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Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 27208 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.3.2225
  • Total Downloads:
    369,507,117
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • File Size:
    5.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    493,327
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 111 votes

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    out of 27208 votes

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5 stars

"Great free anti virus product"

September 03, 2015  |  By Ashok Kumar Satapathy

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

It is a great product, i want to use it for always.

Cons

some more options could be made free

Summary

Avast has always worked well for me--computer on 24/7 for years and have never had an infection. I recommend it to every friend, but they need to choose which option they use.

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5 stars

"it's the best antivirus"

September 03, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

couldn't get a better antivirus

Cons

don't want any other antivirus

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5 stars

"Great free antivirus"

September 03, 2015  |  By Cossack1

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Free and efficient

Cons

some paid options could be made free

Summary

Great choice for those who do not want to spend much on software and to have their computer well protected. I am using it for three years and would highly recommend

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5 stars

"Never let me down"

September 03, 2015  |  By Darth Chronis

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Free
Effective
Many options, if you choose to drill down into the setails

Cons

The pop ups are a tad annoying but easily ignored.

Summary

I have been using the free version of Avast for over 10 years and have never had an issue. It has successfully protected my PCs regardless of how mundane or filthy my web surfing has been. It is the first thing I install on every new PC I buy and I recommend it to everyone who asks about antivirus software. It has evolved quite a bit over the years and it has many features available for those who like such things. It also runs nice and quiet in the background for people like me who just want to be protected. A great product.

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5 stars

"Great free product"

September 02, 2015  |  By Athena11011

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Small size
Regular updates -- Keeping up to date
Price (free!)

Cons

Some features don't work (I paid for PC cleanup multiple licences and was unable to install on second PC)
It has a lot of pop ups - yes, security warnings, but it's annoying

Summary

I recommend it to everyone, but users should choose the options they need

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1 stars

"Adware non stop"

September 01, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

I guess it still does virus protection

Cons

Big pop up ads appear all the time. Even though you set notification to none or a few seconds, the ads pop up and you have to close them manually.

Summary

This is annoying. I have been using avast for years. pop up ads once in a while is ok for a free product. But now once an hour or so is anoying

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1 stars

"don't know if working well"

September 01, 2015  |  By jozsinko46

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

clean many things, but how well???

Cons

very difficult to remove if you want to get rid-off that

Summary

I wouldn't recommend unless you do know computer well

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5 stars

"My Favorite Choice"

August 31, 2015  |  By juanhacko

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

Avast has always worked well for me--computer on 24/7 for years and have never had an infection. A few warnings which have always been heeded.

Cons

I miss the verbal announcement of updates.

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4 stars

"Free!!! Can't beat the price and it works good"

August 31, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

It is a great product that gets the job done.

Cons

Too many pop ups wanting you to upgrade.

Summary

I will continue to use it even with the pop ups. After all you have to expect some advertising because it is a free product. Thank you Avast

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5 stars

"its the best"

August 30, 2015  |  By zombe001

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.3.2225

Pros

its free
works great

Cons

i cant think of a con

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.10.3.2225
This is a maintenance release.
General
Publisher AVAST Software
Publisher web site https://www.avast.com
Release Date July 30, 2015
Date Added July 30, 2015
Version 2015.10.3.2225
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 369,507,117
Downloads Last Week 493,327
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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