Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 26508 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.10.0.2208
  • Total Downloads:
    340,656,965
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,128,473
  • 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 This one convenient scan checks all the places where contemporary malware lurks, like unpatched exploits found in out-of-date applications and lax in-home network security.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 145 votes

    • 5 star 114
    • 4 star 18
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 26508 votes

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    • 4 star 4793
    • 3 star 827
    • 2 star 483
    • 1 star 1069
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5 stars

"The best Anti-Virus application you can use!"

December 22, 2014  |  By pmfrech

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

What is there not to like, love this product!

Cons

None, at least that I have been able to find.

Summary

Recommend this product to everyone, have it on all my computers, laptops and mobile devices.

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5 stars

"I have been using it for 4 years"

December 22, 2014  |  By kac_1968

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Easy to use and it's free You can upgrade for a small fee for a higher amount of protection

Cons

None that I had found

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1 stars

"Best to Worst"

December 22, 2014  |  By jfrye433

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Great anti-virus software at its core.

Cons

Has resorted to sleezy background tactics to generate revenue. The first thing I noticed was their message they started injecting into my outgoing emails sent via Outlook (scanned by Avast!). Okay, not horrible, but then it turned into random advertisements that took you to the dark corners of the internet! So, business clients began responding wondering why I was doing this... pretty embarrassing.

You can read about other stuff such as Avast injecting their own AdWare into your browser via their extension (http://www.howtogeek.com/199829/avast-antivirus-was-spying-on-you-with-adware-until-this-week/).

Summary

Avast! used to be the best anti-virus protection, paid or unpaid. I have used Avast! for several years and have recommended it to everyone I know (I am in technology field so everyone asks me about stuff like this). Frankly, I am embarrassed. I think the product is still good, but the changes that have occurred over the last year are really concerning (see cons). I would not recommend this to anyone going forward.

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5 stars

"The Best FREE anti Virus made..."

December 22, 2014  |  By fladiver

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Full functioning

Cons

N/A No downsides

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4 stars

"Appears to do a very good job"

December 22, 2014  |  By footballer69

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Free, simple to use and hopefully does a very good job

Cons

None really but it's hard to know just how good it is

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2 stars

"Works but annoying"

December 21, 2014  |  By Rhett422

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Seems to work alright.
Not as bloated as Symantec software.

Cons

Pop-ups Every. Single. Day. It's become very very annoying.

Summary

Used for years for half dozen devices - lower quality each year.

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5 stars

"I am very happy with the program and very thankful it's"

December 21, 2014  |  By broeye49

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

It works and has for a few years.

Cons

I don't have any.

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5 stars

"Free, effective, minimal drag on PC resources"

December 21, 2014

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Of course, it's free.
Upgrade options are fairly priced and have a lot to offer.
Hardly uses any computing resources.
VERY customizable.
Has never forced me to make any particular actions like Norton/McAfee have.
Have rarely had any confusing issues, but the support site actually has sensible answers.

Cons

So far, none, really. The online app has been very useful, but sometimes loads very late into a page and interrupts a video or something.

Summary

This is probably the best one out there. I can't say if the free version is the best free AV, but the paid editions are absolutely the best deal you can find.

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5 stars

"Great product."

December 21, 2014  |  By boredxbox360er

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Easy to use,automatic updates and its free.

Cons

i have not really found any cons.

Summary

i recommend it to friends and family who are in need of a good anti virus.i have use it for at least 5 years or more.

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5 stars

"Best free antivirus out there."

December 21, 2014  |  By virgilio12

 |  Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.0.2208

Pros

Stability.

Cons

You have to pay for premium features.

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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 340,656,965
Downloads Last Week 1,128,473
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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