Avast provides a broad array of features in a well-designed program that performs very well in independent tests, and reliably eliminates threats. The free version is one of the best, and its premium or ultimate versions include extra features that make it stand out from other antivirus programs. There’s a sandbox feature to remove files that are not known, and Wi-Fi inspector to help you connect with security on public or private networks.
Avat Antivirus is available for Windows-based PCs as Avast Free Antivirus MacOS-based Mac computers as Avast Security, Android mobile devices as Avast Mobile Security, and Apple products like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod as Avast SecureLine. Avast Endpoint Protection is also available as a version suited for business.
The user interface is simple and sleek, with a blue-colored theme and orange accents (from the company’s logo) and green “all clear” buttons that let you know if your system is secure. The tools are neatly organized into three tabs on the left side of your screen: Performance, Privacy, and Protection.
Avast was at the forefront of an important privacy controversy in the first quarter of 2020 when it was accused by a lot of people of selling information on its users. This included which websites they visited, their search terms, and videos they watched. Avast claims it has ended this practice, but some experts remain skeptical.
Avast’s malware detection rate is high, and its antivirus software has been highly praised for its speed and its minimal impact on the operating system. It’s easy to install and has a solid customer support reputation. Its paid plans are more expensive than other antivirus programs. Avast’s 30-day money-back guarantee is a big benefit.