Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26681 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    345,743,460
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    846,622
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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

    4.6

    out of 316 votes

    • 5 star 248
    • 4 star 40
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 15
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26681 votes

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    • 4 star 4816
    • 3 star 832
    • 2 star 485
    • 1 star 1077
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5 stars

"effective and gives confidence"

January 27, 2015  |  By haeg1691

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

free and regularly updated

Cons

Telling me I have defective search engine, when it means 'google'

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4 stars

"This program is good"

January 27, 2015  |  By Rick Dd

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Usually catches viruses before they happen even though it is the free version.

Has lots of set-up variables to allow you to use as you like, not forcing you to do it their way.

Cons

Slow to load at start-up.
Keeps other programs from starting while it is loading itself (sometimes several minutes by the time it checks for updates, etc.)

Summary

I really don't know how it compares to other free antivirus programs since i've almost always used this one. I am satisfied with its performance and probably will always keep it as long as it remains free.

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5 stars

"Great Program really works"

January 24, 2015  |  By herckit97

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Multiple scans, quick or intensive
Runs in background
Stops bad websites

Cons

None from me

Summary

Have used it for a lot of years, no other, chose this one over Mcaffee

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3 stars

"Won't un-install "SlimWare's: Driver Update""

January 23, 2015  |  By Lila789

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

It took nearly two hours to clean up the "grime" on our computer, so feel very strongly that it was doing something beneficial.

Cons

My credit card was charged twice, so I have to call and see what that was about.
I was hoping that it would remove the program installed by publisher "SlimWare," which I believe to be malware, but it did not. I have been unable to successfully uninstall this SlimWare program; it seems to come with a built in guard against allowing someone to uninstall it.

Summary

All-in-all, I guess Avast is probably an OK program for general grime, but specific viruses it does not seem to take care of. I think we will still have to take our computer in to a "doctor" if we want to get rid of that d*mn SlimWare thing. Ugh.

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5 stars

"Awesome program and free protection!"

January 23, 2015  |  By ben.mowbray

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Blocks pretty much everything
Never had any trouble with it
Good compatibility
Excellent firewall

Cons

Annoying ads for other products crop up, but hey, free virus protection, no complaining!

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5 stars

""The" best antivirus program I have ever used!"

January 23, 2015  |  By weedmannj

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Avast is easy to use, easy to understand, auto updates are great.
I have never gotten a virus or anything by that matter since I started using Avast over a decade ago I would guess. I had a worm virus (Klez) virus, it sends emails out of your computer at a rate of up 400-500 per day...Avast annihilated this virus and set my system back to perfect and that was over 10 years ago. I love Avast**

Cons

Not a one.

Summary

If your "not" using Avast....Your not safe.

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3 stars

"I have always used Avast Free but...."

January 23, 2015  |  By paula.graff1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Has always been a good program in the past, catches things some don't and easy to install.

Cons

Every since I have installed this time around (2015) my computer has slowed down, freezes frequently and takes up to 46sec's now to open a page...not happy about that at all.

Summary

Would love this again if my cons were fixed....

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5 stars

"excellent value"

January 22, 2015  |  By grad0001

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

works in background, low impact on system resources, has caught and protected

Cons

none I think of

Summary

would and will recommend

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1 stars

"They double bill you!"

January 22, 2015  |  By donnakrrr

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Terrible company. I have had 2 ransoms and 2 Viruses since I started using Avast.

Cons

They have double billed me this years and will not give me back my money. No way to contact company everything is by e-mail. Support is a joke. Terrible experience.

Summary

Buy somewhere else. This company sucks.

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4 stars

"Must-use free AVP."

January 22, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Effective.
Reliable.
Provides strong prevention and blocking, not just curing.

Cons

At first, i didn't understand the concept of "chest". Is the file deleted or not? If it is compromised, why keep it in chest? That option is different than other AV programs i used before avast. But i guess every AVP has some features different than others.

Summary

I have no intention to change my AVP. Avast stays.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.0.2208
  • Fixed problem with missing NG component under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed a bug in the keyboard driver causing problems with keyboards.
  • Better compatibility of the WebShield with some https pages (e.g. spotify, waze, etc.).
  • SecureDNS - better logic of server selection resulting in performance improvements.
  • Fixed reported crashes.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site http://www.avast.com
Release Date November 10, 2014
Date Added November 10, 2014
Version 2015.10.0.2208
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 345,743,460
Downloads Last Week 846,622
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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