Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26911 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    361,577,480
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    730,749
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 80 votes

    • 5 star 60
    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 4
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5 stars

"Easy to install and maintain, relatively easy to update"

May 25, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Freeware for the basic version, which seems good enough at keeping most mundane malware at bay. Easy to update, runs well at relatively low resource consumption in the background, and easy to disable while running high-demand local applications.

Cons

Freeware version has pop-ups which appear occasionally (perhaps once per windows bootup), with reminders for updating, or upgrade specials, or the like. Not terrible by any means.

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5 stars

"Awesome, used at home for years with no breaches at all"

May 25, 2015  |  By Hony

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Easy, quick, lean and free for home use

Cons

No cons at all

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5 stars

"Best Free Antivirus used. Installed on all computers."

May 25, 2015  |  By Bushy260

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Boot-time scan, which starts before any other program has a chance to load, is a major plus.
Easy to turn off all active functions, with multiple shut-down times available, to allow other scanning software programs to run without interference.
Has the ability to work in conjunction with other anti-virus programs.
Network scanning ability to verify security and password strength is appreciated.
Recommended to all friends as a primary antivirus.
Software updater is a useful tool.

Cons

Software updater does not pick up older versions of windows that don't support the software update suggested. For example, Adobe Reader update is not available for systems still running the unsupported Windows XP.

Summary

Walk into most computer shops in Australia, at the right time, and you will hear the friendly voice of Avast advising the database has been updated. If good enough for a computer repair store to use Avast, then it has to be a good antivirus to have at home. I love the ease of use and it's functionality. Highly recommended. :-)

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3 stars

"Once great product now plagued w/annoying upsell popups"

May 24, 2015  |  By blbroom

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Have used Avast Free for more than 10 years and was exceptionally happy for the first 8 years until latest versions added so many pop ups and other annoyances. Does great job protecting from viruses and routinely updating to address new threats

Cons

The pop-up notifications are incredibly annoying. Particularly w/the most current version which has added even more pop-up ads for Avast products. So much so that I'm investigating other antivirus products. Slows down PC performance quite a bit; particularly when searching your C drive to see if it can recommend a new product to sell you

Summary

Searching for another product

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5 stars

"Very nice!!!"

May 24, 2015  |  By Faizal Shah Alam

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Benefit on computer which protect us for surfing on internet

Cons

Need support for computer which is old version

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5 stars

"It is easy to keep up to date using Avast."

May 24, 2015  |  By zforaker

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Free, secure download, updated regularly.

Cons

the up-sell attempts might fool some people into buying a paid version without meaning to.

Summary

I use it on all computers I administer as the first line of defense.

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5 stars

"great performance"

May 23, 2015  |  By XChryso

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

unlike many antivirus out there which creates many lag...

Cons

none that I remember

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5 stars

"No problems since I downloaded"

May 23, 2015  |  By lastoak

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Keeps up to date and has been 100% successful on my equipment.

Cons

None that I can detect.

Summary

May well be the best available.

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5 stars

"Just great. No problems, very reliable."

May 23, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Using it for many years and intend to in future.

Cons

Hope that avast will stay as great as so far.

Summary

Very very satisfied.

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4 stars

"Good but it has its Cons!"

May 22, 2015  |  By MOA3

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Free Version is Good. Really helps maintain your computer safe. Easy to work with and very friendly.

Cons

In order to sell the paid version makes your computer run slow.

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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 361,577,480
Downloads Last Week 730,749
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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