Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26827 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2215
  • Total Downloads:
    357,826,861
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 03, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,075,148
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 44 votes

    • 5 star 32
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
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    • 2 star 491
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5 stars

"The Free Avast AntiVirus works great!"

April 21, 2015  |  By 1949Frank

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

The Free Avast AntiVirus works great especially when couple with a quality free registry cleaner. The only thing you need to be mindful of is that since your registry cleaner would be from a different manufacturer (I hate the Grimefighter that Avast makes you pay for if you want it), Avast easily tries to label your cleaner as a virus or malware and tries to stop its functioning. You need to be vigilant about stopping Avast from doing so. There are 2 great free registry cleaners. The best Free one is from IObit and is called Advanced SystemCare 8 and has lots of other things that go with it, however you need a computer with lots of available RAM to support it. If that is an issue, then I recommend from Cleanersoft its Free Registry Fix. The Free Avast combined with a good quality Free registry cleaner is like having Free Internet Security. Since I am retired and on a fixed income, I just can't afford to pay for software. I have tried other free Antivirus software and Avast is the best!

Cons

Many times there are too many false positives that label other good software that you have on your computer as either a virus or malware. Making it easier to cooperate with other manufacturer's software is the one thing Avast could do to improve their product.

Summary

When compared to other Free AntiVirus software (like AVG or Avira), Avast is simply the best. I found AVG to be too irritating while not finding nearly what Avast finds while Avira is so loaded with advertisements that Avira can appear as a virus in and of itself. You just can' go wrong with Avast!

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4 stars

"Nagware Now :("

April 21, 2015  |  By manicscitzo

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

-Free
-Real time protection
-Good detection

Cons

- Intrusive targeted popups

Summary

A good free antivirus that they've recently added a large number of popup dialogs to in order to nag you.

Avast is monitoring what you're doing/programs you're using as part of the antivirus but also uses that to deliver targeted "ads" to you regularly, not cool. Originally they included an option in the settings to turn off the popups but later removed it for free users, you can still set them to appear for 0 or 1 second.

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4 stars

"A solid, free antivirus program."

April 21, 2015  |  By Alex Laliberty

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Offers a free version, which updates frequently and provides excellent virus protection; not a drain on system resources; easy to use

Cons

Increasingly frequent pop-ups pestering you with information about services that can only be accessed through a paid version of Avast! It was once a pro that this program did not bother you with advertisements.

Summary

I understand the purpose of advertisements; however, I would prefer if their frequency were reduced to a minimum. If I wasn't interested in buying a product a moment ago, then I'm not going to be any more interested in purchasing it now -- once a day would suffice. Otherwise, this program does what it advertises and I will probably continue to use it despite the pop-ups.

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5 stars

"The best antivirus program ever."

April 20, 2015  |  By Zephyr Zadark

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Low on resource usage
Frequent updates, automatic and doesn't require manual intervention
FREE
Modern user interface

Cons

Lacks a strong antispyware.

Summary

Best antivirus you can ever find. Do not go for AVG, Norton, McAfee, etc etc... This is the only antivirus you will ever need.

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5 stars

"Great virus package."

April 20, 2015  |  By KBrod666

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Compact install, fast updating.

Cons

Pop-Up advertisements

Summary

Overall, for a free program, it exceeds the competition and doesn't force you to purchase the pro version unless you want more security.

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4 stars

"Seems to work fine for free, but won't suit everyone"

April 20, 2015  |  By PeterJHB

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Frequent updates
Low system hog
Thorough operation
No cost unless you upgrade

Cons

Obtrusive pop-ups and voices for those who already know how to do things properly
Free version cannot be turned-off to allow professional application installations
Must be temporarily un-installed to allow correct app installation
Cannot adjust the way it runs, without using a non-existent password

Summary

As this free utility appears to run well and to do its job well according to test reviews, in comparison to rivals, it is a great pity that it also causes hassles by not permitting easy control of how it is used. Otherwise it could get a 5 star rating.

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3 stars

"free protection just re-up once a year"

April 19, 2015  |  By mikecrab205

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

free to use for many years now

Cons

i have been a free customer for many years and have not had virus problems. my computer was bogging down and i bought grimefighter. could not get it to load. neither could the on-line help. when i refused to buy their $200 clean up, they hung up on me. they will not refund my money or return my calls. don't buy anything, just use the free service.

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5 stars

"5/5 for the best free antivirus software out there."

April 19, 2015  |  By armondcooperstone

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Friendly, easy to use and just sits in the background without annoying "Is this site safe to use" configuring.

Cons

None that I have found after nearly a year of use.

Summary

Love the friendly voice, actually prefer the American lady on mine, despite being Scottish myself!!

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5 stars

"Best free Anti Virus"

April 17, 2015  |  By Aaron Barnhurst

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

It's free
Can link multiple devices

Cons

I haven't come across any cons and I've been using the software for 3 years now.

Summary

I have the free version installed on my desktop but I am using the paid version on my android device and love it.

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5 stars

"Incredible...attacks eradicated since its install."

April 17, 2015  |  By dougkliewer

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Works quietly in the background and stops any unsuspecting attacks

Cons

periodic popup but minimum that it is not a bother

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.2.2215
  • 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 23, 2015
Date Added April 03, 2015
Version 2015.10.2.2215
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 357,826,861
Downloads Last Week 1,075,148
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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