Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26349 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2206
  • Total Downloads:
    332,102,078
  • Date Added:
    October 21, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,114,124
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

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5 stars

"Simply the best, and it's free."

November 01, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

works very well, does not take much system resources at all, auto updates, never had a virus in the 3 years or more i have been using it,

Cons

the only downside is occasional pop-ups from Avast trying to get you to buy some of their products, understandable in a free product though.

Summary

i have used several different AV programs over the years, both free and paid for, but Avast is the only one i use now and recommend to other people.

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4 stars

"Very Good Antivirus Free Program"

October 31, 2014  |  By fredg06

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Good Antivirus program, running without slowing down my computer.

Cons

Cannot schedule scans in the Free version. Have to do it manually.

Summary

I have a 2000 Dell Tower, running XP, SP3, and only 256 meg RAM. I tried Ad-Aware Antivirus, but it calls for 512 meg RAM. It slowed down my computer too, too much!
I reinstalled Avast, and really miss being able to schedule a scan. It has to be done manually.
I highly suggest trying Ad-Aware Antivirus, if you have 512 meg RAM or more.

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5 stars

"Far and above the Call of Duty."

October 30, 2014  |  By SCOm1359AP

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Avast Free Antivirus runs in the background keeping one's computer clean and secure without all the painful intrusiveness of pay programs like Norton or Kaspersky. It doesn't alter any settings automatically or commandeer one's internet connection until one pays for renewal. Avast updates automatically and gives a brief out of the way pop-up when this happens, along with a verbal notice, both of which can be easily turned off if desired. Multiple languages are available, including Pirate Talk because, why not? Avast also does not interfere with similar security programs such as MalwareBytes, Spybot, or CCleaner. It's smart enough to recognize what is and is not a harmful program.

Cons

The voice notifications are loud enough to be heard anywhere in the room and if one is playing a video game on full screen, the pop up notice will generally show up in front of the window. Turn off notices when playing games and this issue goes away.

Summary

I recommend this program to anyone and everyone having problems with viruses. When I worked tech support and someone called in because they're computer was acting strangely, my first question was "What antivirus program are you running?" When they invariably said, "Norton," I told them to switch to Avast. It catches what the pay programs let through. It doesn't hold your internet connection hostage. Avast doesn't treat you like a child. It acts as a shield bearer, not a nanny, running defense while you work rather than holding your hand and acting like you're not smart enough to know how to take care of yourself online.

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5 stars

"the best antivirus I have ever used"

October 30, 2014  |  By oldbud54

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

constantly updating and improving

Cons

none, I cannot think of any improvements that they have not thought of first

Summary

we all need antivirus programs and you wont find better than avast

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5 stars

"Thorough job done quickly."

October 30, 2014  |  By DarkBelarus

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

It's quick, easy to use, tells you when to update, and has alerts to tell you of not only when its updated but when its blocked or deleted malware without disrupting what you are doing.

Cons

The cons however, are that the free version isn't all that great and I don't have money to pay for a higher end anti-virus like Kaspersky or the paid for anti-viruses put out by Avast. It would be nice if there were nice freeware options out there so one doesn't have to just go with trial version after trial version. The second con is that sometimes it will suddenly block a site that you have been on forever. This happened to me while I was on youtube checking out youtube users channels that I have been on may times before yet it put up a red screen saying it was a danger and that it blocked the page which is irritating when you know you are on a page that is fine yet it does that.

Summary

Avast free or paid for is good though it would be better as a freeware but that's my opinion since I don't have the money to pay for a good ant-virus. However after doing a trail of the paid version it was great I had few problems with it and it ran smoothly. I recommend this in any version to anyone looking for an antivirus that is a little cheaper and has a free version for those unable to have the more expensive antiviruses.

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5 stars

"Peace of mind"

October 30, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

It is free
Definitions get updated regularly

Cons

Malware/Spyware is not detected

Summary

Excellent for those who prefer free

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5 stars

"Very good product"

October 30, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Easy to control
Simple interface

Cons

Some options not availible for free

Summary

It's overall a very good poduct, but I'd like to see more options availible

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3 stars

"Avast Antivirus Free Edition"

October 29, 2014  |  By tacobelle

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

It's free.

Cons

Things pop up all the time and the options to deal with them don't work. They often seem like false positives because either the item is something like flashplayer, or it's showing something in a folder that isn't in the folder where it's supposed to be located. Free version suddenly started leaving windows open after the scan is finished, which is probably an annoying way to get you to buy their paid product. I was happy with Avast for many years, till recently.

Summary

Looking for new free antivirus protection.

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5 stars

"the best antivirus"

October 28, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

the best antivirus

Cons

the best antivirus

Summary

the best antivirus

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5 stars

"Reliable anti-virus"

October 28, 2014  |  By jukebox76

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

Pros

Frequent updates

Cons

Not easy to revert to free version after paid version

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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, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8.1, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 332,102,078
Downloads Last Week 1,114,124
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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