Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26864 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    359,469,674
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    740,228
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.5

    out of 33 votes

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    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
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5 stars

"Excellent Anti-Virus"

May 05, 2015  |  By hexadecimal4

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Effective, easy to use, eliminates most viral threats.

Cons

Takes a long time to start upon boot-up, seems to sometimes use lots of system resources.

Summary

Excellent anti-virus, very effective. Though it uses bit much system resources, still much less resource-hogging than most other anti-virus programs.

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4 stars

"Best virus ,database and quick response time!"

May 05, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

-vast virus knowledge database
-great scan customization
-false positives are practically unheard of
-silent (gaming mode)
-easy program updater ( scans for outdated software on your PC - only if you allow it)
-overall good customization options(for internet newbies and pro's alike)
-everyday updates to bolster security
-SANDBOX (very important and amazing addition to the security and integrity of your system)
- All of the above is available for free, so what are you waiting for

Cons

-annoying popups in the corner of your screen that are normally supposed to inform you of updates, but can sometimes be avast ads (to be fair there is a way to turn it off, so it's not a big deal)
-the newer interfaces are horrible for normal desktop users ( they are obviously designed for touch screens in mind)
-because of the above mentioned it can be annoying for advanced users to access desired settings and the ever important virus definition updates

Summary

-if a reliable and free antivirus is what you're looking for Avast is the best option, it stands far above other solutions like AVG for instance, and blows away things like Northon and Mcafee without even making an effort
-if you need more then just the standard protection offered in the normal free package the advanced versions are up to par with other payed solutions, but don't think for a moment that it can replace a dedicated IT staff if you are a company owner !

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5 stars

"Does the job"

May 05, 2015  |  By paradis00

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

updates goes smoothly without too many invading ads.

Cons

nothing special to report.

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5 stars

"stopped everything so far and i use the free edition"

May 04, 2015  |  By crazydiana1st

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

does a good job and automatically updates software and definitiond

Cons

to many ads

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5 stars

"Absolutely The Best!"

May 04, 2015  |  By CGarthwaite

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Does not hog up processor or memory while running in the background.
Can be paused during scan when you need to do something resource intensive.
Give full information about scan results. Allows you to choose the action to be taken.
Compatible with other anti-virus software.

Cons

No cons, unless you do not like informative notifications, or if using the free version the occasional invitation to upgrade.

Summary

Highly Recommended!

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3 stars

"far too many highly intrusive ads, but some good featur"

May 03, 2015  |  By russwilsonau

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

some good features, good antivirus, update notifications dfor other ads -- but these are not always consisten with what's actually installed on users's machine --surprisingly so for a free product, BUT ...

Cons

far too many, highly intrusive ads; also the offfers to update other apps is too intrusive, interfering too much with the normal flow of activities. Also has a tendency to produce too many false positive alerts -- all designed to sell the full product

Summary

what was once an excellent product has become much less so -- it needs to rely on festures and reputation alone, rather than become a major lead weight for users

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5 stars

"Reliable protection."

May 03, 2015  |  By jtuptown

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Takes care of itself.

Cons

A bit slow at startup.

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5 stars

"it is very good and effective"

May 03, 2015  |  By cvsprasada

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

very effective for normal use

Cons

sometimes it lets some viruses in.

Summary

u r doing a good job.
keep it up

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4 stars

"a good solid performer"

May 02, 2015  |  By cmoggy

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

the free version offers a quick and thorough scan. also scans for outdated software and unnecessary browser plugins.

Cons

not so good at malware and recent ads for extra software are annoying, would have been 4.5 stars but for this

Summary

a very good free anti virus

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5 stars

"the best anti virus software"

May 01, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

not memory hungry
free to use
provide so many other related prodcut
don't annoy you to buy pro edition
updates almost on daily basis

Cons

Its been more than 4 years that I am using this anti virus and never thought of using any other anti-virus. Sorry I don't know any cons yet.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.2.2218
  • Faster start after reboot - some components are loaded later
  • File System Shield - solved incompatibility with TrueCrypt
  • File System Shield - exclusions work again
  • Added option to install Skype during Avast installation
  • StreamFilter - Improved compatibility with other AV products
  • Improved setup logging
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date April 23, 2015
Date Added April 23, 2015
Version 2015.10.2.2218
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 359,469,674
Downloads Last Week 740,228
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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