Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27104 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.3.2225
  • Total Downloads:
    366,934,754
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.2

    out of 8 votes

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    • 4 star 2
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    • 1 star 1
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    • 3 star 864
    • 2 star 495
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5 stars

"Fast and effective antivirus solution"

July 31, 2015  |  By jesus.cam

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Protects from potential and harmful sites
Makes you feel protected as it alerts you thru your navigation
Low cost in suscriptions

Cons

Not easy to find sites that were blocked

Summary

Best solution for me

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1 stars

"AVAST QUIT WORKING IN JULY AND FREEZES THE COMPUTER UP"

July 31, 2015  |  By dkbolen

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

AVAST QUIT WORKING IN JULY AND FREEZES THE COMPUTER UP

Cons

AVAST QUIT WORKING IN JULY AND FREEZES THE COMPUTER UP

Summary

MY COMPUTER PROBLEMS ARE FROM THE AVAST ANTIVIRUS PROTECTION I PAID FOR. I PAID FOR AVAST IN 2014 AND 2015. THE RUDE TECHNICIAN I TALKED TO IN COSTA RICA TOLD ME I COULD PAY THEM HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR A LEVEL 2 TECHNICIAN TO MAKE IT WORK. I SAID NO THANK YOU. HE BLAMED IT ON WINDOWS VISTA UPDATES THIS MONTH, WHICH THERE WERE. COMPLETELY UNHAPPY.

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5 stars

"wonderful system"

July 31, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

easy to operate, easy to understand and just what I want in a security system

Cons

none I can think of

Summary

excellent company, very trustworthy and keep up the good work

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4 stars

"Excellent Antivirus for little or no money..."

July 31, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Fast does not affect the function of my work on this machine.

Cons

Could update everyday without problems

Summary

Love the software excellent anti virus

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5 stars

"Consistently the best."

July 31, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Haven't been boinked in quite awhile thanks to Avast! Low resource usage.

Cons

Coupla modules, e.g., Grimefighter, that are uneccesary to me have to be disabled.

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5 stars

"Reliable, easy to use"

July 30, 2015  |  By RedBopete

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Good track record, updates often, easy many options and very configurable

Cons

no cons that I can think of

Summary

I only use the free version on a rarely used laptop, and use the paid version on my desktop to support the company for making such a useful product. I just wish my license allowed me to use it on more than one machine.

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4 stars

"good antivirus"

July 30, 2015  |  By Light_Speed

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

FREE
Works well against bugs

Cons

Advertising their paid products
Annoying pop ups

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5 stars

"Happy for years!"

July 30, 2015  |  By TheDenverFan

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

I have been happily running AVAST for years, which is a testament as to how good it really is. When I had a Dell tech at my house working on another computer issue, he said he was glad to see I was running AVAST, and that he installed it on every computer he services.

Cons

None I have found

Summary

I truly trust my system to AVAST!

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4 stars

"catches more than symantec"

July 28, 2015  |  By kristosgroup

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

better web catching for bad sites, rootkit discovery and boot scan finds other stuff good, No obvious reason other than convenience to upgrade

Cons

extra little steps to use the free one, kinda backwards nagware,
will catch and prevent but not remove browser hijack adware,
upgrade should cover the three computers that every home has-- like the other brands do

Summary

I have done my many years paying for norton, mcafee and symantec and avast is basically doing a better job for free

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5 stars

"Great software, freeware"

July 28, 2015  |  By Mr. Michael Robertson

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Keeps itself up to date. Gives U you the option to buy pro version. Silent game mode.

Cons

Option to buy pro version sometimes to often. Ad pop-ups sometimes to often.

Summary

Been using it for many years myself and hasn't failed me yet! (knock on wood).

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.3.2225
This is a maintenance release.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site https://www.avast.com
Release Date July 30, 2015
Date Added July 30, 2015
Version 2015.10.3.2225
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 366,934,754
Downloads Last Week 526,060
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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