Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27099 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.3.2225
  • Total Downloads:
    366,848,754
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    526,060
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

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5 stars

"Reliable, easy to use"

July 30, 2015  |  By RedBopete

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Good track record, updates often, easy many options and very configurable

Cons

no cons that I can think of

Summary

I only use the free version on a rarely used laptop, and use the paid version on my desktop to support the company for making such a useful product. I just wish my license allowed me to use it on more than one machine.

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4 stars

"good antivirus"

July 30, 2015  |  By Light_Speed

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

FREE
Works well against bugs

Cons

Advertising their paid products
Annoying pop ups

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5 stars

"Happy for years!"

July 30, 2015  |  By TheDenverFan

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

I have been happily running AVAST for years, which is a testament as to how good it really is. When I had a Dell tech at my house working on another computer issue, he said he was glad to see I was running AVAST, and that he installed it on every computer he services.

Cons

None I have found

Summary

I truly trust my system to AVAST!

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4 stars

"catches more than symantec"

July 28, 2015  |  By kristosgroup

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

better web catching for bad sites, rootkit discovery and boot scan finds other stuff good, No obvious reason other than convenience to upgrade

Cons

extra little steps to use the free one, kinda backwards nagware,
will catch and prevent but not remove browser hijack adware,
upgrade should cover the three computers that every home has-- like the other brands do

Summary

I have done my many years paying for norton, mcafee and symantec and avast is basically doing a better job for free

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5 stars

"Great software, freeware"

July 28, 2015  |  By Mr. Michael Robertson

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Keeps itself up to date. Gives U you the option to buy pro version. Silent game mode.

Cons

Option to buy pro version sometimes to often. Ad pop-ups sometimes to often.

Summary

Been using it for many years myself and hasn't failed me yet! (knock on wood).

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4 stars

"Best free protection"

July 28, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Best free protection

Cons

No firewall, limited additional support

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5 stars

"Switched to Avast Free version years ago works great!!"

July 28, 2015  |  By hoffman815

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Never had an infection, easy to install and update! I recommend this program
to everyone

Cons

Can't think of any

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4 stars

"Excellent Antivirus and very fast"

July 28, 2015  |  By bhiren123

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Very good and enjoy. It is free but giving good advantage to their users.

Cons

More security must be include for free users.

Summary

Overall my experience with Avast is very good.

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5 stars

"I love it!"

July 27, 2015  |  By truffles8761

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Easy and unobtrusive. I have used several anti virus programs in the past and finally settled on Avast. It doesn't appear to have any conflicts with any software I've got. Lovely.

Cons

I can't even think of one.

Summary

This is a wonderful anti virus program that catches everything I throw at it.

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4 stars

"Great Free Protection"

July 27, 2015  |  By w.bever

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2223

Pros

Speedy, frequent automatic updates keep my PC using upto date protection;
Several scans including browser, other software up dates, entire system scan.
Used for several years now without issue.

Cons

Free version does not include scheduled automatic scans (must manually start).

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Full Specifications

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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 366,848,754
Downloads Last Week 526,060
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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