Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26491 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    339,853,128
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,174,395
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 121 votes

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5 stars

"Best free AV software I'we used"

December 17, 2014  |  By finnjord

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Appears to take care of any issues. Have not had any problems since install.

Cons

Irritating frequent pop-uips to upgrade.

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5 stars

"Best AV out there"

December 16, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

I've used Avast (free version) for over 7 years now and I won't use anything else. Interface is user friendly, it protects without being intrusive. I tried Norton once because it was pre-installed on my laptop but I removed it and downloaded Avast. I make sure my friends know which is the better product. Thanks Avast for making an awesome product that anyone can afford, that means a lot these days.

Cons

Not one that I can think of.

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5 stars

"I've used Avast for years."

December 16, 2014  |  By David_Turner

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

I've used Avast antivirus for years and am happy to continue using it,because I trust it.

Cons

I wish that it still had the boot time scan.

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5 stars

"Free, Efficient, Reliable"

December 16, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

1) Extremely efficient detection and quarantine engine
2) Slick interface
3) Minimal delay on computer startup
4) Its Free!!

Cons

1) Boot up scan detects but is unable to delete several reported files, so it leaves no choice but to ignore them all
2) Scan on execute supposedly scans certain programs before they execute but I suppose certain amount of code gets executed before the scan initializes (Maybe it allows the safe code to execute and I might be wrong but that was an observation)

Summary

I have been using Avast for years ever since I switched to it and have recommended it to many of my friends and colleagues who are using the same now. I am a student and I do not make or have enough to pay in monetary terms, although I look forward to make my contribution when I start making it. All I can do is recommend and wish luck.

Good Luck!!

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5 stars

"Awesome Product"

December 16, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Runs smoothly and with almost no impact on PC performances

Cons

Not really, maybe the number of pop-up dialog boxes, but I find they reduced them as well lately.

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5 stars

"Incredib antivirus software - and it's free too!"

December 16, 2014  |  By butch.ammon

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

I am a huge fan of Avast after using various flavors of AV software (Norton, McAfee, AVG, etc...) over the years. Avast runs silently in the background and runs so smoothly and efficiently, you hardly know it's there. But it's always there 24/7 protecting you from harmful viruses, spyware, malware, and Lord only knows what else might be out there!

Cons

None that I have ever found.

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5 stars

"This is the best free anti virus app I ever used."

December 16, 2014  |  By Rodhog

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Scans everything you download, and make sure it is safe to open.

Cons

Rarely does spyware get past it, but once in a blue moon.

Summary

I would recommend to anyone who wants a great anti virus app,and peace of mind while surfing the net.

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5 stars

"I had Norton... then I switched and wont go back"

December 15, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Actually catches malicious data! I wrote a simple virus and put it on my desktop when I had Norton and nothing happened. With Avast, the file was deleted seconds after creation. I also liked how, when I had an adware virus on my laptop Avast found and removed it all (with slight help from malwarebytes.)

Cons

I have Avast running on my Windows 7 computer with less luck. I think it's because those gadgets on the side... the ones windows deemed as unsafe to your computer? Well I think the Avast one may need an update or something. I get that windows no longer supports the tech for those things but something needs to happen.

Summary

Avast is an awesome alternative for people who need an inexpensive antivirus and I would highly recommend Avast to all my friends and co-workers.

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5 stars

"Best AV for a while now."

December 15, 2014  |  By unique9fl

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

doesn't slow system, excellent detection, auto updates.

Cons

I don't find any. I think it's the best AV of the popular ones.

Summary

Runs well. Confident in results. Light on system. Auto updates.

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5 stars

"Very pleased. Easy and useful with good integration."

December 15, 2014  |  By Keith2112

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Good utility

Cons

frequent pop-ups without user control

Summary

Would definitely recommend to other users.

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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 339,853,128
Downloads Last Week 1,174,395
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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