Avast is a dependable security program that offers a variety of features. It performs well in independent testing and is able to neutralize threats with a high degree of accuracy. The free version is among the top available and its premium and ultimate versions include additional features that set it apart from other antivirus programs. There is a sandbox to separate unknown files, as well as a Wi-Fi inspector, which allows you to connect securely to public or private networks.
Avast Antivirus is available for Windows-based PCs under the name Avast Free Antivirus. It is also available for Mac computers that run macOS as Avast Security. Android mobile devices are protected by Avast Mobile Security. Apple products like the iPad, iPhone and iPod are protected by Avast SecureLine. Avast Endpoint Protection is also available in a version for businesses.
Its user interface has a modern and sleek design, with a blue color scheme, orange accents (from its logo) and green « all-clear » buttons that indicate the security of your computer. Its tools are neatly divided into three tabs on the left side of the screen: Protection, Privacy and Performance.
In the early months of 2020, Avast found itself at the center of a massive privacy scandal when it was accused of selling information about its users, including the websites they visited as well as their search keywords and videos watched. Avast affirms that it has been able to stop this practice, but some experts remain skeptical.
The malware detection rate of Avast is high and its antivirus program has been highly praised for its speed and its minimal impact on the operating system. It’s easy to install and also has a good customer support reputation. However, its paid plans can be expensive when as compared to other antivirus software. Avast has a 30-day money-back guarantee.