Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26839 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    358,613,487
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    902,585
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

"One of the best antiviruses I've used!"

April 26, 2015  |  By Jimmy Vang

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

I've not gotten any virus as of yet using this product. I also love the way it blocks and warns me of dangerous websites ahead of time.

Cons

I've yet to find one.

Summary

Try it for yourself and see!

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5 stars

"Best antivirus out there."

April 26, 2015  |  By glertsgal

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Does not hog memory. Works with all my downloaded software without glitches. Have not been virused since using this product.

Cons

can't think of one.

Summary

Excellent antivirus, does exactly what it says it will.

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5 stars

"It does every thing with a few clicks of the mouse."

April 25, 2015  |  By nicholas.brooks.56

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

It has a vast array of things it does even on the free version. If you want every thing then pay and get the full version or get other people to subscribe through your recommendation and then your version is FREE.

Cons

Its a hard to think of one thing it does not do for you.

Summary

I have been using the free version for years and I can't fault it.

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5 stars

"worth trying out!"

April 25, 2015  |  By deejay_296

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

ease of use, great protection

Cons

sometimes slows system when scanning

Summary

would recommend to friends and family

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5 stars

"Just Awesome!"

April 25, 2015  |  By Mataichi

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Great job Avast! It's easy to use and navigate the interface. Linked it to Google Chrome for safe internet surfing. Everything can easily be turned off or on, allow or deny with a click. Worth registering 1 year for the free version. Premium is also a good deal at $1.99 per month.

Cons

None that I can think of actually.

Summary

Try it yourself it's a really great antivirus.

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5 stars

"Excelent product"

April 24, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Easy to use.

Cons

Nothing to complain.

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5 stars

"Saved me many times"

April 24, 2015  |  By jimc0214

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Early warning before making a big mistake of going somewhere or downloading I shouldn't.

Cons

Nagging pop-ups trying to sell me other software products. I just ignore them and let fade away.

Summary

I've used Avast for years. It has never let me down. I've used other antivirus programs. Avast to me is the best! Runs in the background and wouldn't know it was there, if not for those pop-ups. They really aren't that bad and do go away quickly.

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5 stars

"Excellent product and support!"

April 23, 2015  |  By BillMelater57

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Have never had an issue. Blocks everything malicious trying to get in and shows me when it blocks a threat.

Cons

Cannot think of a single con.

Summary

Best antivirus out there. Unlike McAfee & Norton, it does not create conflicts with installed software. I have never had a single malware, nor software conflict issue in the many years I have been running Avast. It also lets me know whenever it finds and blocks a threat.

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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 358,613,487
Downloads Last Week 902,585
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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