Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26771 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2214
  • Total Downloads:
    354,849,347
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 03, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.22MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    994,449
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.4

    out of 51 votes

    • 5 star 35
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26771 votes

    • 5 star 19532
    • 4 star 4826
    • 3 star 841
    • 2 star 490
    • 1 star 1082
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5 stars

"very good does the job"

March 30, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

very good does the job

Cons

they try to push their other products using a FUD approach

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5 stars

"i love avast i never have an issue"

March 28, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

catches any viruses which i contact and don't expect

Cons

so far i have seen no cons

Summary

i think this is the best free antivirus product on the market

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4 stars

"Longtime user, it works and its free"

March 28, 2015  |  By anndigitalis

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

easy interface to do quick and full scans
updates itself

Cons

there are some settings that are buried so you have to go looking for them such as turning off the sound for notifications, as another user mentioned it is a bit jarring, but you can turn it off, you just have to go looking for it. Also scanning forPotentially unwanted programs (PUPs) isnt a default setting you have to look for it, its in settings under the general tab.

Summary

Its a good easy to use free anti-virus program and I do install it for freinds who foolishly don't have anti-virus protection.

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5 stars

"Does what it says it will do - really well !"

March 28, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Excellent - totally pain- and trouble-free ...

Cons

None that I can see ...

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5 stars

"Still is my favorite free antivirus program."

March 28, 2015  |  By LillyCoco

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

+the free version keep the new viruses away
+fast scanning
+minimum resource usage
+great performance

Cons

- too many unwanted pop-up boxes trying to sell upgrades

Summary

I would recommend this program to friends, and if someone asked me to install an anti-virus I'd install avast for them! Good job avast !

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5 stars

"It does what it says and it's FREE"

March 27, 2015  |  By cnetflydakota

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

It's good basic protection and with Microsoft constantly finding yet another security hole to fix, we all need something. Regularly and automatically updated, so to an extent it's install and forget. Happily works in the background without any noticeable slowing of system.

Cons

The pop ups in bottom right corner are small nags to upgrade to a paid for version but at least they don't lie in these like AVG and put things like "AVG is out of date update now (when it is updating automatically)

Summary

I changed from AVG free as the AVG policy on nags had reached new and ridiculous heights, glad I changed not only for that but I'm finding Avast a nicer user experience. Have to conclude you sometimes get more than you pay for, based on the fact we are not paying at all!

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4 stars

"Free Version Can Be Annoying"

March 26, 2015  |  By Rillnik

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Works okay so far. Better than Norton. Anything is better than Norton!

Cons

Win XP support will end in a year or two.

Summary

Updated itself twice in the past month. Requires restart of Windows each time. The first update brought a slew of daily nag bubbles to buy the paid version. That seems to have stopped for the time being.

Regularly offers to speed up the computer by uninstalling "4 worthless programs" but it won't tell me what programs they are. Are they something I actually need or use? No way of knowing so I decline.

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5 stars

"Simply the best"

March 26, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Does what it advertises, quietly and efficiently. Their free version is better that others' paid versions.

Cons

They occasionally ask you to rate their program or give feedback, which seems quite reasonable for a free version.

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5 stars

"Fantastic for several years now"

March 25, 2015  |  By travelinjack3

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

Great performance. Love the boot scan.

Cons

none. I am happy

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5 stars

"probably the best of the three top anti-virus packages"

March 25, 2015  |  By cnettter

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2214

Pros

+ fast scanning
+ low resource usage
+ many features, options and individuals adjustments
+ robust, non-crashing
+ free

Cons

- occasional false positives
- to many ads & ntofications

Summary

excellent product for best possible price

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.2.2214
  • Improved Windows 10 Compatibility
  • Browser Cleanup integrated to Avast UI and added to Smart Scan
  • WebShield improvements for faster browsing and fixed issues with expired certificates
  • Avast NG virtualization -- performance and stability fixes
  • AccessAnywhere feature is removed and replaced with remote connection feature available through Account screen in all editions (not limited to Premier)
  • New design of Chrome plugin
  • Better license activation during setup
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date March 03, 2015
Date Added March 03, 2015
Version 2015.10.2.2214
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8.1, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.22MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 354,849,347
Downloads Last Week 994,449
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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