Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27091 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.3.2223
  • Total Downloads:
    366,612,457
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 13, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    526,060
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.7

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star 38
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 27091 votes

    • 5 star 19763
    • 4 star 4872
    • 3 star 864
    • 2 star 495
    • 1 star 1097
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5 stars

"I love it!"

July 27, 2015  |  By truffles8761

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Easy and unobtrusive. I have used several anti virus programs in the past and finally settled on Avast. It doesn't appear to have any conflicts with any software I've got. Lovely.

Cons

I can't even think of one.

Summary

This is a wonderful anti virus program that catches everything I throw at it.

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4 stars

"Great Free Protection"

July 27, 2015  |  By w.bever

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Speedy, frequent automatic updates keep my PC using upto date protection;
Several scans including browser, other software up dates, entire system scan.
Used for several years now without issue.

Cons

Free version does not include scheduled automatic scans (must manually start).

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5 stars

"Excellent free AV protection, easy to use, dependable!"

July 27, 2015  |  By waynerbayner

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Very easy to use, dependable, no problems so far. Thanks AVAST, and keep up the great work!

Cons

1 or 2 more "freebies" would be nice, other than that, no problems or concerns.

Summary

Thanks AVAST!

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5 stars

"Great product"

July 27, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Great free product

Cons

Not all parts of it are free

Summary

It is a great product and never had any problems with it

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5 stars

"Well it has everything I need!"

July 27, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Lightweight, Free, Stable

Cons

I can't see any cons actually

Summary

I am installing that antivirus on every laptop/pc that I am preparing.

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5 stars

"very good choise"

July 25, 2015  |  By Neznalek

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

*hardened mode (~paranoic mode which is trying to block almost everything)

Cons

*hardened mode sometimes tries to stop download even Windows updates (he askes you so it is not so much problem)

Summary

I am using it for many years. I have also installed it to computers of other (not so IT friendly) family members with option "hardened mode" turned on (many false warnings but that is fine for me and them). Saved me couple times. Definitely recommended.

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5 stars

"Avast works. Try it you'll not regret it"

July 25, 2015  |  By augustinet56

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

It is free and very effective in identifying viruses and helping to remove them from your system

Cons

You have to re-register over and over again when the free subscription expires

Summary

I never regretted using Avast and I would highly recommend this Anti-Virus software

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5 stars

"Have been using this for 7 years... Great!"

July 25, 2015  |  By gtechguy

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

My computer has never been infected. I thought I would take the time and right this since I have always been using it for free!
New features include remote desktop to help a friend.

Cons

No cons I would say.

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5 stars

"Switched to Avast years ago and never been let down"

July 25, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Free, easy to install, easy to remove (but I can't think why you would need to), and performs without a hitch. It is my program of choice and is the one I recommend to friends.

Cons

None, the free version suits me fine.

Summary

Get it if you need a professional anti-virus software package.

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3 stars

"No longer compatible with Firefox?"

July 25, 2015  |  By jaykram

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Free! And works! Monitors web pages. As advertised. Will keep your system clean of malware.

Cons

New version appears to conflict with Firefox browser.

Summary

Used Avast for a number of years with no issues and excellent results. The most recent update though appeared to cause continual computer freezes while surfing online. All required a complete hard reboot in order to clear. And, in each case, I noticed that Avast was in the process of a web page scan.

I have now deleted Avast in favor of a competing product. So far, it appears that that action has totally resolved the computer freezing issues.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.3.2223
  • Grimefighter is now redone and called Cleanup - runs without need of reboot; is much faster; runs on more devices (better compatibility).
  • Improved Windows 10 compatibility.
  • Ability to check compatibility issues with other antivirus software.
  • Host-based intrusion prevention system (HIPS): an installed software package which monitors a single host for suspicious activity by analyzing events occurring within that host.
  • StreamFilter with HTTPS scanning Ã??Ã? is now available also for Windows XP/Vista.
  • NG is no longer using Volume Shadow Copy Service.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site https://www.avast.com
Release Date July 13, 2015
Date Added July 13, 2015
Version 2015.10.3.2223
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 366,612,457
Downloads Last Week 526,060
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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