Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26859 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    359,469,674
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    740,228
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star 22
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
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    out of 26859 votes

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    • 4 star 4837
    • 3 star 848
    • 2 star 491
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3 stars

"far too many highly intrusive ads, but some good featur"

May 03, 2015  |  By russwilsonau

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

some good features, good antivirus, update notifications dfor other ads -- but these are not always consisten with what's actually installed on users's machine --surprisingly so for a free product, BUT ...

Cons

far too many, highly intrusive ads; also the offfers to update other apps is too intrusive, interfering too much with the normal flow of activities. Also has a tendency to produce too many false positive alerts -- all designed to sell the full product

Summary

what was once an excellent product has become much less so -- it needs to rely on festures and reputation alone, rather than become a major lead weight for users

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5 stars

"Reliable protection."

May 03, 2015  |  By jtuptown

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Takes care of itself.

Cons

A bit slow at startup.

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5 stars

"it is very good and effective"

May 03, 2015  |  By cvsprasada

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

very effective for normal use

Cons

sometimes it lets some viruses in.

Summary

u r doing a good job.
keep it up

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4 stars

"a good solid performer"

May 02, 2015  |  By cmoggy

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

the free version offers a quick and thorough scan. also scans for outdated software and unnecessary browser plugins.

Cons

not so good at malware and recent ads for extra software are annoying, would have been 4.5 stars but for this

Summary

a very good free anti virus

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5 stars

"the best anti virus software"

May 01, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

not memory hungry
free to use
provide so many other related prodcut
don't annoy you to buy pro edition
updates almost on daily basis

Cons

Its been more than 4 years that I am using this anti virus and never thought of using any other anti-virus. Sorry I don't know any cons yet.

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5 stars

"What an excellent a/v suite -and much more."

May 01, 2015  |  By pleezwork2

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

What an excellent a/v suite -and much more. Avast is the best I have used. It iIs easy to setup and easy to use. And they have even improved it including other very helpful features such as outdated software scan and more.
Another great thing about Avast is that it will work nicely with other, second a/v 'cleaners. Most others that I have tried do not do so. And since I still use XP on a couple of PC's, that imakes it even more useful and better!

Cons

My only thought on improving it would be to lessen or reduce the load or demand it sometimes takes on the operating system. I don't say it is worse than others, just that it could be even more superior!

Summary

Thankyou!! You are part of our home.

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5 stars

"Keeps my system safe"

April 30, 2015  |  By carnegieja

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Straightforward protection

Cons

None come to mind...

Summary

Protect your system with Avast!

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5 stars

"Very Good Antivirus"

April 29, 2015  |  By ddmillie

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

No problem have used for a couple years Keeps me up to date and its free cant afford the paid version.

Cons

Noting negative about this product.

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4 stars

"Great. Found it free here: fwrd.pw/Avst"

April 29, 2015  |  By dess71

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

This software does the job of protecting your PC effectively. Uses low resources and captures viruses on the spot.

Cons

Non so far

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5 stars

"Best antivirus available"

April 29, 2015  |  By shuttergirltoo

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

I like the free version
The paid version is better.

Cons

I can't afford to buy the paid version now.
I can't afford many of my daily necessities so i have to use the free version, which is still a good program

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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 359,469,674
Downloads Last Week 740,228
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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