Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26335 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2206
  • Total Downloads:
    330,945,603
  • Date Added:
    October 21, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    991,546
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.4

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26335 votes

    • 5 star 19207
    • 4 star 4771
    • 3 star 820
    • 2 star 479
    • 1 star 1058
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5 stars

"Best ever in my book ! <br /> <br />The absolute best ever in my"

October 24, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Simple - easy & very effective !

Cons

None what so ever -

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1 stars

"Used to be good - now, not so much."

October 23, 2014  |  By Basuto9

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I found it's easy to uninstall, anyway.

Cons

I've been an Avast user for years and was happy with it, at least until recent versions. It constantly interrupts me on the Internet and tells me it has saved me - it "saves" me from sites like AT&T.net, Walmart, Walgreen's and similar others. I've been reporting these false positives for at least one year, but nothing seems to have been done at Avast. I finally gave up (tired of reporting "False Positives"), uninstalled Avast and downloaded AVG instead. At least AVG lets me go to my regular safe sites without stopping me and trumpeting it just saved me from Amazon or B&H Photo.

Summary

If Avast ever does anything about their faulty algorithms/sensitivities I would be happy to use it again, but the way it is now? No.

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5 stars

"The best and easiest to use"

October 23, 2014  |  By cjdj

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I've used Avast Free Antivirus and I feel it is the best of any antivirus.

Cons

I don't have any "cons".

Summary

It's free, easy to use and does a great job of protecting my computer. It updates automatically and just keeps improving with new features. I wouldn't use anything else!

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5 stars

"Good free product"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free and does a good job at protecting

Cons

Pop ups can be annoying. Writing a review to get rid of a pop up now

Summary

Great free option for protecting your computer.

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5 stars

"Protects more then enough!"

October 23, 2014  |  By leftylaska

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free version catches bad sites. Does more then most anti virus programs but does not make it difficult for you to uninstall.

Cons

Have had for a few years now and can not find any.

Summary

Best for the money (-;

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4 stars

"Works well, spams too many adverts."

October 23, 2014  |  By Zognorf

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Seems to do its job without slowing down my system.

Cons

Keeps telling me I have "dangerous search engines" or some-such, by which it means Google, and wants to replace it with another one nobody uses.

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5 stars

"Simple and super fast to sort those Nasty Gremlins"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Boot scan is a weapon, finds 90% of the issues
Software updater is super useful
Easy use interface
Self updates with a vocal notification

Cons

Doesn't always get new virus's occurring,or at least straight away.
Some older virus have been over sited and not found
The bad tool bar remover cleans great but will keep adjusting your web browser search to BING OR YAHOO .? really i do understand its a free protections and these simply seem to be sponsors but very annoying

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5 stars

"My PC's personal bodyguard and protector.....!!!!!"

October 23, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Free
Real time scans (Online & offline)
Best thing I like is the boot time scan feature
Very nice UI

Cons

Have been using avast since last 4-5 years and didnt face any issue as of now

Summary

Reliable and surf without any worries coz avast gonna take care of everything else.

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5 stars

"Safe, Fast."

October 22, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Not CPU consuming, block suspicious sites quick.

Cons

Cannot solve the Java update problem.

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5 stars

""Great product, old &#38; new versions.""

October 22, 2014  |  By PurPanda

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

I have used Avast for years without a single problem. It has stopped a number of "PROBLEMS," and I recommend it to all my friends and family & they have been using it for years too & love it. Thanks for a great product, Avast, & stopping all my problems trying to come in! :-)

Cons

None that I have came across.

Summary

Wouldn't it be nice if all downloads were as efficient and trustworthy as Avast? We have been using Avast for 10 + years! :-)

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.0.2206
  • New features: Redesigned user interface; Home Network Security, HTTPS scanning, SmartScan.
  • Improvements: Browser Cleanup, antivirus and anti-malware protection, Software Updater, MyAvast Account integration.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date October 21, 2014
Date Added October 21, 2014
Version 2015.10.0.2206
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 330,945,603
Downloads Last Week 991,546
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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