Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27108 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.3.2225
  • Total Downloads:
    367,112,061
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    584,647
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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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    out of 12 votes

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    • 4 star 3
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5 stars

"Best Anti-Virus I've ever used"

August 01, 2015  |  By Stupidforusingcnet

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Regular Updates
Has numerous scans that are extremely useful
Does a boot up scan that catches things that the regular scan misses
It's free
I can schedule quick scans every day except one when Avast does a full system scan. I couldn't do that with other programs.
Avast works seamlessly in the background and doesn't effect other running programs while it's scanning..
Uses very little resources.

Cons

The network scan always comes up with passwords that haven't been changed but it doesn't tell you where they are. I know that all my passwords have been changed and are strong passwords so I have no idea where the problem is.

Summary

I've been using Avast for many years now. I have never had a virus on any of my systems since I started using Avast. As far as I am concerned, there is no better free Anti-Virus on the market. I have been wanting to buy a license for Avast but I've found in past, with paid versions, that they bloat out the system and use a lot of your resources. Until I'm completely sure that this won't happen, I'm going to stick with the free version.

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4 stars

"Happy Computing"

August 01, 2015  |  By Touhidur Rahman

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Very Good. keeps my PC safe.

Cons

none I have noticed.

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5 stars

"The best free anti virus I have ever used."

August 01, 2015  |  By rahul179

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Silent operation without too much interference.

Cons

None that I could find.

Summary

It is the best.

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5 stars

"the best free anti virus ever"

July 31, 2015  |  By himanshu306

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

auto update is good, more over it's best thing is that it detect viruses nicely.

Cons

no cons for this anti virus software. just you need a good processor and minimum 2 or more gb ram.

Summary

I am using this antivirus software from many years and It feels me safe from viruses.

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5 stars

"Fast and effective antivirus solution"

July 31, 2015  |  By jesus.cam

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Protects from potential and harmful sites
Makes you feel protected as it alerts you thru your navigation
Low cost in suscriptions

Cons

Not easy to find sites that were blocked

Summary

Best solution for me

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1 stars

"AVAST QUIT WORKING IN JULY AND FREEZES THE COMPUTER UP"

July 31, 2015  |  By dkbolen

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

AVAST QUIT WORKING IN JULY AND FREEZES THE COMPUTER UP

Cons

AVAST QUIT WORKING IN JULY AND FREEZES THE COMPUTER UP

Summary

MY COMPUTER PROBLEMS ARE FROM THE AVAST ANTIVIRUS PROTECTION I PAID FOR. I PAID FOR AVAST IN 2014 AND 2015. THE RUDE TECHNICIAN I TALKED TO IN COSTA RICA TOLD ME I COULD PAY THEM HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR A LEVEL 2 TECHNICIAN TO MAKE IT WORK. I SAID NO THANK YOU. HE BLAMED IT ON WINDOWS VISTA UPDATES THIS MONTH, WHICH THERE WERE. COMPLETELY UNHAPPY.

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5 stars

"wonderful system"

July 31, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

easy to operate, easy to understand and just what I want in a security system

Cons

none I can think of

Summary

excellent company, very trustworthy and keep up the good work

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4 stars

"Excellent Antivirus for little or no money..."

July 31, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Fast does not affect the function of my work on this machine.

Cons

Could update everyday without problems

Summary

Love the software excellent anti virus

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5 stars

"Consistently the best."

July 31, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Haven't been boinked in quite awhile thanks to Avast! Low resource usage.

Cons

Coupla modules, e.g., Grimefighter, that are uneccesary to me have to be disabled.

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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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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 367,112,061
Downloads Last Week 584,647
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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