This step-by-step manual explains how to install Avast Free Antivirus 2015 (version 10). It assumes you have the software already downloaded and ready to install on your hard drive or external device like a flash drive. For those who like videos, there is a fantastic commentated ‘Video Manual‘ on this page.

Avast antivirus system requirements are nothing special, and really everyone meets them these days, but if you’re not sure you can check them here.

1. Run the Setup File and Select Installation Type

Locate the file called ‘avast_free_antivirus_setup.exe,‘ or ‘avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe,‘ on your computer and start the three-step installation. If the install wizard is not in your language, you can change it in the top-right corner. Your selected language will also be the one in which you will have the Avast user interface, though you can change the language anytime later in the program settings.

On the first screen you have to choose the type of installation:

  • Regular installation (recommended) – Avast will be installed with the default set of components (including SecureLine VPN, GrimeFighter, and Software Updater).
  • Custom installation (for advanced users) – You can select which components, shields, and languages you want to install. This is useful when you don’t want to install SecureLine VPN or GrimeFighter.

Unless you are an advanced user, we recommend to go with the regular installation.

At the bottom of the first step, Avast usually offers some additional products like Google Chrome, Dropbox, or Avast EasyPass. So be sure to check this option as well and decide whether or not you want that product to be installed.

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2. Read and Accept End User License Agreement (EULA)

In the second part of the first step, you have to accept the Avast End User License Agreement (so called ‘EULA’). You may read it in the full PDF version, but in short – AVAST collects information from your computer and may share it with a third party; on the other hand, this information can’t be used for targeting or identifying your person. So really no big deal. If you agree and accept the new EULA, just click on the blue button ‘Continue’.

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3. Actual Installation Process

During the secondstep, you actually do not have to do anything. You can just sit and watch the progress bar show Avast being downloaded, creating a system restore point, and the Avast files being copied onto your computer. Also, you can read useful information about the new Avast 2015 features like Home Network Security.

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4. Installation Finished

Congratulations, now you should have Avast antivirus 2015 completely installed on your computer. In the last step just click on ‘Done’ and Avast will launch a quick scan to check your computer for viruses and malware.

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Avast Free Antivirus 2015 Installation – Quick Scan After InstallationAvast Free Antivirus 2015 Installation – Quick Scan After Installation

During the quick scan, you can check the Avast tutorial, which will explain to you the main features and benefits of using Avast Free Antivirus 2015.

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After the quick scan is finished, we recommend to restart your system.

5. Register for a Free 1-Year License

Once the installation is complete, we recommend to do a free registration so you can use the product for one year. Check our guide here – ‘Register for Free and Get License Key for Your Avast Antivirus 2015‘.

Video Manual – How to Install & Register a Free License for Avast Free Antivirus 2015

System Requirements for Avast Antivirus 2016

  • Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1 or higher / Vista / XP SP2 or higher (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Processor Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 or above
  • 256 MB RAM memory or above
  • 1.5 GB of free hard disk space
  • Please note that Avast antivirus 2016 (version 11) won’t work on Microsoft Windows 95 / 98 / ME / 2000 / Server, or any other operating system which isn’t specified above
  • These system requirements are relevant for all Avast core products (Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, Internet Security, and Premier)

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2015 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, or Avast Premier) running the latest version available.

Steps are relevant for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

This article has 77 comments | Did we miss anything? Just let us know in the comments!

  1. Gina Reply

    I am looking to see if there is any way to create a manual install with the avast free antivirus. We are having some trouble with pushing the antivirus out to some systems.

  2. tony Reply

    Just upgrade to win vista from xp, had been using current Avast prior to upgrade. I donwloaded the latest Avast 2015 and installed, but now Avast wont initiate “avast background svc not running” and it wont update due to Avast background svc not running.

    Any solutions?

  3. Lweb Reply

    I cannot install the free version. I want to put this on an old XP machine and it continuously tells me that i do not have enough free space. Well I spent a great portion of the day clearing and cleaning. I have 2 GB free now, but it still is not enough. Just how much space does this application require??

  4. smanga Reply

    this morning at 8 i installed the 2015 free avast, it then required me to restat my computer, i did that but issue is when its restarted it keeps loading and it says ” keep your computer plugged in until this is done, Installing update 1 of 1″ the time now is 14:30 and its still saying that. WHAT TO DO?

  5. Ennio Sanges Reply

    Bonjour, Je souhaite réinstaller mon antivirus payant suite au formatage de mon disque dur.
    Votre prompte réponse sera très appréciée.
    Cdl, Sanges

  6. james Reply

    had same problem with avast…I won’t use it and I read this page…sounds like a bundle pusher site,frankly…Open Candy is in the software,,advertisers….installer sucks………..

  7. Attie Reply


    I tried several times installing the product but it is giving me a red cross with the message, “There was an error while completing the set up process”, below the cross and a blue button telling me to restart my computer.

    Please help me.

  8. kripansh Reply

    it gives me an red x on completing the installation process and recommended me to restart your can I undo this?

      • kripansh Reply

        when the installation process is completed then it gives me an error and sometimes it gives error in between the installation process and after the error when i click to try again it doesn’t starts again the installation process due to the red x error.

  9. sheriff Reply

    I try to install avast on my system.. But it giving me the red cross sign.error. please what is the problem?

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