Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26897 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    361,298,362
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    800,228
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 66 votes

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5 stars

"Great product"

May 22, 2015  |  By s23253

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

free to use, amazing detection

Cons

yet to find any

Summary

well worth getting

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5 stars

"JUST GREAT!"

May 22, 2015  |  By o2bnpjs

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Easy program to use....The Boot Time scan is the best feature of all, will save your computer every time. I hope they never take away that feature.
Best Virus Protection I have found that really works...and I have had them all...and none of them work as good as Avast!

Cons

I have not found any cons when it comes to this software.

Summary

I would and have recommended this software to anyone who wants to keep their computer clean and safe.......Keep up the good work...But what ever you do keep the Boot Time Scan.....It makes this the best Anti-Virus program out there.

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4 stars

"Annoying Popups!"

May 21, 2015  |  By malopicc

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Finds and traps virus'
Takes little resources.

Cons

The annoying popup "tips".

Summary

Really needs a check box to turn off the popups.

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3 stars

"Decent free AV program but way too intrusive"

May 20, 2015  |  By ZoidbergForPresident

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Lots of options

Cons

Annoying useless popups.
Built-in adverts for missing features.

Summary

As others have said too, it's a decent antivirus program but there are way too many times where it annoys you with unblockable popups.

I'd rather have a "pay 5? and be done with the ads forever" kind of deal for the free version.

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5 stars

"Simply The Best!"

May 20, 2015  |  By Anna Menzies

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Never had a problem that Avast hasn't caught

Cons

I cannot think of any cons at all.I feel fully confident that Avast is protecting my PC

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4 stars

"Great anti-virus, but why all the advertising?"

May 20, 2015  |  By jesbion

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Seems to work flawlessly, and has never given any problems, but is like others in often stopping you from accessing "questionable" websites, some which shouldn't have been reported, and are safe....

Cons

Incessant advertising......Why, when they have provided the product for those who can't afford the pay versions? Seems counterproductive!

Summary

Not much to brag about, unless the fact is it works for free, and updates automatically like it should... But is it worth it is becoming the question as the advertising has become so "embolden" as to make you jump on some occasions!

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5 stars

"Has always worked well. Free!"

May 20, 2015  |  By nckcnc

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Free!
Seems to do the job!

Cons

Nothing much...Pushes upgrades (but not overly annoying).

Summary

I've been using Avast for years on all my computers. I've never had any problems with viruses, and occasionally Avast catches some things that have tried to infect my computer while I browse. It's amazing it's free.

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5 stars

"one of the best software"

May 20, 2015  |  By mail.adrian.popescu

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

easy and cover many things

Cons

nothing as a free

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5 stars

"Great Product"

May 19, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Avast helps keep my computer free of malware

Cons

needs more free services

Summary

worth the price if you can afford the full version better than nothing if you cannot afford the full version

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5 stars

"I think avast is best within all free antivirus support"

May 18, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

I have used another antivirus before which destroyed the widows. But avast is not like them.

Cons

I have nothing to say....

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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 361,298,362
Downloads Last Week 800,228
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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