Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26821 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2215
  • Total Downloads:
    357,672,341
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 03, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    991,997
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 38 votes

    • 5 star 29
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
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3 stars

"free protection just re-up once a year"

April 19, 2015  |  By mikecrab205

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

free to use for many years now

Cons

i have been a free customer for many years and have not had virus problems. my computer was bogging down and i bought grimefighter. could not get it to load. neither could the on-line help. when i refused to buy their $200 clean up, they hung up on me. they will not refund my money or return my calls. don't buy anything, just use the free service.

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5 stars

"5/5 for the best free antivirus software out there."

April 19, 2015  |  By armondcooperstone

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Friendly, easy to use and just sits in the background without annoying "Is this site safe to use" configuring.

Cons

None that I have found after nearly a year of use.

Summary

Love the friendly voice, actually prefer the American lady on mine, despite being Scottish myself!!

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5 stars

"Best free Anti Virus"

April 17, 2015  |  By Aaron Barnhurst

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

It's free
Can link multiple devices

Cons

I haven't come across any cons and I've been using the software for 3 years now.

Summary

I have the free version installed on my desktop but I am using the paid version on my android device and love it.

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5 stars

"Incredible...attacks eradicated since its install."

April 17, 2015  |  By dougkliewer

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Works quietly in the background and stops any unsuspecting attacks

Cons

periodic popup but minimum that it is not a bother

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5 stars

"Best free Antivirus"

April 17, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Detects all viruses in compared to any paid Antivirus such as Quick Heal Antivirus. As I have paid license of Quick Heal Internet Security installed in my PC & Mc-Afee on my Laptop, every virus is being detected by Avast free version with compared to these. Also it comes with a additional feature like Software Updater, which is the best part of it to inform you that new updates of some important applications has released. So I like it pretty much than other antivirus programs & would like to recommend other user to use this application.

Cons

It is free for only one year. Afterwards u have to change registered e-mail ID to continue with it for free.

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5 stars

"King of the Freebies"

April 16, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

1 - Free
2 - Minimal system resource hog
3 - Fast Updates
4 - Trusted by IT professionals
5 - Free, or you can upgrade for a comparable fee to other anti-virus programs and have more protection and features.

Cons

1 - Have to pay for some features that were once free
2 - To access all of the features there is; you guessed it, a fee.

Summary

I have used the big three: McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky and I've had errors performing updates, updates that have cause issues with my OSs, and I've even gotten a virus, Adware, or Trojans. A couple of the above programs did eventually detect the heinous offenders but did not know how to quarantine them. So I was a little skeptical when I switched to a free anti-virus program 6 years ago, but I am still using it and I am still pleased with its ability to protect my PC and my online activities; although I am a bit more cautious as to where I click-an-go online. Being in the professional IT field it would be a little embarrassing to tell me co-workers I got hacked because I got a wicked, nasty virus that hijacked my PC or even crashed it.

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5 stars

"A solid dependable performer"

April 16, 2015  |  By Jon Macart

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Free, frequently updated, expansive virus definitions, and of course did I mention FREE!

Cons

None of significance

Summary

Any system performance degradation is unfortunate but the more you ask an overseeing anti-virus program to do, the greater speed loss. This is not a con but simply an exchange between performance and protection.

Thank you Alwil / Avast - You are appreciated!

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5 stars

"Free, effective"

April 16, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Free, nice UI

Cons

Pop-Up advertisements

Summary

Avast Free Antivirus 2015 is a terrific choice for virus protection.

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4 stars

"Helps identify suspect sites"

April 16, 2015  |  By DGould497

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Avast pops up and warns of sites that might be infected, it is free, and is more effective compared to most free sites.

Cons

When you are downloading a program, it pops up and doesn't give you enough time to cancel the blocking of the download. I have never had it allow a download and have to be ready with only 3 seconds to click on the "allow" button.

Summary

Overall, for a free program, it exceeds the competition and doesn't force you to purchase the pro version unless you want more security.

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3 stars

"Used to be better!"

April 14, 2015  |  By JoshD15

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

Pros

Decent antivirus with good blocking and virus clean up, Does not slow down machines alot.

Cons

Virus detection is not better with newer versions. Not recommended for older or 1GB ram machines. Pop ups are getting worse as recently very large adverts are coming trough daily, of which can only be disabled if purchase paid version.

Summary

There are better antivirus software out there with less of the cons as mentioned above, such as Bitdefender antivirus free, Avira antivirus free and Panda antivirus free.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.2.2215
  • Improved Windows 10 Compatibility
  • Browser Cleanup integrated to Avast UI and added to Smart Scan
  • WebShield improvements for faster browsing and fixed issues with expired certificates
  • Avast NG virtualization -- performance and stability fixes
  • AccessAnywhere feature is removed and replaced with remote connection feature available through Account screen in all editions (not limited to Premier)
  • New design of Chrome plugin
  • Better license activation during setup
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date March 23, 2015
Date Added April 03, 2015
Version 2015.10.2.2215
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.23MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 357,672,341
Downloads Last Week 991,997
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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