Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27012 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    364,677,285
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    494,155
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.4

    out of 183 votes

    • 5 star 131
    • 4 star 25
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
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    out of 27012 votes

    • 5 star 19704
    • 4 star 4860
    • 3 star 859
    • 2 star 495
    • 1 star 1094
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5 stars

"Nothing bad gets through"

July 01, 2015  |  By who1zep

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Seamless integration

Cons

Occasional nags to upgrade

Summary

8-year user

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5 stars

"Fast, light and comprehensive anti virus software"

July 01, 2015  |  By monkeysavage

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

- Decent functionality in the free version, tonnes of features in the paid for versions.
- Not bloated; runs quickly with low CPU use in the background (unlike McAfee which grinds everything to a halt)
- Easy to use and intuitive interface, with great 'Fix This' features, saves you having to fiddle about changing obscure settings in Windows.

Cons

- Prompt to reboot after a scan pops up whilst I am gaming even though silent/gaming mode is on. Only happens infrequently so not a major problem.

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5 stars

"Very good free antivirus"

July 01, 2015  |  By gigel.giga.3

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

I've been using it for some years now, also on my phone, and havn't got any viruses since then. Before Avast I tried multiple antivirus software on my PC and none of them worked as well as Avast. I really recommand it! Also the Battery Saver and the Anti-Theft for mobile phone are very nice.

Cons

Nothing, for me it's just perfect.

Summary

I recommand it to anyone 10/10.

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5 stars

"been using this for ages and it really do the thing!"

July 01, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

All is Pro is we purchase it! :D

Cons

what is cons in avast?

Summary

Avast is a must **** to have! Really appreciate it. Thank you AVAST!!!

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4 stars

"Great product, used for over 5 years"

June 30, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Highly resistant to hostile takeover by viruses, trojan horses, worms etc.
Far less load on system resources than competitors
Free version equally effective (which is more than what i can say for Free AVG protection, bloody scam i tell you)

Cons

Frequent reminders to upgrade to pro version
seems to monitor and log users' surfing data to promote its own features. for eg, if u visit an adult site (:p), it shows you popup saying that ur wi-fi is unmonitored and can be logged ... i'm sure a big data mining corp like avast means no harm (but maybe they do).

Summary

Cons are minor compared to the security (and relief) provided by the software.

Download and use without 2nd thoughts. i have, for the past 5 years!

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4 stars

"Great product!"

June 30, 2015  |  By sseiber6

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

I have used this for years and it has never let me down.

Cons

I only have 1 con, and that was it let Degrol slip in with another download.

Summary

Great product at a great price, which is free!

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5 stars

"Works very well"

June 29, 2015  |  By minndz

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Very stable with very good updating mechanism and good antivirus operation.

Cons

Get very tired of the nag screens.

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4 stars

"Has been a better product than others"

June 29, 2015  |  By tecnomage201

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Does well without hogging resources or slowing the machine.
This product has been able to find/remove viri (plural virus?) that others missed.

Cons

The ads that come up from time to time, not bad, just a minor annoyance.

Summary

This is a good product overall, we have had it on several generations of PCs at home.

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5 stars

"Best antivirus I tried"

June 29, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Free
Lots of added goodies
Zero day updates

Cons

None that I can think of

Summary

Although no single antivirus product leaves you 100% secure, Avast! is the best and the only one I buy a license every once in a while. Despite I sometimes stop being a paying costumer, I was never let down by them. And I end up coming back to full versions once and again!

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5 stars

"Love avast"

June 28, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Simple to use

Cons

None at all

Summary

I have been using avast for years now and I have no complaints.

Keep up the great work Avast

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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 https://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 364,677,285
Downloads Last Week 494,155
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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