Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 74 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    361,394,192
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    800,228
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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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5 stars

"great performance"

May 23, 2015  |  By XChryso

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

unlike many antivirus out there which creates many lag...

Cons

none that I remember

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5 stars

"No problems since I downloaded"

May 23, 2015  |  By lastoak

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Keeps up to date and has been 100% successful on my equipment.

Cons

None that I can detect.

Summary

May well be the best available.

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5 stars

"Just great. No problems, very reliable."

May 23, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Using it for many years and intend to in future.

Cons

Hope that avast will stay as great as so far.

Summary

Very very satisfied.

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4 stars

"Good but it has its Cons!"

May 22, 2015  |  By MOA3

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Free Version is Good. Really helps maintain your computer safe. Easy to work with and very friendly.

Cons

In order to sell the paid version makes your computer run slow.

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3 stars

"JS Scripter infection, extremely difficult to remove"

May 22, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

nominally effective

Cons

allowed JS Scripter to infect two computers via JPG file, Would be very expensive for the normal person to remove this infection.

Summary

Fortunately using other software, we were able to remove the virus. Required manual location and deletion of infected files.

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5 stars

"Excellent Virus Protection"

May 22, 2015  |  By glyndahall

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Easy to install and update.

Cons

I have not experienced any problems with Avast.

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5 stars

"I trust Avast. That's all I have to say."

May 22, 2015  |  By Mileva Kadic

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Already wrote what I meant. :-)

Cons

Nothing important to declare. :-)

Summary

It's a great and free antivirus program. What else to say?

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4 stars

"Best Free Antivirus+Anti-malware Program"

May 22, 2015  |  By henryconchile

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Free, user-friendly, great job at catching sites with malware/spyware while live web surfing, works well on older (5+ years) computers too.

Cons

The pop-up notifications can get annoying. I have noticed this year that a lot of pop-ups have been ads for Avast products. But, bottom line: the pop-ups haven't been intrusive to me.

Summary

I have used AVG and other free antivirus programs in the past, but I like Avast the best and have been using it for a few years now.
It will not catch all malware on your PC, but it still catches many -- I use several anti-malware programs and have yet to see a single program that can catch everything.

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5 stars

"Great product"

May 22, 2015  |  By s23253

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

free to use, amazing detection

Cons

yet to find any

Summary

well worth getting

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5 stars

"JUST GREAT!"

May 22, 2015  |  By o2bnpjs

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Easy program to use....The Boot Time scan is the best feature of all, will save your computer every time. I hope they never take away that feature.
Best Virus Protection I have found that really works...and I have had them all...and none of them work as good as Avast!

Cons

I have not found any cons when it comes to this software.

Summary

I would and have recommended this software to anyone who wants to keep their computer clean and safe.......Keep up the good work...But what ever you do keep the Boot Time Scan.....It makes this the best Anti-Virus program out there.

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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 http://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 361,394,192
Downloads Last Week 800,228
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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