Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26322 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2206
  • Total Downloads:
    330,616,138
  • Date Added:
    October 21, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    991,546
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1

Editors' Note: Requires a free registration after 30 days.

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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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.

VPN short 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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  • 2 stars

    "Protects too much."

    October 22, 2014   |   By fraterphoenix

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

    Pros

    None. Sorry about that. Just about all 3rd party security software is just too much for everyday use online or off.

    Cons

    I have recently found out that 3rd party security software is too much for the average user. Gamers and even other software can be blocked to some degree if not completely by these type software. Unless you are a spy working for the government, I see no real reason to use 3rd party security software (free or otherwise). M.S. Essentials is enough.

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  • 5 stars

    "Does a good job without much fuss or system resources"

    October 21, 2014   |   By AussiePete

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2206

    Pros

    Simple to use when you get used to it the interface.
    Uses little resources compared to some other virus programs.

    Cons

    Takes a while to find your way around the modern style settings and interface. I prefer a "classic" type user interface.

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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 XP, Windows 8, Windows, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 4.77MB
    File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 330,616,138
    Downloads Last Week 991,546
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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