Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27117 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.3.2225
  • Total Downloads:
    367,197,104
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    584,647
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 20 votes

    • 5 star 13
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 0
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    • 1 star 1
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    out of 27117 votes

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    • 2 star 496
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5 stars

"I keep using it because it is that reliable"

August 03, 2015  |  By dbc1012

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

I've used this for years, upgraded with new releases. I put it on my friends' PCs/laptops. If I couldn't give it 5 stars, I wouldn't use it. I'm a tech and I know there are a lot of choices out there. Free version has all I need. Sorry, don't need paid version. It offers me nothing I can't get free elswhere, or don't need. Having to register/renew once a year is minor 2 minute or less task. I don't expect one product to do all for me. I have firewall turned on, and have downloaded 5 free anti-spyware tools, some proactively block, others being free only reactively scan for problems when I trigger them to. Nothing will protect you from all events.

Cons

Can't think of any.

Summary

Scans fast, finds wide variety of pblms, can do cleanup and other free functions also.

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5 stars

"Excellent software"

August 03, 2015  |  By caran11

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Proactive in protecting your device. I recommend it to all my friends.

Cons

Nothing negative to say about Avast.

Summary

Well worth downloading: easy to use and very reliable.

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5 stars

"good reliable and free"

August 03, 2015  |  By carlanggbr

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

good reliable and free

Cons

hard to block individual websites

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4 stars

"still works well but invasive"

August 03, 2015  |  By Seaside Roses

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

works silently in background
they got rid of the voice
easy to renew
seems to prevent viruses etc

Cons

lots of "spam" ads and bugging you to upgrade

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4 stars

"The best I've ever used."

August 03, 2015  |  By Maxim2066

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

I've used three different paid antivirus programs in the past. All three programs allowed me to get infected. I've used avast for about ten years now and I've never gotten an infection with this free program.

Cons

The occasional pop-up asking me to subscribe to the paid version can be annoying, but this is a free program and that's to be expected. Please don't use cnet's downloader to install as it puts malware on your computer. Download direct from the avast web site.

Summary

Take it from someone who's been around a long time, avast is the best, and only virus protection you need.

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4 stars

"It Works!!!"

August 03, 2015  |  By 100pat

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

It seems to keep nasty stuff at bay while not affecting normal running of the computer or causing problems with installation of wanted programs.
I schedule it to run a full scan once a week at night.

Cons

There are some popup nags but since it is free I am prepared to put up with these!

Summary

"Install and forget" software that looks after itself.

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5 stars

"most powerful antivirus"

August 02, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Highly effective
No heavy load on processor

Cons

none.I cant think of any cons

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5 stars

"Perfect, the best"

August 02, 2015  |  By lesv10

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Easy to use, always up to date

Cons

Cannot think of any

Summary

Used Avast for many years now without problems, recomend it to all my pupils

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2 stars

"Has issues"

August 02, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 8.0.1482

Pros

Works as an antivirus application.

Cons

Too many pop-ups. Slows boot times considerably, screen will go black for up to two minutes after showing welcome. Causes unwelcome windows validation problems after being uninstalled.

Summary

Good as an antivirus but poor as an advertisement for Avast. Unfortunately some of us cannot afford a full antivirus suite so must rely on the free version. Avast does not seem to understand this. I can see someone with limited computer savvy being alarmed at having their computer screen go black for a long period of time, then have their operating system considered not genuine, especially if it came pre-installed on their PC. There are other less intrusive free versions out there.

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5 stars

"Best Anti-Virus I've ever used"

August 01, 2015  |  By Stupidforusingcnet

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Regular Updates
Has numerous scans that are extremely useful
Does a boot up scan that catches things that the regular scan misses
It's free
I can schedule quick scans every day except one when Avast does a full system scan. I couldn't do that with other programs.
Avast works seamlessly in the background and doesn't effect other running programs while it's scanning..
Uses very little resources.

Cons

The network scan always comes up with passwords that haven't been changed but it doesn't tell you where they are. I know that all my passwords have been changed and are strong passwords so I have no idea where the problem is.

Summary

I've been using Avast for many years now. I have never had a virus on any of my systems since I started using Avast. As far as I am concerned, there is no better free Anti-Virus on the market. I have been wanting to buy a license for Avast but I've found in past, with paid versions, that they bloat out the system and use a lot of your resources. Until I'm completely sure that this won't happen, I'm going to stick with the free version.

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What's new in version 2015.10.3.2225
This is a maintenance release.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site https://www.avast.com
Release Date July 30, 2015
Date Added July 30, 2015
Version 2015.10.3.2225
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 367,197,104
Downloads Last Week 584,647
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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