Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26420 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    336,692,548
  • Date Added:
    November 10, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,138,827
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1

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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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

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    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 1
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1 stars

"major cpu hog"

November 28, 2014  |  By tz04hj

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

free? free?

Cons

nothing but 25% cpu usage and hammering hard drive since install, days ago.

Summary

will be getting rid of this

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4 stars

"At least one big drawback"

November 28, 2014  |  By PeterJHB

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Appears to work effectively as protection. Can't say that I know of anything getting through to cause a problem. Updates regularly (daily or more) with new protections, albeit noisily. Installs with no issues.

Cons

No method for deactivating or turning off to allow a clean install of needed and sensitive professional applications - big issue, due to requests for non-existent passwords - a common problem seen in online forums.
No method for un-installing either due to same issue.
Extremely noisy and intrusive daily updates.
Rather too simplified in set-up and appearance, with no useful means of selecting how it operates - but that goes for most AV utils these days too.
No means to override default set-up or to contact support to report or resolve these issues.

Summary

Seems to offer good functionality in protection, as a free utility.
Otherwise good performance is rather spoiled by the cons.
That may not cause a problem for those who just want 'plug and play' install, but it doesn't suit those who need more flexibility and like to control their own machine.

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5 stars

"Great Product"

November 28, 2014  |  By randomax18

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

- useful continuous free option
- updates regularly, without interruption
- identifies issues more consistently than other products
- clean interface that is easy to navigate

Cons

- the pop ups

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5 stars

"Excelent anti-virus and malware software"

November 28, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Quick virus detection
Quick action
Not hungry for resources

Cons

Only the pop-ups

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5 stars

"The Best antivirus.. Using it for almost a decade now.."

November 28, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Real time scan is the best

Cons

At times false positives which can be a hindrance if you are an avid gamer !!

Summary

The best.. Never let me down yet !!

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4 stars

"Very effective AV with a few "pimples""

November 27, 2014  |  By KNRover

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Effective at finding and quarantining or deleting malware.
Very fast to block sites that contain malware.
Amazing performance for a free program.

Cons

Interface gets increasingly complicated/hard to find what you want with each new version.
At least on my PC, one or more of the 3 shields causes Windows sounds to be delayed by as much as 2 sec. Disable them, no delay; enable them, delay returns.
Poor forum: Posts often get no responses, and the forum does not notify you when there's a response to a thread you started. Have to go back periodically, find your thread (which is not easy) to find out if it has replies.

Summary

The one-line summary pretty much says it all. I provide tech support to a dozen families and have installed Avast on all of their computers. But the interface does not make it easy for the average user to readily find and change settings, and bugs like the sound delay I discovered after updating to 2015 don't seem to be acknowledged by Avast staff.

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5 stars

"best free antivirus what more can you say"

November 27, 2014  |  By whitstwrt2

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

once installed just leave it to run itself

Cons

non to mention so far

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5 stars

"Awesome product - I use it on all my home's computers!"

November 26, 2014  |  By tjohnson13

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Catches just about everything; easy to use, if you want, once you install it you can pretty much just let it do it's thing.
I've used Avast on all my household's computers for well over 5 years, never had a problem.
Boot-time scan catches everything!

Cons

Occasionally - very occasionally will miss a new rootkit or some such attack, and once in a while has a false positive.
To get the best protection, you have to buy the advanced version.
Boot scan takes a long time.

Summary

Awesome product - would recommend to anyone to use.

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5 stars

"Works well."

November 25, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

very much automatic

Cons

not any really

Summary

For the worst virus infection, running an Avast scan in Safe Mode saved my operating system. Boot-time scanning has been useful. I also use the freeware versions of MBAM, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D, and CCleaner, and I once had to use the Windows repair disc to save my operating system.

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5 stars

"Low resource use and easy to use"

November 25, 2014  |  By nick whiteley

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Low resource use
Easy to use
Price

Cons

Lots of popups by default. These can be turned off though.

Summary

Better than any of the paid AV products I have used, though I have used Avast for 5 years so others may have improved.

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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 336,692,548
Downloads Last Week 1,138,827
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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