Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26928 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.2.2218
  • Total Downloads:
    362,003,702
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $37.49 to buy
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 97 votes

    • 5 star 72
    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 5
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    4.5

    out of 26928 votes

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    • 4 star 4844
    • 3 star 856
    • 2 star 492
    • 1 star 1089
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5 stars

"Does exactly what it says on the tin"

May 29, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Competent and professional

Cons

Occasionally pushes its way into your work with adverts for what it wants to do. The updates are a bit haphazard and are not as complete as the update software I already own.

Summary

Generally excellent for a free product.

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5 stars

"Exceptional updating and features."

May 29, 2015  |  By aj-dalton

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Ease of use, features, boot-scanning, ability to set protection to high levels.

Cons

Would like ability to have Avast load nearly first upon boot-up. Would like to have Avast do more in the 'Spyware' area and in detecting potentially poor / dangerous Web Sites and eMails before actual loading.

Summary

I've used several Anti-Virus programs and Avast comes out on top - as comparative studies have verified.

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5 stars

"Avast has protected my computers 3 + years"

May 29, 2015  |  By ReboundToday

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Avast is easy to install, and does an excellent job blocking viruses. I have Mcafee doing scans and it has never detected a virus missed by Avast! For a FREE software, that's not bad.

Cons

The one major issue I've found with Avast is that it is not compatible with one plugin that I use (as a Drupal developer - It messes up Advagg). There are frequent popup offers, but that's OK - the developers has to find a way to make money too!

Summary

Great tool. Thanks developers!

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3 stars

"Better than nothing, but not ideal."

May 29, 2015  |  By PatrikSmith

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Free and works sometimes.

Cons

Too many false positives for me.

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5 stars

"It works; what more do I need to say."

May 28, 2015  |  By djmcc2

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

It works well without too much setup.

Cons

Popups that can be lessened in the settings but not completely.

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5 stars

"Effective without slowing down the computer"

May 28, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Effective product

Cons

none at all

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5 stars

""The best a/v that I've tried""

May 28, 2015  |  By olhippie63

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Avast free edition has saved my computer from infections on several occasions.Doesn't slow it down like some other programs.

Cons

None that I can think of.

Summary

Very satisfied with Avast. Keep up the good work.Thank you.

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5 stars

"Works Great!"

May 28, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

is great! stops a lot of sites who have virus' in links and such. Surprised by how many sites have some sort of hidden problems. I have yet to have a virus hurt any of my machines.

Cons

it has only started lately, where it pops up asking if i want to upgrade and such, honestly doesn't bother me too much, because I am using the free version and they need to make money to stay in business, but I just seem to notice it happens a lot more now then when I first started using the product.

Summary

I changed from AVG to this on a friends recommendation and have never regretted it, and now always recommend and use for people I support (I'm an IT person)

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5 stars

"The only antivirus i've used in 10 years"

May 28, 2015

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Free
Premium Quality
Fairly lightweight

Cons

Always running, I know it this age of connectivity it makes sense but surely there has to be a way to reduce the ram and cpu usage while the network isnt active

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5 stars

"One of the very best!!!"

May 28, 2015  |  By tehkaal

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

Pros

Reliability, vigilance, options etc. etc. etc...

Cons

Not many. In fact, just that it makes the system a bit, only a bit, slower which is understandable since it scans every file thoroughly.

Summary

The very best. Highly recommended!

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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 362,003,702
Downloads Last Week 730,749
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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