Avast’s free antivirus software is impressively powerful, with a comprehensive collection of tools and features that make it one of the top options for novices. There have been some controversy about the suite’s data-logging and session features (and subsequent selling of consumer browsing habits through an affiliate) however, it is ahead of the rest of its competition in regards to malware detection. The compulsory initial scan that happens as part of the installation process is a fantastic feature,, and lets the suite make use of its native tools.
All Avast plans are available for Windows, macOS, and Android All plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Upgrading to one of the premium suites gives you access to a number of additional features, including an advanced firewall, anti-phishing security, and an automatic VPN. You also get the Rescue Disk and a secure browser for online banking and shopping. It also comes with advanced anti-tracking and optimization tools for your system.
Avast smart scan is one of the most useful tools. It is a thorough and faster way to examine your computer for problems. My tests showed that even though it’s a useful tool, there were some issues when analyzing certain types of ransomware, for example. This could lock selected files and demand a fee to retrieve them.
Another handy tool is Avast’s web cleanup module, which cleans browsing histories as well as caches and cookies for all major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave, Edge, Internet Explorer) as well as a range of other applications. This is a simple, effective tool, however, it’s not the same number of customization options or privacy settings as the other competitors.