Avast Free Antivirus 2015 User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Free Avast AntiVirus works great!"

    April 21, 2015  |   By 1949Frank

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    The Free Avast AntiVirus works great especially when couple with a quality free registry cleaner. The only thing you need to be mindful of is that since your registry cleaner would be from a different manufacturer (I hate the Grimefighter that Avast makes you pay for if you want it), Avast easily tries to label your cleaner as a virus or malware and tries to stop its functioning. You need to be vigilant about stopping Avast from doing so. There are 2 great free registry cleaners. The best Free one is from IObit and is called Advanced SystemCare 8 and has lots of other things that go with it, however you need a computer with lots of available RAM to support it. If that is an issue, then I recommend from Cleanersoft its Free Registry Fix. The Free Avast combined with a good quality Free registry cleaner is like having Free Internet Security. Since I am retired and on a fixed income, I just can't afford to pay for software. I have tried other free Antivirus software and Avast is the best!

    Cons

    Many times there are too many false positives that label other good software that you have on your computer as either a virus or malware. Making it easier to cooperate with other manufacturer's software is the one thing Avast could do to improve their product.

    Summary

    When compared to other Free AntiVirus software (like AVG or Avira), Avast is simply the best. I found AVG to be too irritating while not finding nearly what Avast finds while Avira is so loaded with advertisements that Avira can appear as a virus in and of itself. You just can' go wrong with Avast!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nagware Now :("

    April 21, 2015  |   By manicscitzo

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    -Free
    -Real time protection
    -Good detection

    Cons

    - Intrusive targeted popups

    Summary

    A good free antivirus that they've recently added a large number of popup dialogs to in order to nag you.

    Avast is monitoring what you're doing/programs you're using as part of the antivirus but also uses that to deliver targeted "ads" to you regularly, not cool. Originally they included an option in the settings to turn off the popups but later removed it for free users, you can still set them to appear for 0 or 1 second.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A solid, free antivirus program."

    April 21, 2015  |   By Alex Laliberty

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    Offers a free version, which updates frequently and provides excellent virus protection; not a drain on system resources; easy to use

    Cons

    Increasingly frequent pop-ups pestering you with information about services that can only be accessed through a paid version of Avast! It was once a pro that this program did not bother you with advertisements.

    Summary

    I understand the purpose of advertisements; however, I would prefer if their frequency were reduced to a minimum. If I wasn't interested in buying a product a moment ago, then I'm not going to be any more interested in purchasing it now -- once a day would suffice. Otherwise, this program does what it advertises and I will probably continue to use it despite the pop-ups.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best antivirus program ever."

    April 20, 2015  |   By Zephyr Zadark

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    Low on resource usage
    Frequent updates, automatic and doesn't require manual intervention
    FREE
    Modern user interface

    Cons

    Lacks a strong antispyware.

    Summary

    Best antivirus you can ever find. Do not go for AVG, Norton, McAfee, etc etc... This is the only antivirus you will ever need.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great virus package."

    April 20, 2015  |   By KBrod666

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    Compact install, fast updating.

    Cons

    Pop-Up advertisements

    Summary

    Overall, for a free program, it exceeds the competition and doesn't force you to purchase the pro version unless you want more security.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems to work fine for free, but won't suit everyone"

    April 20, 2015  |   By PeterJHB

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    Frequent updates
    Low system hog
    Thorough operation
    No cost unless you upgrade

    Cons

    Obtrusive pop-ups and voices for those who already know how to do things properly
    Free version cannot be turned-off to allow professional application installations
    Must be temporarily un-installed to allow correct app installation
    Cannot adjust the way it runs, without using a non-existent password

    Summary

    As this free utility appears to run well and to do its job well according to test reviews, in comparison to rivals, it is a great pity that it also causes hassles by not permitting easy control of how it is used. Otherwise it could get a 5 star rating.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "free protection just re-up once a year"

    April 19, 2015  |   By mikecrab205

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    free to use for many years now

    Cons

    i have been a free customer for many years and have not had virus problems. my computer was bogging down and i bought grimefighter. could not get it to load. neither could the on-line help. when i refused to buy their $200 clean up, they hung up on me. they will not refund my money or return my calls. don't buy anything, just use the free service.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "5/5 for the best free antivirus software out there."

    April 19, 2015  |   By armondcooperstone

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    Friendly, easy to use and just sits in the background without annoying "Is this site safe to use" configuring.

    Cons

    None that I have found after nearly a year of use.

    Summary

    Love the friendly voice, actually prefer the American lady on mine, despite being Scottish myself!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best free Anti Virus"

    April 17, 2015  |   By Aaron Barnhurst

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    It's free
    Can link multiple devices

    Cons

    I haven't come across any cons and I've been using the software for 3 years now.

    Summary

    I have the free version installed on my desktop but I am using the paid version on my android device and love it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Incredible...attacks eradicated since its install."

    April 17, 2015  |   By dougkliewer

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2215

    Pros

    Works quietly in the background and stops any unsuspecting attacks

    Cons

    periodic popup but minimum that it is not a bother

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