By silver760

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Easy to install,updates regularly and does a good job of blocking viruses and other unwanted nasty bugs.

Cons

The control panel for avast can be a little confusing and excessive for the uninitiated.In days gone by the control panel for avast was a very simple affair with vary little within it.Over the years it has become excessively overgrown and bloated.There are dozens of features that I have never ever had the need to use.

Summary

Overall for what it is it is extremely good value,being free after all! Touch wood it has never let me down in the 10 or so years I have been using it.It would be nice to see it "Dumbed down".It doesn't need to contain over half the options included in the free version,in the pay version even more features are unlocked,features which the average user will never use.I certainly cannot fault it and it certainly beats paying out for an anti-virus.Unlike programme like Norton it doesn't slow your machine down and ask ridiculous questions everytime you want to carry out an operation.Such features drive me nuts!

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2 stars

"poor customer service"

December 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

It provides decent computer protection

Cons

They do no honor their guarantee, the grime fighter does nothing at all.

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5 stars

"Fantastic program!"

December 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

It really helps to have this program on your pc!

Cons

Ummm...can't think of any sorry.

Summary

Avast has been on my pcs since we first discovered it about 5 years or more ago! We love the way it helps our pcs! Thank you Avast!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! ?

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5 stars

"The best there is"

December 23, 2014  |  By man0

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Minimal drag on the system, great performance, has pre-boot scanning. It's the best I've found out there.

Cons

Nothing at all.

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5 stars

"Best antivirus i have ever used"

December 22, 2014  |  By raowaleedahmad

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Automatic update Spam protection , Boot time scan option is the best one

Cons

difficult to recover files

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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 341,119,373
Downloads Last Week 1,128,473
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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