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Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27199 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.3.2225
  • Total Downloads:
    369,241,707
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    493,327
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 102 votes

    • 5 star 74
    • 4 star 19
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 4
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5 stars

"its the best"

August 30, 2015  |  By zombe001

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

its free
works great

Cons

i cant think of a con

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5 stars

"Great Protection"

August 30, 2015  |  By ThePansyBastard

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Easy to use, understand
Not a memory hog
Great support

Cons

A few false positives in programs, but easily fixable
Not as many reports as I would like

Summary

I think it is a great AV program. I've never had a virus make it past Avast. I put it on my father's computer because he doesn't know better when clicking on links and its kept him safe too. I like the fact it doesn't hog resources like other free ones.

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4 stars

"GREAT PRODUCT FOR FREE"

August 30, 2015  |  By Blackpython

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

WORKS WELL ON WIN 8

Cons

POP UPS ARE ANNOYING

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5 stars

"Best free antivirus"

August 30, 2015  |  By Navin Maheshwari

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Do not worry about virus and bed sites anymore if you have an avast.

Cons

Payment option should be more flexible for paid version(all people do not have a credit card or visa card)

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5 stars

"Been using it for ages, never let me down."

August 29, 2015  |  By drewc90

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Free. Let's be honest, that is probably why most of us have it. Just as good as paid anti virus. Never had any problems. Not a memory hog.

Cons

Can't think of any except it pops up in the bottom right corner every once and a while for different things. Like this time it popped up and said please review avast... so I am.

Summary

Great anti virus. No problems. Oh, it's free. DL it.

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3 stars

"Worked great until Windows 10"

August 28, 2015  |  By carol.hollett

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Was always happy with Avast until Windows 10 - could be a bit cumbersome in the background and the pop ups area bit annoying, but it is free so overall no problem.

Cons

Have had to uninstall as it seems to have caused a critical error with the start menu and Cortana issues in Windows 10. Laptop is working fine and critical error has gone now Avast is uninstalled.

Summary

Would reinstall if solution found to the Windows 10 problem

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3 stars

"Works OK, But ..."

August 28, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Seems to do the job.

Cons

FAR too many nag screens, begging you in various ways to give them money (claims that your computer is running slowly, etc.). If they don't want to offer a free product, then perhaps they should charge for it to begin with, rather than annoy the user multiple times a day. The nag screens don't just disappear after a few seconds, either. You have stop what you're doing and click on them. Also, it's not clear which button you need to click when upgrading the program. The free version appears to be grayed out (not clickable), while the paid version is prominently clickable. If it weren't for the constant nag screens, I would've given the program 5 stars.

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4 stars

"Great free antivirus"

August 27, 2015  |  By rattacko123

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Works well
FREEEEEE (unless you upgrade)
has useful features

Cons

A bit bloated with advertisements

Summary

AVAST antivirus is a great piece of antivirus software, and I have used it for more than four years. It works well and protects against various viruses/programs. AVAST antivirus receives virus definition updates quite often (more than daily) which is great.
My only problem is that recently it has started to be a bit bloated and it advertises with popups on the bottom right corner of my screen. But I can't really complain since the thing is free.

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3 stars

"Used to be the best but losing the plot now"

August 27, 2015  |  By dgoadby

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Reliable virus detection

Cons

Getting cheeky with the messages and pop-ups.
Really stupid recommendations sometimes on systems that are running ok and stable.
Fed up with updates that require reboots.
Sneaky Chrome install option. Should be opt-in not opt-out

Summary

I switched from AVG five years ago as it was getting bloated. Sadly, AVAST is going the same way.
The nag screens are a PITA and do not encourage me to upgrade.
Recently it has stopped Firefox downloads completing so it is now turned off for 10 mins whilst downloads complete another PITA.
I am considering switching back to AVG or trying another.

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4 stars

"Effective, bu too obtrusive last time."

August 27, 2015  |  By lobo_mailru

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Free, effective, nice user interface, contains remote access tools.

Cons

Too much adverticement last ltime. Scanning hard drive after turning computer on takes all resources and makes computer usage almost impossible; schedule is impossible to edit.

Summary

I am still planning to use it.

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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 369,241,707
Downloads Last Week 493,327
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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