Avast Free Antivirus 2015 User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best AV software so far."

    May 26, 2015  |   By widhar

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    It's free, powerfull, keep update, and minimum resources usage.
    I use it for almost 10 yrs and just fine since.

    Cons

    Newer version doesn't work for my 15 cloned PCs, Avast disabled it self after couple of hrs. Must rollback to version 8 for cloned pc's.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Free virus protection on demand as well as active"

    May 26, 2015  |   By Stop_Spamming

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    Mostly unobtrusive, works in the background and provides the feeling of being protected from malicious software.

    Cons

    Too many add-ons. Tries to be a one-stop solution and fails.
    Promises to speed up boot-time by eliminating unnecessary software - without specifying what avast deems unnecessary.
    False positives can't be white listed.
    Clumsy interface.
    The potentially useful software updater fails 70% of the time and eg Java is reported as up-to-date and outdated simultaneously without offering a solution.

    Summary

    Virus protection is ok, the additional features either require some work or should be dropped to focus on the core functionality.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Too much advertising"

    May 26, 2015  |   By g4182970

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    Looks like it works.

    Cons

    Advertises their other programs on YOUR computer.
    Pushes alerts like "YOU COMPUTER IS SLOW, use this program to fix it", without telling anything else.
    When it decided to start monitoring another program in a sandbox, it is very hard to stop it, and you have to start the program again afterwards.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best Anti-Virus Software!!"

    May 25, 2015  |   By royce0469

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    Installed it since 2009 and still running..

    Cons

    Nothing I knew..

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to install and maintain, relatively easy to update"

    May 25, 2015  |  

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    Freeware for the basic version, which seems good enough at keeping most mundane malware at bay. Easy to update, runs well at relatively low resource consumption in the background, and easy to disable while running high-demand local applications.

    Cons

    Freeware version has pop-ups which appear occasionally (perhaps once per windows bootup), with reminders for updating, or upgrade specials, or the like. Not terrible by any means.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome, used at home for years with no breaches at all"

    May 25, 2015  |   By Hony

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    Easy, quick, lean and free for home use

    Cons

    No cons at all

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Free Antivirus used. Installed on all computers."

    May 25, 2015  |   By Bushy260

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    Boot-time scan, which starts before any other program has a chance to load, is a major plus.
    Easy to turn off all active functions, with multiple shut-down times available, to allow other scanning software programs to run without interference.
    Has the ability to work in conjunction with other anti-virus programs.
    Network scanning ability to verify security and password strength is appreciated.
    Recommended to all friends as a primary antivirus.
    Software updater is a useful tool.

    Cons

    Software updater does not pick up older versions of windows that don't support the software update suggested. For example, Adobe Reader update is not available for systems still running the unsupported Windows XP.

    Summary

    Walk into most computer shops in Australia, at the right time, and you will hear the friendly voice of Avast advising the database has been updated. If good enough for a computer repair store to use Avast, then it has to be a good antivirus to have at home. I love the ease of use and it's functionality. Highly recommended. :-)

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Once great product now plagued w/annoying upsell popups"

    May 24, 2015  |   By blbroom

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    Have used Avast Free for more than 10 years and was exceptionally happy for the first 8 years until latest versions added so many pop ups and other annoyances. Does great job protecting from viruses and routinely updating to address new threats

    Cons

    The pop-up notifications are incredibly annoying. Particularly w/the most current version which has added even more pop-up ads for Avast products. So much so that I'm investigating other antivirus products. Slows down PC performance quite a bit; particularly when searching your C drive to see if it can recommend a new product to sell you

    Summary

    Searching for another product

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very nice!!!"

    May 24, 2015  |   By Faizal Shah Alam

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    Benefit on computer which protect us for surfing on internet

    Cons

    Need support for computer which is old version

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is easy to keep up to date using Avast."

    May 24, 2015  |   By zforaker

    Version: Avast Free Antivirus 2015 2015.10.2.2218

    Pros

    Free, secure download, updated regularly.

    Cons

    the up-sell attempts might fool some people into buying a paid version without meaning to.

    Summary

    I use it on all computers I administer as the first line of defense.

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