Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26495 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    340,355,044
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,174,395
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 132 votes

    • 5 star 105
    • 4 star 17
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    out of 26495 votes

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4 stars

"Works OK; CPU hog, especially on startup"

December 20, 2014  |  By ssfahrer

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Cuts web pages off if security threat found.

Cons

Takes more CPU than one might expect for such a product.

Summary

It's worth the price: FREE....

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5 stars

"The Very Best Anti Virus"

December 20, 2014  |  By sandu_kan

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

The Very Best Anti Virus

Cons

The Very Best Anti Virus

Summary

The Very Best Anti Virus

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5 stars

"Best free antivirus you can get"

December 20, 2014  |  By avast2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Alerts when a potentially harmful website has been accessed. Monitors programs and reminds you to update them.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Monitors your computer and internet surfing without all the bloat of other antivirus software. Wont slow you down.

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5 stars

"Best antivirus I've ever used!"

December 19, 2014  |  By daddylannie

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Basic version is free! Premium protection is available at a great value.

Cons

I have had only great experiences with this product.

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5 stars

"Best free Anti-Virus ever!"

December 19, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

1. FREE!
2. Lots of features offered free.
3. Reliable, able to detect most virus and spyware
4. Still supports xp users.

Cons

The only setback I see is that sometimes when it scans it sometimes induces hang or pc slowdown, but i guess it affects older pcs only, as I dont observe it in my latest pc.

Summary

I always recommend this antivirus and when friends come to have their pc reformatted, I include AVAST as a default program.

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5 stars

"Solid, reliable, effective, FREE!"

December 18, 2014  |  By sam.f

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Good AV performance
Small resource footprint
Low false positives
Quietly does it's thing without needing much attention
Lets you know if action required
Free!!

Cons

Occasionally has mildly annoying adverts

Summary

My preferred AV product for my personal computers plus the one I recommend to all others.

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5 stars

"very good for the low price of FREE"

December 18, 2014  |  By blair.diehl.7

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

I like the fact that I can be online and if I search on bing it will tell me what website are secure, and not to mention the fact that I am using the free version. I have had several pops up warnings that a virus was attempted and Avast had blocked it. VERY VERY HAPPY very good product.

Cons

only thing I can think of would be the pro version be a bit cheapier

Summary

Love the Product

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5 stars

"The Very Best Anti Virus"

December 18, 2014  |  By jukes101

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Avast has added a smart scan which is quick and reliable. Can still run a boot scan which I have not found in any other anti virus free or paid for. There is also a sandbox which if you suspect a file could be harmful to your p.c.you can run the file in the sand box and if their is malware/viruses it will not harm your p.c.Their are numerous extra,s which Avast has added to their software to ensure that your p.c. is safe at all times.

Cons

None that I have come across.

Summary

I have been using Avast for more than 10 years and although I have tried other anti virus software , I found nothing that compares to Avast. Still the best and remains the best and always at the cutting edge.

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5 stars

"Great light-weight, fast and simple anti-virus"

December 18, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

light-weight. small ram consumption.
works flawlessly in the background. almost no attention needed.
updates data base more than once a day, which means your protection is at it's max.
amazing on slower machines. user friendly UI.
world wide language support.

Cons

no firewall in the free version.
default values for alerts and messages is too long.

Summary

amazing overall anti-virus!
best one by a mile.
simply download and enjoy.

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5 stars

"All you need from a non paid product and more!"

December 18, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Excellent program (free of charge) auto updates you'r programs and Antivirust itself..
No doubt it is one of the best non paid Antivirus as of now , so i will strongly recommend this product. especially for those who have paid for a Antivirus and have disappointed with it , like i did , i paid over 60 euros to get Bitdefender So i really know what i'm talking when it comes to paid products , after that i decided to give avast a try and ever since been using it , soon to be 3 years.

Cons

Sometimes it detects false positive files , but hey you use paid program it has it own flaws as well.

Summary

So i personally i'm happy with my FREE avast Antivirus program , and as far i'm concerned i will keep on using it , until something major happens anytime soon with this antivirus or some other , for now it really does not have any flaws as far i'm aware.

Updated on Dec 18, 2014

Best AV Freeware!

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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 XP, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.77MB
File Name avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 340,355,044
Downloads Last Week 1,174,395
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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